"...an adventure of epic proportions sure to ignite the imaginations of readers old or young!" --tometenderblogspot.com
"Some might compare this story to Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn', and rightly so. ... But I found it to be more of a history lesson, with endearing and well-written characters to carry us on a wonderful journey. ... I would recommend this story to be used as a textbook in all Florida history classes." - Magnolia Blossom Review
"A nostalgic novel with an environmental message that illuminates the book without distracting in any way from the fun." --Blogcritics blogcritics.org
"This is a remarkably well-told tale that brings the past to life. The characters are incredibly real and it is easy to join in their joys, sorrows, fear, and excitement." --Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite readersfavorite.com
"Filled with a strong story, wonderful imagery, and well developed characters, the book paints a vivid picture of the time with a solid mix of history, the clash of different cultures, the still prevalent issues of inequality across race, gender, and mindset..." --Gary Stout Garywstout.com
From the Author
One of the reasons I wrote "The River Way Home" was to let people experience what the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon were like before human beings dredged the canals that connect them and the Caloosahatchee River to Lake Okeechobee.
Florida's natural systems of wetlands and lakes originally cleansed the runoff from Central Florida by draining it slowly down the Kissimmee Valley through Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. Today, that water flushes through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, polluting them all, while the Everglades starve.
It's my hope that everyone who reads "The River Way Home" will get to know the rivers that used to be, fall in love with them as I have, and join the fight to save them and the Everglades. There has to be a better answer.