Friday, September 20, 2019

Lords of St. Thomas by Jackson Ellis

Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Pages: 180 pages
Published: April 2018 

I was contacted directly by Jackson Ellis, the author of this wonderful little gem of a book - Lords of St. Thomas. The book is historical fiction. It is loosely based on actual events and people during the Depression (1930s) in the the small town of St. Thomas, Nevada in the United States. The government has decided to build what we now know as the Hoover Dam. Henry Lord, his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson plan to hold out on selling the family property hoping the project won't take hold. This decision has detrimental effects, and continues to haunt "Little" Henry, the grandson, some 60 years later when the drought has caused Lake Mead to recede and he returns to St. Thomas.

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, and I truly enjoyed this story. I had not heard of St. Thomas or these events until reading this book. The overall tone is sad, but it is a very compelling story. While these events are fiction, they are based in reality. Without giving too much away, many of the tragedies that happened to the fictional characters happened to the real people of this real town. Ellis has done an excellent job researching and writing a story that I, as the reader, quickly dove into. At the end of the book, the author offers suggestions for further readings about the Hoover Dam project and the actual Lords. I really want to go visit the site one day!

Recommendation I highly recommend this book. You can grab an e-copy for less than a fancy drink at Starbucks, and I doubt you'll be disappointed in this quick read.

Until next time ... Read on!

Regardless of whether I purchase a book, borrow a book, or receive a book in exchange for review, my ultimate goal is to be honest, fair, and constructive. I hope you've found this review helpful.


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