Choosing a mate is like picking house paint from one of those tiny color squares: You never know how it will look across a large expanse, or how it will change in different light.
Meet Janna and Graeme. After a decade-long tango (together, apart, together, apart), they're back in love -- but the stress of nine-to-five is seriously hampering their happiness. So they quit their jobs, tie the knot, and untie the lines on a beat-up old sailboat for a most unusual honeymoon: a two-year voyage across the Pacific. But passage from first date to first mate is anything but smooth sailing. From the rugged Pacific Northwest coast to the blue lagoons of Polynesia to bustling Asian ports, Janna and Graeme find themselves at the mercy of poachers, under the spell of crossdressers, and under the gun of a less-than-sober tattooist. And they encounter do-or-die moments that threaten their safety, their sanity, and their marriage.
Join Janna and Graeme's 17,000-mile journey and their quest to resolve the uncertainties so many couples face: How do you know if you've really found the One? How do you balance duty to others while preserving space for yourself? And, when the waters get rough, do you jump ship, or do you learn to navigate the world...together?read more
Reviews for The Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey
I liked the authors writing a lot. She is easy to read. I loved the descriptions of and lessons learned from relationships with not just her husband, but her friends and parents. I liked most of the book, but there are 2 chapters that really bothered me. Protected birds being killed and cock fighting. I am relieved she didn't get to Alaska, I may have had to hear her describe baby seal bashing.read more
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This wasn't at all what I was expecting when I picked it up, and it's difficult to review it for what it actually was, rather than what I wanted it to be. Had I read the notes on the back of the book, I'd most likely have stayed away.
I wanted a travelogue, an adventure tale, a story of what it's like to cross the ocean in a sailboat. What I got was a lot of navel-gazing, a lot of detail about the author's marginally unhappy marriage, backstory about the relationship, and more than I ever needed to know about the trauma that is deciding to keep one's name, change one's name, or hyphenate. I wasn't knocked out by the writing- it wasn't bad writing, but it struck me as bloggy, chatty, casual plus there were some hugely annoying quirks- like instead of saying 'biked' the author always said 'pedal pedal pedaled'. There were whole chapters devoted to musings about the marriage, chapters where I could have been reading about the places they were mooring, but no.
There were some parts I enjoyed, when they were working together on the boat, or when a storm was coming up, or when the action moved out of the author's head. There was just too much soul-searching and not enough sailing for me.