The River Way Home by Mary E. Dawson #spotlight

The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, and the Amazon Queen



o “Characters you quickly grow to love and begin to think of as your friends.” 

o “A nostalgic novel with an environmental message that illuminates the book without distracting in any way from the fun.” 

o “I wished I could go back and visit this beautiful frontier world of a century ago in person, but at least I could take the journey through the pages of The River Way Home where the Florida frontier will live forever more.”


From the Author

Fall in love with the Florida that used to be. 

One of the reasons I wrote “The River Way Home” was to let people experience what the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon were like before human beings dredged the canals that connect them and the Caloosahatchee River to Lake Okeechobee.

 Florida’s natural systems of wetlands and lakes originally cleansed the runoff from Central Florida by draining it slowly down the Kissimmee Valley through Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. Today, that water flushes through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, polluting them all, while the Everglades starve. 

It’s my hope that everyone who reads “The River Way Home” will get to know the rivers that used to be, fall in love with them as I have, and join the fight to save them and the Everglades.  There has to be a better answer.


Meet the Author

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Mary E. Dawson is the author of two prize-winning novels, “The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, and the Amazon Queen,” which is now available at and “Code Name Nanette,” which is in production. 

“The River Way Home” is a tale of old Florida for young and old alike. Rich in historical detail, it draws the reader deep into the beauty and mystery of Florida’s unique environment to experience her characters’ exploration of friendship, loss, and possibility. 

A former professional photographer, editor for NASA, community activist, elected official, and attorney, Mary searched from New Orleans, to Seattle, to Houston, and Miami, before she found the place she calls home – a small remnant of Florida’s last frontier, which she shares with friends, family, and a black-and-tan hound that wandered in out of the Allapattah Flats one sunny afternoon.

You can reach Mary with questions and requests at or by email at


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