Author releases first historical novel
Island author and historian Betty Anholt recently published her first historical novel, “Turtle Coast,” based on the waterways of the island coast. It addresses timeless aspects of family life and the unique local environment. On the isolated coast of Southwest Florida nearly 100 years ago, homesteads and help could be many miles separated from each other. Nevertheless connections were made and friendships forged through adversity, common grounds and basic humanity. The Pratt family, linked to both Florida’s commercial fishing community and to Michigan’s more social life, reveled in their connections to their island coast and its environment, its neighbors, on run boats and fish houses, and the love and beauty surrounding them. When tragedy strikes along with a natural disaster, everything changes. The book is available locally and online at www.amazon.com and as an e-book. Anholt’s previous non-fiction histories include “Sanibel’s Story: Voices and Images from Calusa to Incorporation” and, most recently, “Protecting Sanibel and Captiva Islands, the Conservation Story,” coauthored with Charles LeBuff.