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Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Voyage of Discovery

(Journeys #2)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  39 reviews
You're young, living comfortably in southern California. You're financially secure, though you don't know why or how. Your husband simply ignores you when you ask too many questions. He's hoping for another job overseas, doing something. You're not sure what, but you suspect it's not what he says.

You marriage is shaky. You survived a war in Cyprus together, lost everything
Paperback, 266 pages
Published February 8th 2016 by Peel Productions
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Stephanie Collins
Wow...what a rich, full life Ms. Joyce has lived! I would like to thank her for affording me a fantastic, on-the-edge-of-your-seat trip without the dozen or so heart attacks I would have certainly suffered, had I taken the voyage in the physical sense. Thankfully, due to her incredible imagery and storytelling I was able to easily live vicariously through Ms. Joyce - appreciating the sights, smells, and sounds along the way. Reading this gave me the advantage of time - time to digest twists and ...more
Julie Haigh
A tour of the places they saw and a tour of the foods.

Diary format, journal, travelogue, call it what you will-these are all my favourite forms of memoirs. I love that authors write things down as they are happening and you then get so much detail in their books. In her book Susan Joyce chronicles what was going to be a marvellous trip, a trip of a lifetime with friends on the yacht Zozo. There they were thinking of this luxury trip and they didn't have any clue what it would actually entail! On
Popy Tobing
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It really is a great journey, but I was expecting more details on Diego Garcia, yet it doesn't. Maybe I expect too much. LOL. ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read Susan Joyce’s first memoir and being enthralled by it I had high expectations of Good Morning Diego Garcia. I was not disappointed whatsoever. If anything it’s even more exciting! What an adventure! What a life changing experience! Susan and her husband Charles are invited to accompany Dylan and Mia, a couple she knew from Cyprus, to crew a yacht from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka to the Seychelles, all the way across the Indian Ocean then north through the Suez Canal. They decide it’s an o ...more
Sarah Butfield
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Over 50% of the book club members had read Susan's first book, 'The Lullaby Illusion' prior to joining this discussion and contributing towards this review of Good Morning Diego Garcia. That said, there was little disparity between the feedback of members who had read book 1 and those new to Susan's writing. Those new to Susan's writing style and storytelling did not feel disadvantaged in understanding or relation to this book because of not reading book 1 first.
Therefore, the overwhelming opini
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book to Beta Read--This is a fascinating memoir about a couple who are asked to help crew a sailboat from Sri Lanka thru the Suez canal and back to Europe. Susan isn't sure but her husband convinces her so off they go for a supposed 3 month sailing trip!! HaHa, what could possibly go wrong. How about a declared emergency in Bombay so they couldn't catch their flight on to Sri Lanka but guess what--the airlines put them up in a luxury hotel and they had time to do some sightseein ...more
Terry Bryan
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As you read this exciting book just keep reminding yourself, the author is alive and that fact is stunning in light of their adventurous ocean crossing. This book is a highly entertaining read, causing me to get little accomplished for a short time. I've not had an ocean voyage grip me like this since reading The Perfect Storm. Kudos, Susan Joyce. Buy this book and prepare for a great adventure. ...more
Ciara Threadgoode
Susan Joyce does it again!
Just as I did "The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening" (Journeys – Volume 1).. I thoroughly enjoyed hitching a ride with Susan as she shared her incredible journey with me and her readers. I absolutely love Susan's writing style... and would read anything she wrote. Great Memoir!
Amy Bovaird
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the title of Susan Joyce’s memoir, Good Morning, Diego Garcia. Right away, I am drawn in when I learn the author is writing a book about her experience surviving the Coup de ’tat and subsequent war in Cyprus in 1975. As that endeavor is halted by a turn of good fortune in being offered to sail the Indian Ocean from Sri Lanka to Seychelles.

I really enjoyed reading the detailed and extensive cultural dishes Joyce describes on the plane, in various cities in India and Sri Lanka
Brigid Gallagher
After surviving the traumatic events of the Cyprus coup, Susan and Charles are settling into a quiet life in California. However, an invitation to sail with old friends across the Indian Ocean and on through the Suez Canal takes the couple on another roller coaster adventure.
The Indian State of Emergency disrupts their journey to Sri Lanka. However, they delight in visiting several cities and breathtaking sites including the Taj Mahal. I loved reading Susan's detailed descriptions of India and i
Douglas Cobb
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery (Journeys – Book 2), talented author Susan Joyce relates her further memoirs, which she began in The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening (Journeys – Volume 1). The result is a fascinating book, combining the genres of memoirs and travel books, relating the author’s further adventures, when she and her husband, Charles, are invited by friends to travel in a yacht they are breaking in on its maiden voyage, and they travel to many exotic l ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many people choose to spend much of their lives in the safe comfort and security of what is known to them. A few people like Author Susan Joyce, seem to spend a great portion of their time discovering new ways of broadening their life experiences and their encounters with discomfort, irrespective of it being one or four cornerstones of life, physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual. The saving grace for the author is her willingness and ability to grow and learn from these encounters.

Julie Haigh
*This review is for the audiobook edition of this book*
An excellent travel memoir.

I have actually read this book before and still enjoyed experiencing it again via audiobook edition-there are so many fascinating facts and information, it's certainly well worth listening to again. My ideal is for memoir authors to read their own audiobook really but I accept that time can be an issue-and maybe not having all the tech gear. I think this narrator (Karen Commins) was a good choice. The author is Ame
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a long journey from Ojai California to a pleasure yacht on the Indian Ocean, and one normally undertaken with a certain degree of expertise under one's belt, using a roadmap for success.

Susan Joyce had neither. What she did have was a shaky marriage, a comfortable (if not naïve) life in Southern California, and the lure of a different world which was accompanied (she discovered later) by a set of falsehoods and dangers that nearly cost her life.

Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Voyage of Disco
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.’ — Lao-Tzu

Los Angeles native Susan Joyce has written a second travel memoir based on her experiences and observations and ideas from her extensive travels throughout the globe. She lived in many places – including the Middle East and Europe and has worked as a secretary, a freelance writer, a teacher of computer classes and has written songs and become an artist. Add to this her avocation of writing a very successful series of childre
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Good Morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce in exchange for an honest review.

What a pleasure to read and review Good Morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce.

Good Morning Diego Garcia is listed as a travel adventure/memoir but it was so easy to forget that and lose myself in the magnificence of Susan Joyce’s writing.

Good Morning Diego Garcia is Ms. Joyce’s personal voyage across the Indian Ocean. . .during monsoon season. But more than that, she records the
Pat Ellis
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to beta read this Memoir - I couldn't wait, as I so enjoyed The Lullaby Illusion by this Author. Thank goodness the Author kept a diary is all I can say - although how she managed that in such turbulent seas I just can't fathom - but she did and we're lucky enough to read about her time from leaving California to embark on a trip across the Indian Ocean whilst helping to crew a sailboat - in monsoon season no less. …… It's 1975, having survived a war in Cyprus and now living i ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do like a well thought out book title – one that catches the eye and makes one want to pick up the book to learn more of which may lie between the covers. Such is the case with “Good Morning Diego Garcia”. I have to confess that I read this author’s first book, “The Lullaby Illusion” a long while ago, and it was one which I enjoyed hugely. Would I reap the same sort of satisfaction from the next book on her journey of awakening, soul searching and globetrotting? Well, yes, indeed I did! Withou ...more
Sarah Peachey
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only thing wrong with this book is now I have an insatiable craving to read the first book in the series! (Well, I suppose the craving is satiable, just by buying the book!) I love that this is written as a novel, but yet it's the real life happenings of Susan Joyce. Sometimes I would lose myself in the story, and then remember that this really happened to someone, and it would just blow my mind. It definitely reads like a great story, but it's the chronicling of her life. I have done a litt ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Batten down the hatches! This memoir will take you on a wild ride across the Indian Ocean on a 54’ yacht. This is the second book in a series of Susan Joyce’s memoirs. In this book she and her husband Charles agree to join their friends Dylan and Mia as they sail a yacht from Sri Lanka to the Seychelles. The author’s vivid descriptions have you feeling like you are right there with her. When she described the storms on the ocean I actually started to feel queasy. This story takes place in 1975 a ...more
Leslie Nack
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
This book starts innocently enough in California when Susan and her husband, Charles, are offered an adventure on the ship, Zozo, sailing from Sri Lanka to the Seychelles. They accept the invitation and what ensues is an adventure beyond their wildest dreams and nightmares. Just getting to Sri Lanka to meet the boat is an adventure as they encounter unrest in India. Finally in Sri Lanka, they make the voyage without charts in 1975 during monsoon season aboard a ship that seems to be cursed becau ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curried Suspense

Having read Lullaby Illusions, Joyce's first memoir, I was curious to find out what happened next, of course. As a result of this sailing adventure (traversing the Indian Ocean, on a lark between her husband's job assignments), she not only encountered more than too many monsoons, but very troubling suspicions of similar intensity. Like most dramatic experiences, unexpected gifts emerged, and her reflections reset the compass of her personal journey.
My senses were delighted en
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good adventure is one you survive. A great adventure occurs, when not only do you survive, but you learn something from it. Ms. Joyce survived not only one, but also two great adventures. While she details her adventures from a first person narrative, including many personal details, it also highlighted how little respect women were afforded even in the 1970’s. From Ms. Joyce not having control of her money to her husband making the decisions that involved both of them.

This enlightening memoir
Cathy Monaghan
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year I read “The Lullaby Illusion” and absolutely loved it! It was a very exciting, cannot-put-it-down kind of book. I was ever so happy to see there was a sequel out this year, so I grabbed it up and started reading it right away. I didn't think anything would be as gripping as “The Lullaby Illusion” and I couldn't have been more mistaken. Susan Joyce has had way more than her share of adventures for one person. Having been on sail-boats (in semi-calm seas) I knew what she was experiencing ...more
Lucinda Clarke
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was tempted to buy this book as I liked the title and I knew it was a memoir, but I was not expecting to read such a good book – it blew me away. I ignored the piles of dishes, I switched off the TV and I read in bed until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. This reads like a novel and some of the passages are so descriptive, especially the ocean crossing were so vivid, you were right there battling the monsoon. The book also resounded for me with the paralle
Linda Hawkswell
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Having read The Lullaby Illusion I was excited and could not wait to be continuing with Susan and Charles life adventures. Susan´s explicit and descriptive writing drew me into their story and I was fascinated.
They were invited to join Dylan, Mia and Mia´s brother Alon to crew a yacht from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka to the Seychelles. Charles decided it was an adventure not to be missed, arranging all the details they soon set off for their new adventure. Their travels to Sri Lanka are disrupted by
Ruth Dresher-Brown
What a fascinating read! I didn't stop until it was finished. Wow, there's a lot of content on so many levels in Susan Joyce's 2nd Journey book. I must read #1 now. The way she incorporated the episodes from the years before, with the present was smooth and masterful, and suspenseful. There's the first hint at a new adventure, folding in the Cypress recovery and her previous near death experience. And there's Charles. Quickly they are on the move and the travel information was very informative. ...more
S.J. Francis
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not everyone can see the world but one can try as Susan Joyce did.
Ojai, California; Sri Lanka; Bombay, India; New Delhi & Agra; Calcutta; and Sailing Away….
I’m not one for memoirs, but every now and then one will pique my interest and I’ll read it. I’m an avid traveler and I love reading about others’ experiences. This book drew me in. I enjoyed this book right from the outset. The author’s words are almost lyrical; definitely an enjoyable read. “To Travel is to live”. Hans Christian Anderson
Sandra McKenna
A compelling story of awakening during a very turbulent journey.
Beginning in the US, through India, Sri Lanka, then a harrowing voyage across the high seas to Diego Garcia; on to the Seychelles and back to the US.
Wow, what an incredible adventure; I felt quite seasick reading of those horrific storms on the Indian Ocean.
Susan fantastic writing style certainly keeps the reader's eye glued to the page; I was riveted from beginning to end.
Lisa O'Callahan
Interesting information

Parts I loved, parts dragged, beginning poorly written, choppy writing throughout. More current historical details needed. Some reminded me of Shirley McClain's books.
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Born in Los Angeles California, Susan Joyce spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona and returned to LA as a young working woman. Inspired as a child by postcards from her globe-trotting great aunt, Susan left the United States at age 20 to see the world.

She planned on being gone for a year, but ended up living her 20s and 30s in Europe and the Middle East. As a Jill of all trades, she worke

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