Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo
Review Date: June 16, 2022
Category: Fiction - Historical
“He told me he'd kill any savage that dared touch even one hair on my head. And if I ever allowed it, he'd kill me along with him...” are amongst the strong words that introduce this spellbinding novel, a tale that brims with family secrets and intrigue and drama that is rare. A well-known attorney would not allow the love between his daughter and an Indian boy to blossom. To stop them from loving each other, he has to do the unthinkable. It is what this story is about and more…
When Danny discovers Charlotte’s diary and her wedding photo, she becomes obsessed and curious about them. So she asks her aunt about Charlotte Wickham. It is then that her aunt opens up and spills out the secrets to Danny and her mother, Diana — secrets that have been in the family for sixty years. It is the story of how far a Caucasian father would go to stop his daughter from loving an Indian boy.
The story is persistently suspenseful, alternating between 1883 when Charlotte lived and 1951 as Danny and Diana look for answers to her identity. The story is spellbinding and it brilliantly explores the theme of racism and social inequality. The love between the daughter of a well-known attorney and a Lenape Indian, who met in grade school, serves as a medium through which the author explores the consequences of racism and the inequality of equal men. The prose is excellent and the writing possesses a beauty that delights in itself. The sparkling dialogues feel real and they elevate the drama, transforming the entire story into an emotional rollercoaster that keeps readers racing through the pages. The Tattered Black Book by Lexy Duck is a dazzling novel with complex and fully drawn characters, a setting that mesmerizes through the power of its historical and cultural hints, and a conflict that moves the plot in unexpected directions. Lexy Duck comes across as a gifted storyteller with a voice that is as unique as it is compelling.
K Colby said Captivating Story!
This book drew me in from the first page. The author’s descriptions of each character and the details of each element created such vivid images. I feel certain that I could see the story unfold exactly as it was in the author’s imagination. The characters came alive as the story continued. The author’s masterful transitions between eras and the threads of history and the culture of the time period give us just enough to frame the story and elicit emotion about the characters without cluttering the plot. I couldn’t put the book down and once I finished, I didn’t want it to be over. I hope there’s a sequel. I will be watching for more from this author. Well done Lexy Duck.
Babette Omland said Compelling subject matter
The vivid descriptions of both the characters and locales draw the reader to follow Danny in her quest. Every emotion is triggered in the reader as the young girl looks for answers from her elders. I loved everything about this book. The author conveys her first hand knowledge of both the people and places without drowning us with endless nonessential words. It is well written, I could not put it down. I look forward to a sequel or whatever she chooses to write about next. Very highly recommended.
B. Jones said Excellant Book
I absolutely LOVE this book. I couldn’t put it down. The author was so descriptive, that I could actually see the entire story unfold in my mind. As if it were a movie. I highly recommend this book. You won’t be disappointed. I’m looking forward to more books written by this author.
Virginia Granieri said The suspense keeps you reading.
This is the best book I have read in a long time.From the time I opened this book I became Danny. I laughed and cried. Wonderfully written. Go buy this book you will not be disappointed. Suspense.
Margaret P. Williams said Outstanding story AND descriptives!
Highly recommend...strong descriptives, which put you right there in every scene, getting to know (so well) each and every character!
Scrappy writes Must read
Excellent reading couldn't put it down. Hope there us a sequel.
P. J. Somerville said MUST READ!
Well developed characters with whom you will fall in love and love to dislike. Great scenery description allowing one to not only imagine but smell some of foods/rooms. Great job, Lexy Duck! Thank you!
Mary Jane Facciponti said A great read!
Loved this book! Lexy Duck, I beg you to write another book! 5 stars, for sure!
Rose D said Couldn't Put This Book Down!
I just loved The Tattered Black Book and can't wait to read more from this author! The characters are so memorable and the story so vivid. I felt Charlotte's pain, and Diana's frustration. And, like Danielle, I was impatiently waiting for the rest of the tale to unfold, yet I didn't want it to end! Now that I've finished it, I just might have to reread it to pick up the details I missed the first time around. Beautifully written, a saga masterfully told. You will love this book!