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More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B Paperback – November 30, 2011
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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite
An entertaining read. I found myself cheering the David B on. I wanted the Smiths to succeed... I was quickly drawn into this tale; I eagerly turned the pages not wanting to wait to see what new adventure the Smiths would face. Smith is a talented author. She paints a beautiful picture with words.
About the Author
Christine Smith was introduced to professional boating when she met her husband, Jeffrey, in 1996. She began working on tour and whale watch boats in 2001 because it combined her love for nature and her interest in helping others to enjoy the natural world. Christine is an avid birder, and a founding member of the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Alongside her role as vice president, chef, naturalist, mate, and part-time engineer for Northwest Navigation Co., Inc, she has also owns a small gardening company. When not watching birds, working on the David B, baking, or gardening, Christine enjoys long trail runs in the hills around Bellingham, Washington, where she lives with Jeffrey and their two cats Harriet and Oswald. Christine won 1st Place in the 2013 Chanticleer Book Reviews Journey Awards for True Adventure for More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B
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They race against time, money, and natural elements to save the David B--the vessel that they bet all of their resources on in hopes of making their dream of owning and operating a small expedition cruise boat in the Pacific Northwest come true.
The adventure begins when Christine and Jeffrey Smith, searching for an old boat to transform into a small passenger vessel, examine a sixty-five foot 1929 work-boat, precariously moored on Lopez Island--the neglected wooden vessel that hovers near death is the David B. However, Jeffrey sees the elegant beauty of a three cylinder antique engine and the strength of the hull made from Northwest timber. Christine saw the look in Jeffrey's eyes and knew that this was the boat.
In the opening pages, we learn they've accomplished part of their dream and we're ready to climb aboard. The author seamlessly carries us from her present experiences and joy during the sea voyage, back into her memories, where she re-lives the enormous hurdles of the rebuild process. The flashbacks work well because we want to know. Need to know.
With hearts captivated by the David B, the couple gambles everything. Looming bankruptcy lurks alongside the other huge challenges. Anxiety heightens because their cherished family and friends (without whom they couldn't have succeeded) share the risk. Readers will think, "This can't be done" and then ask themselves, "How did they do it?" Intrigued from beginning to end, we peek into the lives of the author, her husband, the crew, family, and friends. We yearn for their success and their safety.
"More Faster Backwards, Rebuilding David B" seamlessly mixes nautical terms with natural elements and boat builder's craft. Those who enjoy cooking and baking will also discover it a delightful read. Seafaring people will sail through the narrative like soul mates, but landlubbers might appreciate a glossary of boating terms. The map provides great references and the photo albums heighten the pleasure.
A sample of Smith's fluid writing style: "Jeffrey worked the boat with the skill of a lover. Every movement she made, he watched carefully, to see how she responded to his commands, the light breeze, and the incoming tide."
When the literary boat trip ends, readers might sense an inner torch quicken along with the call to embrace their dreams anew. As for Christine and Jeffrey, the restoration of the David B is just the beginning.
"More Faster Backwards, Rebuilding David B" by Christine Smith won 1st Place in the Adventure/Travel category of the Journey Awards for Narrative Non-fiction, a division of Chanticleer Book Reviews Blue Ribbon Writing Competitions.
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