To Run Before the Sea


A young woman in trouble, an old sailing boat, a voyage into the unknown. A triumphant tale of incredible courage and resilience during her darkest year.

Meet Rosie Winterbourne: a twenty-seven-year-old naval rating, obstinate, often impulsive, but intelligent and gifted with an unusually persistent memory. And recently bereaved.

Returning to her ship from compassionate leave, Rosie believes she is ready to resume her duties. But trouble lies ahead, and she soon finds herself battling to save her career. As events spin out of her control, Rosie finds solace in the renovation of her father's old yacht and begins to dream of just sailing away from it all. But the dream soon becomes a driven obsession, leading to a perilous ocean voyage and astonishing discoveries about herself and her past.

Fans of genre-crossing novels will enjoy this energetic mix: Rosie's arc from personal failure to triumph, from a series of dreadful misfortunes to extreme adventures, survival against the odds, and mental healing.

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About the Author

Author Name : Michael Rothery

     Michael Rothery is a sailing novelist. In past lives he served in the Royal Navy and then as Director of a software company before taking to the sea once more. He began writing fiction in 2012 and published his first novel two years later. He is currently working on the third book in the Rosie Winterbourne Series.


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  A gentle breeze blows in the warm summer air, 
     pebbles and sand beneath my feet.
          An ocean mist sprays my face
            as I uncover my nakedness.
         A gentle breeze against my skin.
           If only Love could find me
         the way the sea wants to take me in.
           Salty water rushes to shore, 
         knocking my skinny body down
                to the soft sand below.

    Cool water rushes round my tender skin.
  One naked soul hidden only by the foam 
        of the waves under a dim moonlit night.

   A cool rush frees my soul as I run back to shore,
     refreshed by nature in the warm summer air.
          Standing naked among pebbles and sand.
                 If only Love could find me 
                 standing here at the shore.

            S.M. Jordan 2004


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