The Color Of Lightning by Paulette Jiles

The Color Of Lightning

In 1863, a freed black man settles with his wife and three children on the plains of North Texas, only to have their dream turn into a nightmare. While Britt Johnson was away getting supplies, a violent Indian attack leaves Johnson’s oldest son dead and wife and remaining children enslaved by their attackers.  Johnson vows to get them back and to avenge their tragedy.

What makes this work of historical fiction so wonderful is that Britt Johnson was not a fictional character.  Author Paulette Jiles came across Johnson’s story while researching an earlier novel and decided he deserved to have his story told.  And what a story it was. Paulette Jiles is a gifted writer, portraying the drama that was the true struggle between the American settlers and the Native Americans who lived in the Southwest. I highly recommend this fantastic book!

5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009
349 pages

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About Suzanne

I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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