About this Book
With the ship’s captain dead in Melbourne, Australia, Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened, until she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. Only one old man, Gypsy Deak, sticks by her, but Gypsy alone can’t raise a crew from the depleted population. In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she and Gypsy empty a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life. Her all-woman (save one) crew put their backs and hearts into the voyage, but Alice finds training her sailors much harder than she expected. Her faith is tested to the limit. With a cargo to sell, angry bordello and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates to evade, and a mysterious stowaway, the seafaring women of the Vera B. find their escape in question.
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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!
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