“In the context of my childhood home, I saw myself morphed into somebody new: an empowered woman who believed in herself. I was equipped with a powerful mantra that cracked open a world of possibilities: I can do anything. I’ve faced my fears. I’ve journeyed half the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat. I can service dinghy engines!” – Love With a Chance of Drowning
Many of my favorite stories are true ones.
They’re about real people with real fears and failings, quirks and charms. People who choose to be vulnerable, to share themselves with their readers. People who choose to do something spectacular and different with their lives.
It’s a book about a real person who takes a big chance, falls in love, and faces her fears. It’s about her hopes and her doubts. It’s about possibility…the possibility that we all could pull up our roots, face our fears, and have an extraordinary life.
Like Eat Pray Love, it’s not a memoir of place as much as a memoir of experience against a superb background of place, as Torre and her Argentinian lover pull up anchor and attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat.
Most of all, for me, it was a story of triumph, of self-discovery, and of strength. I particularly loved this quote from the end of the book:
“The young girl I used to be was shed among the trade winds and seawater, and I’ve returned home as a woman who, it seems, has lived an entire lifetime. I’m strong, self-assured, and deeply connected to the earth by feet that have widened into solid, grounded supports from years without shoes. Life now feels like a game without rules, one I can design to my liking within this enormous playground called earth. Nothing is unobtainable, and this knowledge brings a deep sense of contentment…” – Love With a Chance of Drowning
If you haven’t yet, you should buy it.
And I hope it inspires you as much as it did me.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Finally, allow me to pause and thank Torre for sending me a free copy to read. As usual, all opinions are decidedly my own. I absolutely loved this book and plan on reading it again soon.