Love With a Chance of Drowning

A Memoir

  • Imprint: Summersdale
  • Format: Ebook
  • Pages: 320
  • Price: £6.68
  • Publication date: 1 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780857658807

About the book

Love can make a person do crazy things. . .

A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat, a new relationship and her floundering sanity afloat.

But when she meets Ivan, a handsome Argentinean man with a humble sailboat and a dream to set off exploring the world, Torre has to face a hard decision: watch the man she’s in love with sail away forever, or head off on the watery journey with him. Suddenly the choice seems simple. She gives up her sophisticated city life, faces her fear of water (and tendency towards seasickness) and joins her lover on a year-long voyage across the Pacific.

Set against a backdrop of the world’s most beautiful and remote destinations, Love with a Chance of Drowning is a sometimes hilarious, often moving and always breathtakingly brave memoir that proves there are some risks worth taking.

About the author

Torre DeRoche writes about her travels and misadventures on her blog where she hopes to inspire others to face fears and follow dreams. When she’s not at home DeRoche is at large in the world, writing, snapping photos, painting pictures, pursuing adventures and facing her fears one terrified step at a time.


'The story of how DeRoche overcame her fears, her self-deprecating humour and her way with words would have been enough to make this a great story. The fact her Argentinian boyfriend combines the passion of a Latin lover with the grit and spirit of a Scandinavian seafarer makes this book a Hollywood dream come true.'

The Sydney Morning Herald

'Follow the story of self-styled fearful adventurer Torre DeRoche as she embarks on a year-long voyage across the Pacific'

National Geographic Traveller (UK edition)

'In Love With a Chance of Drowning, Torre DeRoche has given reluctant adventurers, romantics, and lovers of beautifully-told tales a compulsively good read. I was positively swept away by this large-hearted, hilarious story about how deeply and unexpectedly a person can be transformed by love.'

Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch

'A funny, irresistibly offbeat tale about the risks and rewards of living, and loving, with an open heart.'


'Hilarious ... recounts the adventure of a lifetime.'

Vogue Australia

'By turns gripping, laugh-out-loud funny, moving and uplifting... Almost any reader with a sense of adventure or a desire to confront their fears should love it.'

Australian Bookseller & Publisher

'Wow, what a book. Exciting. Dramatic. Honest.'

Australian Associated Press

'DeRoche has penned such a beautiful, thrilling story you'll have to remind yourself it's not fiction. Her language is effortless.'

Courier Mail

'I was hooked from page one! Love with a Chance of Drowning is an epic tale of love and fortitude that will thrill its readers. Torre is a natural storyteller with a knack for extracting the dramatic, comedic and romantic from every incident. An incredible journey, both literal and metaphorical - it will sweep you away. … fresh, funny and exhilarating.'

Veronica Henry, author of The Long Weekend

'I loved this book. With a great deal of humour, Torre takes the reader on a sometimes terrifying, always entertaining trip into the high seas. An inspiring read about facing your worst fears - in this case, deep oceans, sharks and falling overboard.'

Karen Wheeler, author of Tout Sweet

'Love on the ocean waves... daring, romantic and uplifting.'

Emma Woolf, author of The Ministry of Thin

'If I could give it ten stars out of five, I would. I loved every single page - Torre's writing is hilarious, beautiful, poignant'

Jenny Blake, author of Life after College

'A gripping romantic adventure - with laughs (and whales).'

Maggie Alderson, author of How to Break Your Own Heart

'I found myself laughing out loud as often as I was turning the page to find out what happens next.'

Nick O'Kelly, author of Get Her on Board

'Here's a book for those who have been swept away by love and adventure - and for those who one day hope to be.'

Rachel Friedman, author of The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost

'Torre's book is more than just a love story. It's a story about conquering the fears that keep you from living your dreams.'

Matthew Kepnes, author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and blogger at

'A hang-onto-your-seat, laugh-out-loud, emotional roller-coaster across the Pacific Ocean.'

Danny Bent, author of You've gone too far this time, Sir!

'An armchair voyage [with] all the perfect ingredients for a sweet love story, above and beyond the adventure of it all.'

Tania Aebi, author of Maiden Voyage

'A story of finding courage when your gut clenches and all you want to do is go home.'

Normandie Ward Fischer, author of Becalmed

'You'll get a lot of things out of this book, I promise you. You will ask questions about your own life, your fears, your ambitions and your spirit. But at its heart this is a love story that will keep you turning the pages and leave you feeling bereft as you finish the last line.'

The Modern Women's Survival Guide online magazine

'wonderfully written… a tale of an amazing journey that will sweep you away.'

'Luminous, sparkling… Those words describe the spectacular waters she visits and sails, but they also describe Torre herself as she lets us in to her inner world.'

'The best travel memoir I have ever read, hands down.'

'If it's not the best travel book I've read this year, I don't know what is.'

'She talks to you as if she's your best friend recounting her tales over a bottle of red, and you leave thinking 'if she can do it, then so can I' … A shining beacon in a crowded genre, Love with a chance of drowning is a stunning memoir'