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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
We all have dreams but we do not all fulfill them. In "More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B" by Christine Smith, the readers take a journey with Christine and Jeffrey Smith as they capture their dream. From the moment the young couple stepped foot on board the David B they began to dream. It was as if the old ship had been waiting for them; she was worn and in rough condition. The David B was first launched in 1929. The antique engine was unusual with its reverse gear. The Smiths found her behind a breakwater on Lopez Island. It took over eight years of restoration to rebuild the old wooden ship. Christine, Jeffrey and their partner Aaron planned to use the ship as a small expedition cruise ship out of Juneau, Alaska. Things were not always smooth sailing. I am not giving anything away but only saying that the hard work paid off and the Smiths' success offers encouragement and hope to all readers to live their dreams.
"More Faster Backwards" is an entertaining read. I found myself cheering the David B on. I wanted the Smiths to succeed. This book proves that with hard work, persistence, and determination you can achieve your dream. 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. The author shares photos in the back of the book. It is hard to believe that the David B looked that bad when they purchased her. The photos document the change as the work on the ship progressed. I have never been to Alaska but hope to make a trip there in 2014. I just may look up the Smiths and see the David B for myself.