Book Review: Cherokee America by Margaret Verble



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I first like to thank Historical fiction Virtual book tours and Netgalley for giving me a Kindle copy of this book to review on my blog.

Cherokee America by Margaret Verble is set in the late 1800’s. The setting of this story is Cherokee Nation West.  

Several different characters are introduced in the first part of this story and they have their own story.  But all the characters are tied to the singer family.

The matriarch of the family is Check.  Who is half-blood, she is part Cherokee and part white. Just like her mother she married a white man,  she is now raising five sons. Her husband is sick and eventually dies towards the end of the story.

Through Check we are introduced to Puney and Ezell. Former slaves who now work for Check.  Puney “woman trouble” causes a whole lot of mess throughout the story. Then we are introduced to Sanders,  who has a habit of getting people out of messes. Then we have Check’s eldest sons Hugh and Calum who are coming into manhood. Who are at period in their life that one wrong move can affect the rest of their lives.  The two main plots in this story were a hidden gold stash and murder.

The story for me started off slowly,  I think that introduction of so many characters and different plotlines slowed down the book somewhat. But eventually the book picks up and you can see how everyone ties into the story. I found myself really enjoying this book.  

I would caution readers to be patient with this book. If you’re looking to read something that instantly gratifies you then this not the book for you.  I would say that this more a slow burn.

I thought all the characters were very well written. I like that some of the characters were inspired by real life figures.

I kind of wished that this story was a sequel. I think it cut off too soon, and even though she gave an epilogue and told us what happened to them.  I kind of wanted more.

Overall, I really liked this book.  If your looking to read historical fiction on Native Americans.  I would highly recommend picking this up.




Book Info

Title: Cherokee America

Author: Margaret Verble

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 399



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