Book Review: Lords of St. Thomas by Jackson Ellis

Lords of St. Thomas
by Jackson Ellis

Henry Lord was born and raised in St. Thomas, Nevada. He has spent his entire young life in the small town, as have his parents and grandparents. Henry lives with his parents and his grandfather, after whom he was named. It’s the 1930s and Hoover Dam is being built. The construction of the dam will cause the town to be submerged, so the residents are all moving away. Henry’s father and grandfather disagree about what they should do. The father believes they should leave and find a home and work in a nearby town. However, the grandfather refuses to sell his home and business to the government, and doesn’t believe the waters will reach the town.

The story is told is told from the viewpoint of the grandson, “Little” Henry. He is just a young boy when the town is being abandoned by the townsfolk, and doesn’t fully understand what is happening. The family experiences a lot of tragedy, but young Henry handles everything with respect and dignity.

A historical fiction account of St. Thomas, Nevada. St. Thomas was a small town abandoned by the residents in the 1930s after the Hoover Dam was built and the waters of Lake Mead submerged it. The last remaining resident of the town was Hugh Lord, who was the inspiration for the character of Henry Lord.

A heartwarming story about family and home. Beautifully written. This short book manages to evoke a number of emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, and hope.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book is expected to be published in April 2018.

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