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The award-winning Florida historical novel Sand Mansions brings to life a time and place not far removed from Gone With the Wind and The Yearling.

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Sand Mansions Awards:

  • Best Adult Fiction of 2006 -- The Florida Publishers Association
  • Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award, First Prize for Published Fiction

Sand Mansions by Norman Gilliland

In 1876 brash young fugitive Nathaniel Larrabee takes a series of wrong turns on his way from Missouri to the gold fields of the Dakota Territory and finds himself in a north Florida town every bit as wild and bountiful as the frontier he was seeking. Based closely on remarkable events, Sand Mansions brings to life thirty thundering years of north Florida history.

...word pictures and dialogue that have the ring of historical authenticity. It is a great read. —Michael Gannon, author of Secret Missions

[a] rugged narrative of kindling fierce spirit and earning a place for oneself. —Midwest Book Review

This is what I think of when I think of historical fiction. —Historical Novel Review.

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