Father Was A Caveman: The First Book in The Echoes in My Mind Series

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            Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in rural and small town America during the roaring twenties? Or experience the great depression of the thirties? Or actually hear Franklin Roosevelt’s voice announce America’s entry into World War II?

            This book takes you on a journey to those times as seen through the eyes of Burrel Harman and his young family. Taking place in Newark, Ohio, Seneca and Smokehole Caverns and Petersburg, WV, The Cave Dwellers tells the story of the family’s adventures as Burrel fulfills his and his family’s dream to open to the public the unexplored cavern his grandfather had discovered on the family farm.

            When Burrel became the cavern’s first manager, his children, whether playing within the cavern’s stone walls, waking to the sight and sound of a carrousel in their yard, soaring over the 1000 feet peaks of Seneca Rocks in the open cockpit of a barnstormer’s airplane, or watching country music performances from their own front porch, life seemed enchanted.

            Then the lure of an unexplored cave took him to Smokehole Caverns where he worked with other fearless spelunkers to transform it from its primitive state to an underground wonderland, and to stay on as its first manager. After moving to nearby Petersburg, the family quickly adjusted to being “townies.”

            Then, unknown forces began to work behind the scenes to destroy life as they had known it. While they faced tragedies, loss of loved ones, and a bushwhacker’s bullet, nothing had prepared them for what happened next.

            As Burrel struggled from the depth of his despair to restore order to their family, and the children yearned for what they had lost, a stranger appeared and helped  bring the magic back into their lives.

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About the author

June Harman Betts spent the first 8 years of her life in the big white house above Seneca Caverns and the next 3 in Petersburg, West Virginia near Smokehole Caverns, while her father explored, opened and managed both caverns. After a few vagabond years, she, as a young teen, and her family settled in Newark, Ohio where she and her husband Richard currently reside. A former Girl Scout executive and readers' columnist for the Newark Advocate, she has also been a lifetime volunteer. Every minute she spends with her large 4 generational family, is a learning experience providing her with ideas for future books.

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AuthorHouse
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Published on
May 30, 2007
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Pages
316
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ISBN
9781452029870
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Language
English
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Genres
History / General
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Along Came a Soldier is a page turner in the style of June Harman Betts' first two books, Father Was A Caveman and We Were Vagabonds. It recreates the life of an American family immediately following World War II into the turbulent years of the Vietnam War.

COMMENTS FROM ACTUAL READERS:

I enjoyed June Harman Betts' articles in our local paper for years. Needless to say, I was thrilled to hear that she had written a book. AND WHAT A READ! ...As she did so well in her newspaper articles, she takes us to a place of memories, romance, heart-filled times of joy and sorrow-all while sharing the still unwinding story of our greatest generation.

Dianne Cline, Denison University

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As June Harman Betts pens the true story of the family's history, one becomes riveted by the highlights and heartbreaks of this intriguing family. The reader is drawn into the family's history with her ability to bring back memories of the reader's own bygone days through her vivid description of the various areas of the country where the family lived. One looks forward to her third book as she continues to weave her story with the young girl's marriage to a young soldier and their life together.

James Ritchey, Newark, Ohio

...Father Was A Caveman was so great, especially when it described days of long ago. I enjoyed it so much and also the sequel, We Were Vagabonds. June Harman Betts is a wonderful author. I could not put the book down. Even though I read it from the library in Petersburg, West Virginia, I had to order my own copy for future generations. Katherine Vance, Amazon.com Reader Review.

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to experience life as a civilian in the United States during the early 1940s while the world was engulfed in World War II? Or what it was like when the streets of American cities were almost devoid of young men? Or imagine a time when the entire country was geared to support the war effort? Or when everyday items were in short supply and government-issued ration stamps determined how many tires, pairs of shoes, gallons of gasoline, or pounds of meat and sugar you could buy?

We Were Vagabonds stands alone as a story or it can be read as a sequel to Father Was A Caveman, as it continues the saga of Burrel Harman and his children when they are reunited after being scattered apart for a year.

Burrel vows never to be separated from his children again so he comes up with a creative way to keep them together. His solution leads to some exciting, joyful, and even frightening experiences, as with his bride and children in tow, he follows the large defense construction jobs. This book is filled with humor and adventure as the family adjusts to their life on the road as vagabonds.

In Washington, D.C. Burrel works on the construction of the Pentagon. Then near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland he helps build a seaplane base. There they find themselves living in the middle of a junkyard where June and Polly are exposed to one of the most terrifying experiences of their lives. Then in Jackson, Mississippi they discover what it is like to be Damn Yankees in the deep South.

Their journey begins in Ohio, takes them through many states, and ends just twenty-five miles from where they started. Here Cecil discovers that pretty blondes and unreliable cars make a volatile combination. Then with help from an unexpected source, June begins her quest to become reunited with her long-lost mother and little brother, Dickie.

At the end of World War II, the young girl had no idea she was the answer to a dying old man's prayer when along came a soldier into her life. Whether it was the power of the unknown prayer or the persistence of the soldier, that chance meeting changed her life into a roller coaster ride that was filled with fun and zany antics.

Along Came a Soldier is a page turner in the style of June Harman Betts' first two books, Father Was A Caveman and We Were Vagabonds. It recreates the life of an American family immediately following World War II into the turbulent years of the Vietnam War.

COMMENTS FROM ACTUAL READERS:

I enjoyed June Harman Betts' articles in our local paper for years. Needless to say, I was thrilled to hear that she had written a book. AND WHAT A READ! ...As she did so well in her newspaper articles, she takes us to a place of memories, romance, heart-filled times of joy and sorrow-all while sharing the still unwinding story of our greatest generation.

Dianne Cline, Denison University

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

As June Harman Betts pens the true story of the family's history, one becomes riveted by the highlights and heartbreaks of this intriguing family. The reader is drawn into the family's history with her ability to bring back memories of the reader's own bygone days through her vivid description of the various areas of the country where the family lived. One looks forward to her third book as she continues to weave her story with the young girl's marriage to a young soldier and their life together.

James Ritchey, Newark, Ohio

...Father Was A Caveman was so great, especially when it described days of long ago. I enjoyed it so much and also the sequel, We Were Vagabonds. June Harman Betts is a wonderful author. I could not put the book down. Even though I read it from the library in Petersburg, West Virginia, I had to order my own copy for future generations. Katherine Vance, Amazon.com Reader Review.

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