Author Betty M. Rafter’s new book “The Biggest Moonshiner” is the riveting memoir of a tight-knit family navigating the challenges of poverty in 1930s-era South Florida

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Recent release “The Biggest Moonshiner” from Page Publishing author Betty M. Rafter is a nostalgic and candid reflection on her childhood as one of twelve siblings living from day to day as the children of an illegal moonshiner during Prohibition and the Great Depression.

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Betty M. Rafter, a Florida native who enjoys reading, writing, and planning adventures with her husband, Patrick, in their travel trailer, has completed her new book “The Biggest Moonshiner”: an evocative account of her eventful childhood in the Florida Everglades.

“The Biggest Moonshiner” is a story of unconditional love, triumph over hate, forgiveness, and redemption.

It’s a memoir with bits of history during the hard-scrabble life of the author and her eleven siblings growing up during the Depression in the Glades of South Florida with, allegedly, “the biggest moonshiner on the East Coast” and their faith-based mama. It tells of their mama’s struggle to keep the family together and life lessons the author and her siblings gleaned from adversity: while hiding out in the woods with their parents, Urbie and Leila Meeks; when they were running from the Feds, picking cotton in Alabama while on the run, living in a tent and picking other crops with migrants; and during their time living in an orphanage.

Leila never lost her faith in God or her unconditional love for their hardworking, optimistic, and fun-loving daddy, who made every challenge a fun adventure—even when he got drunk and abused her and sometimes the kids or when they were homeless after he lost their home and business gambling or when she had to feign for herself and six kids when he went to prison for making moonshine.

When a tragedy brought about the death of Leila and her unborn child, the siblings struggled to work through the fog of pain, knowing they had to put their anger and hate aside and forgive, if they were going to fulfill their mama’s last request: “To get along with your daddy, and keep the kids together.”

Published by New York City-based Page Publishing, Betty M. Rafter’s engrossing book is a poignant and heartwarming memoir of childhood in a bygone era in South Florida.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase“The Biggest Moonshiner” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

About Page Publishing:

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