change of course

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In her mid 30s and trying to make sense of her floundering relationship, Regina is restless. She throws caution aside, books a one-way ticket to the Caribbean and joins the crew of a small, vintage racing yacht to satisfy her growing appetite for adventure.

Once aboard the old yacht in Antigua, Regina and her fellow crew members work tirelessly under the watchful eye of its cantankerous owner, as they prepare for the passage back to Australia.

During a sultry sunset party on a clifftop, Regina encounters an alluring man. When her sailing trip is abruptly cancelled, Regina sets course for Europe aboard another boat, leaving the budding romance in her wake.

Released from former ties and without a home, Regina returns to the Caribbean. She moves into a rustic shack and as the only white resident in the tiny community, she must forge a new path.

A new life beckons, but are her dreams worth abandoning the comfort and security she has back home?

This is a true story of Regina’s wanderings in the Caribbean, her passion for sailing and the unexpected, of love lost and found, and her search for freedom.

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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers’ Favorite:

Armed with bravery and a desire for adventure, Regina Petra Meyer examined the prospect of traveling to faraway places to deal with a distressing restlessness that had been seething inside her for a long time. She accomplished exactly that and found a new love in the Caribbean, which prompted her to rethink and question her heart's desires. Regina soon found herself alone - physically and psychologically - in a foreign nation, where she had to start over while dealing with dishonest employers and complicated immigration procedures. Fortunately, each obstacle she overcame allowed her to mature as a person and taught her something new. In Change of Course: Sailing into Love and Adversity on Caribbean Shores, Meyer recalls her travels at sea, living in the Caribbean, working on her love life, and finding her place in the world during a pivotal point in her life.

This book is a treasure trove of good features. Although the spectacular descriptions of the stunning sea and the sumptuous, multi-million dollar super yachts are certainly captivating and exciting, the deeply meditative comments lend yet another level to the story's intricate layers. Regina Petra Meyer engages the reader by exposing her deepest thoughts and sentiments about personal matters such as feeling a genuine sense of belonging and being entirely accepted as a white woman in Antigua, which has a mostly black population. Change of Course was both entertaining and educational for me, mostly because it displays ideas that I feel we all ought to embrace as people, such as seeing new cultures and living in a different environment, refusing to accept bullies, appreciating the beauty of nature, and much more. It's the kind of book you'd be happy to have in your collection. Excellent work, Regina!

What readers say about
Change of Course:

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Change of Course is an uplifting and courageous account of Regina’s journey to find purpose in her life. Her honesty and integrity shine through as she literally sets sail for new horizons and takes us along for both an inspiring and emotional ride.

Helene Young

Award-winning Author, 
Australia

Change of Course takes the reader on a voyage of life, love and adventures on the high seas and on the small island of Antigua. Reading the book I felt like I was by Regina’s side throughout her experiences. I appreciated her courage, her sense of fairness and open approach with people from different cultures and ethnicities. Bon voyage!!

Sarah A.

Equine Therapist, Australia

I absolutely loved this book. I found Regina’s courageousness in following her dreams and passions exhilirating and inspiring. I was totally engrossed from start to finish.

Melissa T.

Health worker, Australia

A delightful and compelling real life adventure. I couldn't put it down. As one who has always chased adventure and love, I found Regina's sailing trips, magical descriptions of the islands and oceans, juggling visas and temperamental bosses, and finding love in the Caribbean compelling reading. Through it all shines Regina's raw honesty, vulnerability and courageous heart.

Grant T.

Insight Teacher and Mediator, USA

Such a fun, delightful and beautifully written book filled with sailing treasures, international adventures and love. A great read for fellow sea gypsies, free spirits, romantics and the adventurous at heart.

Jo Y.

Speech Pathologist & sailor, Australia

A very engaging book. What a captivating narrative of real experiences. I hope to watch this on the big screen one day! Well done.

Betty W.

Supply Chain Planner, Switzerland

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