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Publisher's Summary

After suffering an emotionally-brutal bereavement and against her counselor's advice, Jackie ran away. Suddenly within a new culture, with a new husband and no friends, she was living in the obscure world of cruising with zero knowledge of boats.
Crashing within the first 24 hours, Jackie realized life would never be the same again: a floating home with no fridge or hot water, and with a dinghy instead of a car. Suffering self-doubts, she became fearful of her new world.
The first off-shore voyage took Jackie into a ferocious storm, which battered her physically and mentally. Amid the raging seas, Jackie shed the fear she'd been harboring.
Soon she was blissfully voyaging around the world, but she still carried the mixed emotions of losing one man, while falling head over heels in love with another.
Not only did Jackie deal successfully with the challenges of her new existence, she also battled with the testosterone-fueled nautical world to become both a professional captain and a qualified maritime teacher.
Most importantly, Jackie found herself.
©2015 New Street Communications, LLC (P)2015 New Street Communications, LLC
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"[T]his book should appeal to anyone who enjoys a heart-warming adventure." ( Cruising Helmsman Magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rolande on 12-25-15

great personal memoir and life adventure.

first if all I must say this is my first audio book experience. I love to read and was not sure I would like this model. I am very pleasantly surprised to find that I love being read to!
Jackie really can write a fascinating story which happens to be her own. She peels back the layers and tells her readers about her most vulnerable times. She is amazing how she leaped from the 9 to 5 corporate world and embraced and learned her new life style. Her descriptions of visiting foreign countries by Sea, encountering wildlife, making new friends, and growing to trust herself make this book a great read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria R on 09-10-15

Great Story, Beautifully Told

I am almost finished with this book and am sad that this journey is ending! Of Foreign Build has successfully taken my mind off of the frustration and boredom of Los Angeles traffic on my daily commute. I've been content to sit and listen while Jackie takes me on this great adventure. Jackie's writing style is very personal, honest and I have a sense of being on board with her and her husband Noel. It's packed with wonderful, heartfelt and often funny tales of their trips around the world. I highly recommend this book, especially if you enjoy traveling. You will be inspired.

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4 out of 5 stars
By william r on 04-29-17

Good story

Great story, some great adventures over the globe. Overall an enjoyable tale if you get past the very strange narration, which can be very irritating.

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3 out of 5 stars
By SUE on 04-27-17

Well written book

The narrator ruined this book for us. The reading style, voices and knowledge of pronunciation of both nautical terms and even the English language was appalling. Just wish Jackie had read the book herself. Maybe it could be re-recorded and we could listen again, without constant irritation.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-15-17

Great story, horribly narrated.

Really enjoyed the story, however, the narration by Michelle Micheal's was nothing short of woeful and down right annoying at best and infuriating at worst.

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