A Year in the Sun  

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A BOOK FOR LOVERS OF THE SEA, ARMCHAIR SAILORS, AND INCURABLE DREAMERS. At age 53, and with no prior sailing experience, Ronnie Stone moves from her armchair beside a dying fire to the deck of a small Voyager 26 to sail, for a year, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Bahama Islands. The book is the true, first-person narrative of that journey. Following the shattering loss of an adult son to AIDS in 1985, Ronnie accepts three spontaneous invitations that change her life. In so doing, she encounters the healing capacity of sea and sky, solitude and companionship, time and timelessness. The book tells of life afloat,its unexpected dangers and unforeseen rewards. It introduces traveling companions who look out for each other, friends kept through the years, and some kept only in memory. Finally,it introduces the engaging stranger who invites Ronnie into his life, offers her the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream, and ultimately asks her to be his wife. "A simple story that takes you to the core of life and relationships . . . a journey of truth and love with no expectations . . . an exciting journey that will last a lifetime." (Artist Stephen Shoemaker)

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