Robert Wilder’s Wind from the Carolinas is one of my favorite books for the beach or boat. It’s one of Jimmy Buffet’s favorite books too. I read every other year or so and have several copies including one that lapped me around the pool a few times.
If you like historical fiction you’ll like this story of an aristocratic South Carolina family relocating to the Bahama Islands after ending up on the wrong side of the Revolutionary War. They went “lock, stock and barrel”–even dismantling their big plantation house brick-by-brick and shipping it out as ballast.
The plot unfolds with a fulfilling description of early life in the Caribbean then follows changes to island life through several generations.
There’s a love story in there too.
Bring a copy of Wind from the Carolina’s along next time you’re under sail or heading to the coast.
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