THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER - Parker J. Cole
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: B+
REVIEW: If you have never read a story written by the prolific writer, Parker J. Cole, I recommend THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER. It’s an intriguing story of Black Gotham in the 1800’s. THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER chronicles the lives of two families, the Letchmores (Elsia) and the Knights (Zelpher). Elsia and Zelpher are the protagonists who take center stage in this historical tale.
This is a time period piece that explores the dynamics of a period in history where class, race, and status, are emphasized and play a major role in everyday life. The Irish and Blacks are on the low rung of the social ladder. In order to retain a place on the top rung of the social ladder, the Knights, particularly Mrs. Knight, are involved in the very precarious and sometimes dangerous practice of passing for white. I love the way that Ms Cole treats this phenomenon and makes it an intrinsic feature of the storyline. Elsia, a Black woman and the heroine, is in love with Zelpher Knight, who is fighting his own demons as an actor. Since his mother insists on passing as a white family, the consequences of her actions affect everyone she has a relationship with, especially her daughter. What is more, Elsia and Zelpher’s relationship is so unstable that you wonder if there’s any kind of happy ever in store for them. No spoilers, I’ll allow you discover the all-is-lost point in their relationship. I also love the theater historical references in the story because they reflect the societal turmoil. You’ll completely understand when you read the story.
There are many eclectic characters who have minor roles that contribute to the intrigue of the story. My favorite is Sebro, the courtesan and Zelpher’s sister. As a matter of fact, the Epilogue serves as an introduction to her story, THE BUTLER’S DAUGHTER, Book #2 of this series.
I enjoyed reading THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER. The story was engaging and “edutaining”. I recommend it for your reading pleasure.
16th November 2021 | firstname.lastname@example.org