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Against the Wind by Joy Cee is a most enjoyable memoir that will have female readers reliving their own memories of young romance. And if those female readers were themselves beachgoers, whose eyes were drawn to the suntanned masculine bodies of surfer boys or lifeguards, they will be attracted to Shane, just as Joyce was when she first spotted him watching her on a Florida beach. But Joyce didn’t just let herself be swept away by Shane’s good looks and charm when he made his first moves to meet her. That’s because, at only 20, she was an emotionally broken girl, thanks to a marriage gone very bad at the hands of a possessive, controlling and abusive husband. Taking her 11-month-old baby with her, Joyce has escaped from him to live in a trailer in Florida. She is plagued by nightmares and desperate to recover from the hell of her brief marriage. She has also sworn off men.
But Shane is persistent and, bit by bit, he breaks down her resistance. As he shares his dreams of sailing, introducing and ultimately teaching her to enjoy its freedom with him, he also breaks down her fear of being touched by a man. With Shane’s patience and understanding, Joyce, as everyone knows her in Against the Wind, grows into a more self-assured woman who can once again enjoy intimacy. She also becomes increasingly confident that she can finally stand up to her ex without fear and does so as she files for divorce. Do Shane and Joyce end up sailing off into the sunset and Against the Wind? You will enjoy following her story of recovery and growth and finding out just what did happen between them, and you will be pleased by the ending. Against the Wind is a story of growth, self-fulfillment and hope, a message many women in similar situations will want to read.