beautiful reflection on loves lost. Tender, moving, and highly readable.”
Author of Love with a Chance of Drowning
“This book is one part “Hero’s Journey” and two parts love story; an alchemy of high adventure and keen insights that will take your breath away and expand your capacity to love. Empowering, entertaining, and most of all inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know you will too.”
—Brian Luke Seaward
Author of Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water
HOLDING FAST: A Memoir of Sailing, Love, and Loss is Susan’s story of leaving everything behind to follow her husband’s lifelong dream of sailing away.
Blond, blue-eyed, irreverent John bursts into Susan’s life in her twenties with a dream of sailing off. Susan dreams of settling down and doesn’t want to go. A three-year voyage with their young daughter to the Caribbean profoundly changes their lives. A gripping adventure story and an inspirational memoir of finding our power in the unlikeliest of places.
About the author
Susan Cole has lived on or around sailboats for more than thirty years. In between sails, she earned a B.A. at Barnard College, an M.A. in Psychology at Columbia University, and for many years, ran a successful market research firm in New York.
Susan was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her life on the water began when John talked her into buying a romantic, leaky 1903 48-foot Fire Island ferryboat to live on. It sank. Now, years later, John has passed away but Susan’s spirit of adventure lives on. She lives in New Orleans.