Four Mums in a Boat: Friends who rowed 3000 miles, broke a world record and learnt a lot about life along the way Hardcover – 9 Mar 2017
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A group of four working mums from Yorkshire made history and achieved their dreams, by crossing the Atlantic in 67 days and picking up a world record: the oldest women to row any ocean, all to raise money for charity and inspire others.
Janette Benaddi is a 52-year-old business woman from Leeds. She is married with two children and lives in North Yorkshire.
Helen Butters is an NHS Communications expert from Cawood, in North Yorkshire. She is 46 years old, married with two children and lives in North Yorkshire.
Frances Davies is a solicitor in Leeds and runs her own law firm. She is 48 years old, married with two sons and lives in York.
Niki Doeg is a business owner and qualified rugby coach. She is 46 years old and lives in York with her husband and their two sons.
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I found the story completely fascinating with a mixture of wonderment and bewilderment. These women are only a few years younger than me!! Aside from the story, I also found the writing style very engaging and it made the book enjoyable to read. The story is told in a sort of first person narrative but as WE rather than I - even when writing a book these women are a team. They talk so openly and personally that very few people would not be able to become emotionally invested in this journey.
I rarely read quotes at the start of chapters in books but quickly realised that these were worth reading as they were very relevant to every part of the challenge - each chapter also ends with a quote from the ships log (i.e. Janette).
Emotions run very high and I quickly felt that I knew the four women, living their highs and lows with them (although not the blisters and bruises). When they reached Antigua I cried and then felt the same low that they did - very strange!!
Reading this book won't make me row the Atlantic but it will encourage me to say YES to a few more suggestions.
I cannot recommend this book too highly.
Fantastic narration. Very inspiring. Hard to put down . I don't enjoy many books but I loved this one! I am in awe of those very strong women.
Now I can empathize with the Relentless Rowers this November!!