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A Tropical Frontier, Tales of Old Florida (edition 2011)

by Tim Robinson (Author)

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The Homesteaders is the sequel to Tim Robinson's first novel, Tales of Old Florida, and answers a myriad of questions that persist. Many of our most loved, and hated, characters return to find out what happens to Charlie MacLeod and Salty, his little green bird and constant companion. Is there some power on earth that can bring a broken man once again into the folds of humanity? Will the new preacher's wife, the feisty Maude Wickman, split the community along racial lines? Can anyone save the day? And if so, who?The Homesteaders is a whimsical tale of a fledgling town and a long list of quirky characters who are forging a future in a wild, watery frontier, a place with no roads in or out, a place where one must learn to count on his neighbor, whatever their differences.… (more)
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Title:A Tropical Frontier, Tales of Old Florida
Authors:Tim Robinson (Author)
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Tim Robinson has managed to capture the roots of pioneer families in southeastern Florida is a manner that is both entertaining and brimming with historical perspective. He presents stories of the MacLeods, the Dawsons, the Hackensaws, and their relatives and neighbors from about the year 1820 until the end of the civil war, a span of nearly fifty years in an area along Florida’s east coast stretching from St. Augustine to Cape Florida and the upper keys. A work of historic fiction, Tales of Old Florida reads like a blow by blow narrative of the lives of real people living in a tough, remote and isolated environment.
Beginning with beach-combing along Biscayne Bay’s barrier islands for the remains of ship-wrecks and progressing through the establishment of the Hackensaw homestead near Jupiter and Bobbie Hackensaw’s coastal freight business, and through the Union blockades of the Civil War, Robinson gives us larger than life characters in Will Dawson, Nathan MacLeod, Charlie MacLeod and Bobby Hacksensaw; and heroic women in Mary Ann MacLeod, Elizabeth Dawson, Abigail Hackensaw and Sally MacLeod. In this book, Mr. Robinson lays the groundwork for The Cowhunters, the story of Billy and Bo Hackensaw, and The Gladesman, the later story of Betsy Dawson and Samuel Jesup and the origin of Maggie Hooker, Nels Prescot’s target to be in The Gladesman.
Mr. Robinson does of great job of developing complex characters that each have their own personal devils to fight down. He does an equally great job of placing them in their historic context and facing them with the real challenges of their era.
A Tropical Paradise: Tales of Old Florida is bound to please any fan of Florida history, or any fan of historic fiction generally. The story is plausible and well researched and, for me, it was joy to read. 5-stars. Clabe Polk ( )
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The Homesteaders is the sequel to Tim Robinson's first novel, Tales of Old Florida, and answers a myriad of questions that persist. Many of our most loved, and hated, characters return to find out what happens to Charlie MacLeod and Salty, his little green bird and constant companion. Is there some power on earth that can bring a broken man once again into the folds of humanity? Will the new preacher's wife, the feisty Maude Wickman, split the community along racial lines? Can anyone save the day? And if so, who?The Homesteaders is a whimsical tale of a fledgling town and a long list of quirky characters who are forging a future in a wild, watery frontier, a place with no roads in or out, a place where one must learn to count on his neighbor, whatever their differences.

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