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Plunge: one woman’s pursuit of a life less ordinary by Liesbet Collaert

December 4, 2020

Liesbet Collaert is a Belgian woman living in the United States and this book recounts the story of how she and her boyfriend decided to cut loose from the demands and restrictions of a standard and routine lifestyle to go sailing with their two dogs. I received an ARC copy of the book from the author and am happy to report that it is a really gripping, compelling and exciting read.

My own home is on a canal boat and I have no desire to go sailing at all, but I’m fascinated by sailing memoirs. Like many other sailing women, Liesbet started out with no experience and I take my hat off to her for her gutsy stoicism in bravely tackling whatever the seas could throw at her, and that was sometimes horrific. I was frequently holding my breath while I was reading.

However, this is not only a travel adventure; it is also about breaking free, learning to be independent of life’s usual trappings and dealing with all the emotions living with one person in a very confined space can bring. Liesbet’s open honesty is sometimes heart-rending and sometimes even a little shocking, but she is always totally candid about her feelings. There were plenty of issues to deal with on both the health and financial fronts, and these could hurt deeply, especially when it came to their beloved dogs.

In the book, Liesbet goes through the whole gamut of emotions and courageously bares her soul to the reader in this well-written roller-coaster ride of a book. I felt totally involved in her life and when I finished, I felt as if I’d travelled the world with her. A really super read and highly recommended for all those who love travel, sailing and personal explorations.

The link to the book is here

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  1. I’m humbled, touched, and delighted that you are sharing my book and your review here with your readers as well, Val! Thank you so much. And, are you sure you won’t venture on a sailboat to go cruising one day? I promise it will all be smooth sailing, amazing sunsets, and yummy cocktails (or wine) in the cockpit… πŸ™‚

  2. It’s a real pleasure, Liesbet. It’s a terrific book and a great read πŸ™‚

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