Review: A Treasure of Gold
A TREASURE OF GOLD - Piper Huguley
Samhain Publishing
November 2015
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: A TREASURE OF GOLD by Piper Huguley features the middle Bledsoe sister, Garnet “Nettie” Bledsoe. For Nettie’s story the setting has shifted from Winslow, Georgia, the primary setting for the first two novels of this series, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The time frame is the decade of the 1920’s. Historically, social change was in full effect: prohibition, rising crime, and more freedom for women. Our heroine, Nettie has migrated from the small country town of Winslow to the big city of Pittsburgh to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Ruby and Dr. Adam Morson, protagonists of the first book of the series.

Change is the theme that runs throughout this story. Nettie, who had been on the revival circuit with Brother Carver and Sister Jane (side characters from the previous two books) now finds herself trying to adjust to big city life, and fulfilling her calling as a woman of faith. While on her way to the charity kitchen where she is in charge of feeding and helping people, like herself who are recent immigrants, her life changes. She discovers Jabez “Jay” Evans, the numbers kingpin hero, and in Nettie’s words, the most beautiful man she has ever seen”. He has been shot and left in an alley. This abnormal meeting sets the tone for the beginning of a conversion that not only involves the protagonists, but also the side characters who are connected to them.

Nettie and Jay each have paramount decisions to make concerning their futures as lovers and as citizens of a changing society. One side character who stands out is the straightforward Goldie, Jay’s daughter, a 7-year-old ‘woman child’. She is a child of the roaring twenties from her style of dress to her views of her world, and she is all in for change. The conflict lies with all the adult characters who must come to grips with imminent change.

Having read the first two books of this series,
A TREASURE OF GOLD is my favorite. Piper Huguley does a masterful job in showing the transition from rural to city living of African Americans during the time period of the 1920s through her characters. I highly recommend this series; it gets better with each book

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