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L. G. (L)
Subject: Red Sky in Mourning by Tami Oldham Ashcraft (non-fic, disaster memoir)
Date Posted: 1/2/2009 4:39 AM ET
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From the description:

A true-life adventure story with everything: page-turning suspense, remarkable acts of courage, wrenching despair -- and a triumphant, life-affirming ending.

Picture yourself in a tropical climate, sailing out to sea with your fiancé. Life is perfect; you’re young and in love. Then picture everything going horribly wrong. You inadvertently sail into a hurricane, you’re injured, and you wake up to find that your loved one is gone. Your boat’s motor is shot and your masts have disappeared. Utterly alone, you’re weeks from dry land. Red Sky in Mourning is the story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s 41-day journey to safety, which she survived through fortitude and sheer strength of character. Interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiancé Richard, this survival story offers an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments we are never truly alone.

My review:

Having sailed a few times in my life, I was a bit hesitant to pick up this book....I was afraid I see myself in too many of the descriptions, and I was right! Tami Oldham endured an epic journey that few of us could have managed. While sailing from Tahiti to San Diego with her fiance, they tried to outrun a hurricane that came up quickly, and they lost the battle. All of their well-laid plans went terribly wrong.

Fairly well-written, though chocked full of sailing lingo, her story is one you won't want to miss if you are an adventurer at heart. If you like sailing, this is a don't-miss read.

(Side note:  I read this in a few hours.  I couldn't put it down.  I love this kind of book, and this one was quite good. :)



Last Edited on: 1/2/09 4:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/3/2009 10:00 AM ET
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Oh, my.  Sounds like another to add to the Mount TBR!  Esp one that you've read in hours.  Thanks for posting this, Lyn.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 5:39 AM ET
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Bonnie, IMO the best of this "genre" (lost-at-sea-and-survived reports) I have read is Steven Callahan's Adrift, though this book (Red Sky...) is a much quicker read.  There was point in this book that I cried - and it's a story of persistence more than anything else.  Oh, and there is a spiritual aspect to it that you will LOVE. :)  Overall, a good read. :)

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 11:11 AM ET
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Great.  Thanks for elaborating, Lyn.

Goodness, there are a lot of versions of this book!  None available, though.  I did almost order some romance with the same title as it was the only one that came up until I clicked "all books."



Last Edited on: 1/4/09 11:14 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 3:36 PM ET
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Thanks for the rec, L!  You have a knack for finding great NF.   I'm not ordering it yet though...still haven't made it to Five Past Midnight which is your top rec.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 3:13 AM ET
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Jan, that's a great book but definitely not a quick read.  I was intimidated by it but I was so glad I read it. :)

Bonnie when I do these reviews I am always stuck between not wanting to spoil the book and trying to give a review that does it justice.  Nothing bugs me more than a review that spoils the story without warning!