The Surfman's Daughter

Growing up in a Cape Cod village 1904-1929

Are interested in true stories from the early 1900s? Do you ever reflect on times you set out to do something difficult and succeeded? Then this book is for YOU. Created for adults, teens, and history classes. BOOK and E-BOOK on Amazon!

Missing piano keys, a “cold” fire, and chickens in the outhouse!

     Journey to Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1904 to meet Roxane Eldredge in this short-story biography.

     Spirited and inquisitive as a child, Roxane tries to be good, but gets into scrapes. From pranks to starting a house fire, things go awry. Yet she also exudes responsibility by trapping skunks and picking cranberries to help with family finances and by volunteering at the Chatham Naval Air Station during World War I. Still, even as an adult, she winds up in tight spots. Why does she get stranded in a boat while out fishing?

     Settle into the early 1900s as Roxane navigates humorous and serious situations, sparkling with determination.


“Fabulous presentation of life at the time with a compelling writing style.” -John Chamberlain, author of Finding Things

“A must-read for all who love to learn about history through literature.”  -Homeschool Life Magazine

“My family was drawn to Roxane because of her hilarious exploits. It’s a great family read, a supplement to your homeschool, or a good choice for a chapter book reader. Highly recommended! ”  – Jenny Underwood, educator

And a little funny from a FB friend: “Excellent work! And as far as I can tell, not a single mention of a dragon, vampire, or zombie. Thank you for that.”

✎”These stories are simply enchanting and full of rich history about Roxane Eldredge and her family. They are simple, yet whimsical – reminding me of the stories of Laura Ingalls. Fun and wholesome. I especially enjoyed the surprise in the acknowledgments. Lovely!” – Tracy Myhre, author

✎”I can see a book club with people from different backgrounds enjoying this very much. It has many interesting and intriguing stories. … Each chapter ends with points and questions for the reader to think even more about what was read, and to reflect. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Surfman’s Daughter.” – B. Sawyer

✎”Rebecca Locklear has done an incredible amount of research to make her stories historically accurate. They are entertaining, funny, and educational at the same time. I found it hard to put this book down. I highly recommend it.” – Phil Bates

✎”We came to the phrase, ‘Vomit oozed out her nose’ and decided you really know how to write a story! The children and I am looking forward to reading more.” – Angie, home educator

✎”Every one of these stories made me smile. The book offers a fascinating insight into family life when folks were grounded in the present and they relied on each other to get by. The author’s style goes to the heart and was informative while simultaneously uplifting. I read The Surfman’s Daughter as a sequel to the author’s book Exploring the U.S. Life-Saving Service 1878-1915, which includes Roxane’s father when he was a surfman involved with rescues at sea. I enjoyed both books immensely.” – Shimon Avish, author

✎”The Surfman’s Daughter by Rebecca Locklear is an absolute and total delight. Whether young or old, this book will bring a smile to your face and joy to your heart. This is a biography of a fascinating woman and the misadventures she had over the years. You’ll laugh and maybe shed a sweet tear, but you will finish the book and wish for more.” – Celia Martin, author

✎”This book is great reading of 1900’s going from kerosene lamps to electric lights. Funny Halloween tricks that she and her brother did. A great read. Teachers could use this in their classroom.” – Marie Bauer

✎”What a great bit of history and personal insight into a quintessential Cape Cod town. A must for any lover of the old time Cape feeling. And the pictures are a great addition.” – J. P. Cunniff, Cape Cod

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