I was amazed to receive a really wonderful review from a reader the other day, as I mentioned here earlier in the week.

Image of part of  a Sailing to Purgatory webpage to illustrate the article.
Ocean life ... At sea, the lone yachtsman is usually accompanied by spectacular wildlife. Photo by Lalo on Unsplash
It's more than wonderful to be noticed because it's almost as lonely writing as it is sailing solo.

Of course, ocean navigation offers continually changing and often dramatic scenes, and visits by some of the most extraordinary collections of ocean birds.

However, to experience these beautiful and graceful flyers you have to say farewell to society and venture off over the horizon.


Of course, busy-ness at the keyboard doesn't actually do much for changing scenes, for seeing much of life, except those pictures and portrayals that the mind often treats us to.

What a further and wonderful surprise then to be pointed towards some really encouraging words on the US website of Amazon.

This review of Sailing to Purgatory came from reader Gerry Roos who lives in the Northeast of the US. Under the title, A Very Pleasant Surprise, she writes ...

Boats..... I do not like them. The concept of sailing bores me to slumber.
HOWEVER, author Paul Rodgers in this book writes so well I am delighted and transported by his awesome sea saga.
Clever writing, clever analogies with light hearted humility is enchanting. The sea is deitized. The gifts of mind expansion and attitude change are mine.
A herald to mariners both genuine and armchair!! This book is worth your time.

Thanks very much, Gerry Roos, and to you for visiting the mostly Tuesday and Thursday blogs for my adventure book, Sailing to Purgatory, which are introduced each time on Facebook Facebook dot com/Sailingtopurgatory and on Blogger,

Earlier story of surprise praise

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