Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

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Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche

A book for anyone with a sense of adventure, whether you’re an armchair traveller or someone who wants to see more of the world.

While working overseas in San Francisco for a year, Australian girl Torre DeRoche meets a hot Argentinian in a bar. Their romance is meant to be just a temporary thing, but somehow she ends up sailing around the South Pacific with him, despite a complete fear of sailing. Will their love survive the open water?

I first heard of the fearful adventurer by following a series of links and connections via Twitter. DeRoche’s book had not yet been published, but her story seemed so interesting. I immediately tried to get the ending out of her via Twitter but no, I was not allowed to kill a fairy and had to wait for the book to come out. When it did, I promptly downloaded the book, loaded it on the Kindle on my iPhone and, mid-book, left my phone on a bus…but not before skipping to the ending and killing a fairy!

What I love most about this book is that it combines two of my passions—travel and romance.

I laughed out loud at La Roche’s adventures, whether it was being paranoid and researching safety equipment pre-trip, their obsession with fresh fruit, her partner’s accident-prone attempts at fixing the boat, or their epic fishing fails. I loved the description of the tropical islands, the warmth of the people, and the encounters they had with other sailors. I liked how the book fueled my own sense of adventure—I know I will take my turn around the world someday, but I don’t think I’m going to do it on a boat! La Roche took me on a journey not just around the world but in overcoming her fears, and I couldn’t help but cheer for her as I went along for the ride.

This book inspired me to explore more, and I hope to visit the Pacific Islands someday. I’m looking forward to the author’s next adventure.

Oh, and yes, Kat, there is a happy ending. :)

Yay or nay?

This book is for anyone with a sense of adventure, whether you’re an armchair traveller or someone who wants to see more of the world. I also think this is an adventure that romance readers would enjoy.

Who might enjoy it: Fearful adventurers

Who might not enjoy it: Armchair cynics

Wandergurl reviews a travel book once a month as part of Travel Tuesday (#traveltuesday) on Twitter. This book is self-published under Gauguin Media.

December 2011 update: This book has been picked up by major publishers in Australia and internationally. Film rights have also been optioned. Click here for details.  

Title: Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning (excerpt — requires Flash)
Author: Torre DeRoche
Publisher: Gauguin Media
B format: 9780615521114 (27/8/2011)

EBOOKS: Kindle UK | Kindle US
WORLDWIDE: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Library

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Wandergurl

Wandergurl is a sometime traveller who spends her daylight hours making sure that things go the way they're supposed to with minimum bureaucracy (don't ask!). A firm believer that thirty is the new twenty, she will probably never look her age (or act it!). An enthusiastic football supporter (that would be soccer to you) she will get up at odd hours to watch a game, and of course it's not just because the players are hot. She loves history, geography and is pretty good at trivia, thanks to her propensity to remember random bits of celebrity gossip. When not reading or travelling, she can be found indulging in her other passion -- eating -- and can be found at Wake up and smell the coffee.

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  1. Marg

    is this the book that you were talking about on Twitter this morning as being a self published book? If yes, did you notice editing errors etc. I am happy to take word of mouth recs for a self published book but not so keen to take random chances.

  2. Kat

    Yes, this is the book we mentioned on Twitter. Wandergurl said she didn’t even know until I told her. (And I only knew because I was trying to find the publisher’s website and found an interview where the author talks about self-publishing.) So I think the quality is comparable to a mainstream book. You should be able to preview some pages on Amazon if you’re still undecided.

    If you do pick up the book, please let me know what you think!

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