Challenges come in all sizes and guises -- and no matter what the time in history -- challenges can shake the very foundation of a family. Bellemere is a novel that transcends generations within the Taylor family, beginning with the Civil War and concluding as World War II comes to an end. The challenges faced by each generation provide each character with opportunities to grow personally, financially, spiritually -- as well as opportunities to fade from grace and shrink from responsibility and achievement.
Will Taylor, the protagonist in this epic drama, has to overcome the loss of parents early in his life. Due to the love and support of his adopted family, Will develops skills and talents that eventually take him to a new land -- a new life -- new challenges in the untamed land around Orlando, Florida.
Long before Orlando was known as the mecca for tourists from around the world...long before there was a space program that blasted Americans into history...long before swimming pools and motion picture studios, Orlando was a virgin land offering challenges to those with vision. Among the early pioneers to the area were cattle herders and agriculturalists who saw what the land might provide. Will Taylor saw the future in citrus.
Challenged by killing freezes (such as the chill of 1894) and the deadly canker infestations of the 1920's, citrus grower Will Taylor and his family earn their place of respect in old Orlando. Through war and peace, triumph and tragedy, through love and hate, one thing shines through: family is everything.
As the three-generational story reaches its climax, one of Will Taylor's descendents rises above sibling rivalries, petty differences, financial hardship, to bring family unity from the brink of destruction. This inspiring story of love and honor restores the reader's faith in the family unit and the importance family ties hold down through each generation.
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Walter G. Allen, known to his friends and family as "Buckie," served as an infantry soldier in World War II. After growing his company during the years following his return to civilian life, he sold it and "retired" and took on the role of consultant to other businesses in the greater Orlando area. Mr. Allen is a Past District Governor of Rotary International. He has served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church. And represented the Natioal Wholesale Druggists' Association as its President. He and his wife Bettie reside in Orlando. His first novel was entitled "When You Least Expect Me."
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Book Description Synchronicity Publishing, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M096734395X