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Varuna - A Thames Barge that was Home by Caroline Havord begins when she, leading a life of humdrum tranquility with her daughter, terrier and kittens, falls in love. The gentleman in question, Bryn William, being a man of taste, introduces her to life on barges, which eventually become a staple element of their life. They shift their residence to a barge, Varuna, which is adventure at every turn of the wind. That brings playfulness into their life as well, and they attract the company of daring young men. In the end they get into a collision with another vessel, bringing moments of agony too...
Every page of Varuna - A Thames Barge that was Home is better than the previous page. Whether she is talking about her daughter attracting a stream of suitors or pointing out the technological marvel of the ‘use and throw’ bucket, this narrative is full of interesting episodes. Inviting the manager on board for a good treat while applying for a bank loan was quite a smart move, I concede. There is a host of such events that are capable of holding our undivided attention to make this book a thrilling memoir. The friendly tone of its narration and a story with no loose ends make this book an easy read too.