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The Seafaring Women of the Vera B (Hearts of Oak) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 31, 2016
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About the Author
James Samuel Davis grew up as the oldest of six children in the rugged forestland of central Maine. His parents are a novelist and a retired newspaper editor. Homeschooled from first grade through high school graduation, he has always been an avid student of history and geography. Writing and researching have been a lifelong passion. Add a vivid imagination and an aversion to thinking inside the box (what box?), and you have the beginnings of a new paradigm for fiction writing. James completed an agricultural degree at Bob Jones University, then undertook an agricultural exchange through the University of Minnesota. This included a 4-month internship on a dairy farm in Australia, where he broke his leg in a dirt bike accident while trying to intercept an escaped herd of cattle. His writing credits include articles for Green Magazine and special sections of a daily newspaper. In addition to Australia, he has traveled to China and Alaska, and he made a mission trip to Micronesia in 2012. He resides in rural Travelers Rest, S.C., with his wife and seven children. Susan Page Davis, James’s mom, is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. Her books have been featured in the Literary Guild, Crossings Book Club, and Faithpoint Book Club, and have been named Top Picks in Romantic Times Book Reviews. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband, another Jim. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com and follow her on Twitter at: @SusanPageDavis.
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To preserve her husband’s good name, and to do what is best for the Collins Shipping Company of Salem, she determines to procure a crew and continue onward. A search of local taverns reveals that nearly every able-bodied man in town has made a run for the newly discovered gold fields, and she is not the only merchant seaman looking to hire.
After days of searching for her lost crew, and many prayers, she takes what the Lord offers her to run her ship - women. To her passenger list of three women and a young lad, she adds a lady and her maid, a lonely young homeless girl, and a bevy of soiled doves. All must learn the hard work of “manning” the ship if they are to get out of port. Amid hardship, storms, a pirate attack, and being chased by the brothel owner who lost his workers, they pull together in order to sail toward a better life for each of them.
This book has lots of fast paced action, suspense, and high seas adventure with a touch of romance. Wonderful to read a story about mere women who tackle a seemingly insurmountable problem and persevere. The weak grow stronger and the strong learn to lead as they face the dangers of cutthroat men and a wild sea.
I received this book for an honest review.
In Melbourne, Australia, Alice Packard, suddenly widowed wife of the Vera B.’s captain, wants to sail her husband’s ship back home to England if she can find a crew. But gold has been discovered in Australia and every last man Jack on sea and shore has abandoned ship and made haste for the gold fields.
With no men to be had, Alice assembles a motley crew of women, including the madam and some ladies of the night from the local brothel, much to the brothel owner’s chagrin.
With Gypsy, her trusted elderly crew member, and the only man who didn’t desert her, Alice must train the women to sail the ship in a matter of days. With brothel owner Con Snyder on her heels, Alice sets off. Storms, pirates, accidents and adventure on the high seas await them. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to the next one.
The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. is an enjoyable tale that leaves me eager to find out what will happen next. I look forward to continuing this journey in the Hearts of Oak series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.