November 14, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Lamar's Folly by Jeffrey Stuart Kerr

LAMAR'S FOLLY
by
Jeffrey Stuart Kerr

  Genre: Texas Historical Fiction
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press on Twitter  ┃ on Facebook
Date of Publication: November 15, 2017
Number of Pages: 320



Mirabeau Lamar seeks nothing less than a Texas empire that will dominate the North American continent. Brave exploits at the Battle of San Jacinto bring him rank, power, and prestige, which by 1838 propel him to the presidency of the young Republic of Texas and put him in position to achieve his dream. Edward Fontaine, who works for and idolizes Lamar, vows to help his hero overcome all obstacles, including the substantial power of Sam Houston. Houston and Lamar are not only political, but personal enemies, and each man regards the other with contempt.
Edward's slave Jacob likes and admires his master, but cannot share his hatred of Sam Houston. The loyalties of both Jacob and Edward are tested by President Lamar's belief that a righteous cause justifies any means necessary to sustain it. Lamar becomes infatuated with a married woman who resembles his deceased wife. He sends the woman's husband on the ill-fated Santa Fe Expedition, the failure of which humiliates Lamar and provokes a crisis in his relationship with Edward, who in turn jeopardizes the trust that Jacob has placed in him. Edward laments the waste of Lamar's genius, while Jacob marvels at the hypocrisy of both men.

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Lamar's Folly is the fictionalized story of the man who was the 2nd President of Texas, aka Mirabeau B. Lamar. As you start this book with the events that happened just before the Alamo, you can't help but think that this is gonna be a good book. Though the book is about Lamar, it's told primary from the point of view of Edward Fontaine, who idolizes Lamar, along with Edward's slave, Jacob, chiming in about what is going on as things unfolded.

I don't want to spoil Lamar's Folly, but reading it has made me so much more curious about those first few years after Texas won her independence from Mexico. In all honesty, by the halfway point of the story, Lamar's jealousy of Sam Houston was a real turn-off because it just seemed to consume Lamar. His sole focus was to do everything better than Houston, which ultimately backfired on him. I do have to give props to the author for making you feel like you are in Texas in 1836 and for writing that flows easily between Edward's view and Jacob's without the reader getting confused about who was saying what.

Overall, it was a good read that gave me deeper insight into why Texas failed as a country. Having real-life events and characters in this book just made it so easy to read that you tend to forget time and have the entire book read in just a couple of hours. Plus, it was a book about Texas, and you can't go wrong reading a book about your home state!

Thank you to Jeffrey Stuart Kerr for writing a book that made me want to go read more books set in this time period in Texas's history!


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours!





Jeffrey Stuart Kerr is the author of several titles, including Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas, winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts Award and a True West Best Western Book.








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