Living a Dream
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 In writing this book, Suzanne wanted to show the good as well as the not-so-good sides of cruising. Rather than a boring “we went here, then we went there” chronicle of our travels, Living a Dream is full of the emotions and stories that all sailors and cruisers will identify with.

We’ve had couples tell us they had to fight each other for “reading rights.” One woman wrote:

“I started it this morning with my first cup of coffee, and couldn't put it down till the end of Chapter 3. Then my husband picked it up and I had to nag him to stop reading as we had things to do.”

Cruising World Magazine says:

"Thoughtful and inspiring for those who wish to sail away to far horizons, Living A Dream is a worthy read."  

Good Old Boat Magazine says: Living a Dream is the most refreshing treatment on beginning the cruising lifestyle that I've read recently. For those who've fantasized or even begun planning this leap of faith, it is highly recommended. It holds forth a central theme for all who choose to see; that the potential of cruising is endless and the access or limitations are found within ourselves. An enthusiastic thumbs up for this forthright and centered couple. May all of our wakes cross theirs and may Suzanne's inspiration continue in future books.” (To read the entire Good Old Boat review, click here).

The reviewers on amazon.com and others who have emailed us have all given the book 5 stars. Read the latest guest book entries (from the bottom up) for more great feedback. Here are a few comments from amazon’s page (and Suzanne wants you to know that she is not related to these reviewers) :-)

“I just finished your book and it was fantastic! I couldn't put it down. I've read several books written by cruisers and yours was the best by far.”

“Both my wife and I finished the book in record time and agreed that it was one of the most fascinating personal interest and adventure books we've read.”

“I can't put it down. Normally I am dropping the book I am reading by 10:15 but the past two nights I have finally turned out the light at 11:00.”

“We both thoroughly enjoyed your book. Great balance of humor and serious content.”

“I highly recommend this book.”

One cruising woman who read the book told Suzanne that she hesitated to buy it because she feared it would just be another cruising diary. She later commented that she found the book captivating -- that it wasn’t just a book written by a cruiser trying to become an author, but a book written by an author who became a cruiser (This is Suzanne’s third book). The difference, she said, kept her turning the pages. She and her husband especially enjoyed how Suzanne wove her experiences at the Pentagon on 9/11 and Ty’s adventures on his destroyer and the battleship IOWA in with their present day experiences.

Here’s the entire review by Good Old Boat Magazine:

Living A Dream, by Suzanne Giesemann (Aventine Press, 2004; 277 pages;$16.95)


Review by Bob Wood

Hinsdale, NY

A refreshing, at times bluntly candid, perspective of a couple entering the
world of cruising. An in-your-face reality check for everyone's dreams of
casting off convention and embracing the carefree life. Eminently qualified,
technically, the author and her husband are both Navy retirees holding Coast
Guard licenses. Yet their backgrounds only reinforce the fact that all
cruisers encounter surprises. The delivery is strong and the message clear;
cruising is essentially an ever-unfolding discovery of your world and,
especially, yourself.

Suzanne Giesemann describes the thrills and throes of leaving a demanding,
fulfilling career for the contemplated idyllic lifestyle of increased
pleasure and lowered stress. They find that and more. Much more. Set against
the rich backdrop of New England and Canadian Maritime Provinces, physical
adventure will hold reader interest and personal impacts on the couple
provide much food for thought. Action, consequence and perspective are
intertwined and described wonderfully.

It's an objective and honest glimpse at the imperfect world that we love,
not a glossy soft-focus look at a romanticized boating world. The author
quite accurately describes the gritty details that many accounts overlook;
the strained encounters with inconsiderate boaters, physical discomfort,
culture clashes, medical self-reliance and destination shortfalls. And, of
course, the rich fabric of traveling afloat that balances the is-it-worth-it
equation; friendships forged from hardships shared, unforeseen bonuses from
apparently mundane decisions and the awe of discovery when least expected.
Underscoring the balance is their appreciation for the majesty and beauty of
nature.

This is as much about a journey inward-bound as it is outward. The greatest
rewards of cruising are peeling away layers of facade and living an
elemental lifestyle of endeavor and reward. Elemental and satisfying. Core
values and relationships become paramount, artificial banalities shrink in
importance.

Still, it's a jolt for the couple to find themselves in a world defined by a
few slow-moving square feet after careers crisscrossing the world at hyper
speeds. Their new world is often challenging at a gut level and sometimes
hazardous with comfort envelopes stretched. They are honest in their
self-appraisals, their evolving relationship and growth. They seem like old
friends that I've sailed with forever.

Living a Dream is the most refreshing treatment on beginning the cruising
lifestyle that I've read recently. For those who've fantasized or even begun
planning this leap of faith, it is highly recommended. It holds forth a
central theme for all who choose to see; that the potential of cruising is
endless and the access or limitations are found within ourselves. An
enthusiastic thumbs up for this forthright and centered couple. May all of
our wakes cross theirs and may Suzanne's inspiration continue in future
books.
 

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