This is a book for dreamers,because it proves dreams can come true. When Ursula and Bob dream of owning a boat and cruising the warm, sunny waters of the Aegean Sea, they almost founder at the first hurdle.The old wooden boat they have bought in Greece is virtually uninhabitable when they arrive in the depth of winter, but with a 'can-do' outlook, guts and determination, they set about doing it up, eventually realising their dream to live permanently aboard and sail around the islands.
Novice sailor Ursula, with a keen interest in all things Greek, absorbs the language and culture, the history and mythology, adding a new dimension to the tale.
An accomplished wordsmith, Haselden creates images of the harbours and anchorages they visit, and their exploration of the hinterland, as well as details of the Greek and Turkish ways of life with more intimacy than the average tourist could ever hope to encounter, as, with increasingly confident Greek, she endears herself to the locals, fellow boaters and the reader, too.
It is not all plain sailing,sunshine and calm seas.The pair encounter everything the weather can throw at them - storm force winds, mountainous seas, rain, hail and snow! This is about real life sailing, not an idealised view.
I recommend this book to those who love boats and the sea, travel, Greece and Turkey, cats, and anyone with a sense of adventure, but most of all to those who dare to dream.