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Liesbet Collaert
Author
Plunge

Tropical waters turn tumultuous in this travel memoir as a free-spirited woman jumps headfirst into a sailing adventure with a new man and his two dogs.

Join Liesbet as she faces a decision that sends her into a whirlwind of love, loss, and living in the moment. When she swaps life as she knows it for an uncertain future on a sailboat, she succumbs to seasickness and a growing desire to be alone.

Guided by impulsiveness and the joys of an alternative lifestyle, she must navigate personal storms, trouble with US immigration, adverse weather conditions, and doubts about her newfound love.

Does Liesbet find happiness? Will the dogs outlast the man? Or is this just another reality check on a dream to live at sea?

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Have you ever wondered how life could be if you had made different choices? If you didn’t marry early, commit to a large loan for the house, focus on your career, start a family?

Maybe you're just curious about how a person thinking outside the box manages? A person without boundaries, striving to be flexible, happy, and free.

What you are about to read is how one such person follows her dreams, no, her intuition, and how she survives her naivety, life altering twists, and a relationship in close quarters.

Plunge is a story of what happens when you go with the flow, when you have a bright idea - or thought you had one – and ride the waves of the unknown.

Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Plunge follows the journeys of an unconventional couple who live and travel for more than seven years via sailboat and catamaran. The author vividly recounts the challenges and discomforts she encounters, as well as the joys of rejecting a more materialistic way of living in favor of new experiences. 

Prose: The prose is even and clear. Readers will gain a sense of each locale the couple visits, though the work tends to be somewhat more focused on the dynamics of their living circumstances and relationship.‚Äč

Originality: Books that focus on the experience of rejecting societal norms are familiar. Plunge brings a unique element to this narrative through its honest exploration of a relationship enduring the stress of close quarters and the inherent uncertainty of life at sea.

Character/Execution: Liesbet emerges as a clear and vibrant character with a deep desire to keep moving, to explore. Mark is somewhat harder to pin down; he comes across as the more practical of the two. Ultimately, their differences and conflicts bring intrigue and substance to the storytelling. 

Date Submitted: October 17, 2022

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