The Seafaring Women of the Vera B

The Seafaring Women of the Vera B



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997230802
Publisher: Tea Tin Press
Publication date: 01/31/2016
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

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 seventy 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: and follow her on Twitter at: @SusanPageDavis.

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The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ConR 6 months ago
I would give this book 10 stars if I could!!! Adventure, excitement, courage, encouragement all live inside these pages. And the most special part for me is the idea of moving beyond the borders of what is deemed "acceptable" when it is necessary, and enlarging your personal comfort zones. Not in regards to things illegal or illicit or anything like that, but doing what needs to be done at the moment to survive. Kudos to Susan and James on a winner of a story!!!
susanmsj 10 months ago
This book has everything you would expect from a seafaring adventure. Pirates, stowaways, and a crew of women. I love the premise of the book that has the women signing on as sailors to escape and make a better life for themselves. I could not put this book down.
blueyz1962 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Susan Page Davis where she co-wrote with her son James Davis. It was a little difficult to get into with all the nautical terminology. I did find it interesting and continued reading it. I must say it is well written and the characters develop along the way. Alice Packard looses her husband to illness and his crew to the goldfields in Melbourne, Australia. She is left with one old crewman, Gypsy, and is forced to search out a new crew. She turns to the women of the night who wish to escape their miserable existence and leave Australia altogether. While he holds some reservations, Gypsy, agrees to train these women to be sailors. Their journey to England and America is fraught with multiple perils, but these women have learned to work together and persevere. They come up against angry bordello and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates and a mysterious stowaway. What will become of the seafaring women of the Vera B? Who is this mysterious stowaway and is he/she going to be trouble? Will the ladies parish at the hands of pirates or learn to work together and overcome adversity? Read for yourself and see. Enjoy! I received a copy of this book from the author without expectation of a positive review. I voluntarily review this book and the opinions are purely my own.
DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
I've been on the look-out for a good pirate/seafaring book. And this one is beyond exceptional. It may seem as though it opens slowly, but each page pushes the story along, slowly building upon the next, until the final culmination. Faced with a daunting dilemma, Alice is forced to make an unpopular and unheard of decision. Throughout the book, the ship full of women sailors encounter dangers and trials as they sail the oceans in an attempt to fulfill her late husband's promise. Not every woman is prim. Not every woman is proper. Neither are they strong nor weak. Each have to overcome their own demons, short comings, and fear to truly be Hearts of Oak. The way Susan Davis and James Davis were able to bring forth the characters' personalities without succumbing to stereotypes make this book truly remarkable. The vivid detail of the winds, the snapping sails, the terror and fear, the storms, and the beauty of the lonesome ocean create a new world within the reader's mind. Even to the point that the reader may dream about it. Emotions are fully painted to allow the reader to be that character at that particular time, even when a character is debating with her own misgivings and pride. What seafaring book wouldn't be complete with pirates? The Malay pirates were a menace during that time, and Alice's crew meets them. The battle and rescue were well written and believable. The battle, heartache, and victory showed not only Alice's reliance upon God, but also the new faith blossoming in the hearts of the others. This is one book that will rivet you. Keep you turning the pages. And leave you wanting to read more about their journey knowing that it just begun.
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
Susan Davis and her son, James Davis, work together to bring a story unlike any I have read before. The Seafaring Women of the Vera B is truly a unique piece of work which carries you off to sea. The amount of research that must have been conducted to create this novel is astounding and fascinating and the plot is intriguing and believable. This book is not your typical romance from Susan Davis. While there is a possible hint at future love interests, the focus falls solidly in the adventure category. In some sense, it reminds me of the classic adventure stories from my youth like Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, and Swiss Family Robison. I am just not sure there are any contemporary books I can compare it to. The richness of detail, the characters, and adventure, they all work together to create a magnificent story that reflects back to an era of storytelling which is severely lacking in today’s world of novels. The first ten chapters really lay the groundwork for the story. It is a little slower paced than many books in the beginning, but it is out of necessity. The number of characters introduced and the necessary foundation of ship terminology would be too overwhelming otherwise. I encourage you to push through even if that is not your cup of tea. It is well worth it. I struggle with books that follow the viewpoint of more than two characters, but while this story followed the viewpoints of a handful of characters, it is done naturally and not so abruptly as to make you toss aside the book. Believe me when I say I am exceptionally picky about this. I was very impressed with the authors’ mastery of that particular skill for this novel. Once past the first ten chapters the pace of the story picks up and continues to grow in intensity and speed. How can it not with a mischievous little boy, a stow-away man on a ship full of women, pirates, and all the true struggles that come from that many women together learning to do a dangerous and difficult job? There is fighting and there is death, but the details of it are not gruesome, unrealistic, or overwhelming. Seafaring Women of the Vera B is a swashbuckling adventure I would highly recommend to men and women alike who love adventure and attention to detail. It is truly a rare breed of book, especially in Christian fiction. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which you have read above.*
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly enjoyable book. I really wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it when I agreed to review it. But I found it entertaining in so many ways. I hope for the opportunity to read more of this series. I loved Alice! She was such a strong woman of character. She faced hardships with faith in God and a willingness to learn from others. She also had a lot of spunk! Gypsy was great as well! And the interactions with him and the new sailors brought some lightheartedness to the story. It was also nice to see his character in the story and the impact he made on the women. I found the story itself very interesting. I don’t know a lot about Australia especially this time setting but it was sad that so many women were trapped into prostitution. The action of the story was entertaining and made me realize when you are desperate enough to get out of a situation you’ll do just about anything. I thought the author did a great job of weaving Alice’s faith and the girls’ reaction to it. The most touching part was one of the conversations between Alice and Brea. The part brought tears to my eyes. This story offers adventure, suspense, laughs, and tears. I found this to be a well rounded story. I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction that may be a little outside the norm. Not sure there are too many books with women sailors! Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
BH More than 1 year ago
The Seafaring Women of the Vera B was written by Susan Page Davis and James S. Davis. This is the first book I’ve read by them, but doubt it will be my last. I’m actually giving this book a 3 ½ star because it’s more than just an “okay” book, but it just doesn’t get to the 4 star realm for me. I love the idea of the book…The captain of the Vera B suddenly dies and they are abandoned by all of the crew members and so the captain’s wife, who is quite capable of taking over the ship, decides her only option is to take on a crew of women from different backgrounds of life and turn them into a crew. I was very excited to read the book because it sounded so intriguing, yet once the book got going…it took all I had to sift through the nautical terminology (which I might add, was explained within the book, but there was just a lot of it) and day by day by day issues that I felt could have been tightened up a bit. BUT the storyline overall was great. There were quite a few characters within the book and that took some getting to know them before I was completely sure who I was reading about. By about 70%, you really can get into the adventure and the suspense of the voyage and understanding the characters. I truly would love to give it a 4 star, but hold off on it just because there tends to be just a bit too much wordiness….great story though!!! If you like a lot of nautical terms and a lot of day to day events on a ship…you will totally enjoy this book! This book will not stop me from reading another book by this author because I see great potential! I was gifted this book in exchange for my honest review.
FictionFanatic1 More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. It’s the fascinating story of a woman unwilling to give up—a woman willing to do the unthinkable to see that her mission is accomplished. It’s the tale of women at their lowest who rise to the challenge when given a chance for freedom and a chance to excel, and it’s the tale of women doing the impossible and changing the lives of all aboard the Vera B. With excellent characterization, swashbuckling adventure, and even a touch of romance, The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. is sure to snag your interest and keep you engrossed in its unique storyline into the wee hours of the night. I’m looking forward to the next book in this fascinating series.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Susan and James Davis have certainly come up with an unusual story in The Seafaring Women of the Vera B! The captain's widow found she was a stronger person that she had ever imagined. The characters were well-written. Some aspects of the book were a little hard to believe but overall the story was certainly interesting and I would recommend it to others! I received an e-book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
AtomicGurrl More than 1 year ago
Har, har, har, scurvy knaves! If you’re ready for a rollicking sea adventure, then The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. is your ticket to a spectacular one. 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 puts 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.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
This was an engaging read! The story line of women learning to sail a boat is a unique one that I was excited to read. The first half of the book was all about their circumstances, how they came to be on the boat and then all about them learning the ropes and ways of sailing a ship. Many women (characters) made it a tad confusing – but I know that was so we could get to know each one. You learn little backgrounds of each woman and why they are in that circumstance. There are many characters who add to the whole story. Towards the end is where the action picks up and takes you for a wild adventure ride at sea with pirates! Definitely not for the light of heart – it is detailed and very action packed. I liked the suspense and danger built into it and how real it all felt. Just a note – it is not romance filled, I would classify this more as an adventure, suspense type book. The author leaves it for more stories/books to come from these women you have come to know and love along the way. I received this book for an honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Get ready to set sail on a seafaring adventure! Filled with drama and danger, this action-packed story entertained me from beginning to end! I easily envisioned the Vera B. and her ragtag crew, and I loved Captain Alice and her dogged determination to complete the tumultuous voyage as promised. 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.