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‘To Run Before the Sea’ is the first book of the Rosie Winterbourne series. We are introduced to Rosie, the naval rating who is struggling with getting back into her routine after losing her parents. This trauma causes disruption in Rosie’s life and leaves her struggling with her career and her sense of self and leading to the decision to fix her father’s yacht and sail around the Atlantic ocean.
The naval aspects of this book are very well-researched, and the author’s insight and experience is clearly demonstrated in the detailed descriptions. At the start of the book there are diagrams, a yacht layout, directional terms and the route taken by Rosie as she sails around the Atlantic. These are beneficial for readers such as myself who have no sailing experience, in case they would like a visual reference or guide while enjoying Rosie’s story.
I was personally more interested in the family drama and character aspects of the book than the sailing, accurate and detailed though it is and I settled into a story about a woman whose life had been turned upside down, with revelations continuing to shake her foundation. Rosie then finds a new sense of self by undertaking a challenge fraught with difficulty and tension.
‘To Run Before the Sea’ is multifaceted and offers challenge, adventure and strong characterisation that I think a wide range of readers will enjoy.
Blighted by bereavement and mental chaos, what can Rosie do to fix her life?
Returning to her destroyer from compassionate leave after losing her parents, Rosie Winterbourne believes she is ready to resume her duties. But more trouble lies ahead, and the naval rating soon finds herself battling to save her career. As life spins out of control, Rosie finds solace in the renovation of her father's old yacht and begins to dream of just sailing away from it all. What starts as a vague aspiration soon becomes a driven obsession, leading to a perilous year-long voyage and astonishing discoveries about herself and her past.
A potent mix of adventure and survival - alone - in the vastness of the Atlantic
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Publisher: Independently published
|Publication date:||9th August 2020|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Indie Author Books, Indie Books We Love, Thriller / Suspense,|