A Room In Blake’s Folly is a set of six historical short stories which all share a connection. All the stories are set in the American silver mining town of Blake’s Folly and the focus is on a couple of saloons called The Red Nag and The Mizpah. The stories are set in 1889, 1926, 1948, 1972, 2021 and 2022.
In 1889 Blake’s Folly was enjoying a boom time and the reader is introduced to Sookie Lacey, a saloon girl, and journalist Westley Cranston. Although the couple enjoy each other’s company, they don’t form a permanent relationship; however, it is their descendants who appear in the later stories.
Each new story has a new relationship and a new set of characters to get to know. I did find this a distraction and by the end I was struggling to remember how everyone was related as quite a lot of kin were mentioned after one hundred and thirty years.
I was rather surprised when I began reading and I discovered that these were short stories; I think that the book blurb would benefit from including this aspect, particularly for readers who like or dislike the short story format. I enjoyed reading about how the town of Blake’s Folly evolved and how it attracted those from each of the generations mentioned. The author has included historical details to help give the stories a place and setting, but I felt that those parts often overpowered areas where the characters could have been developed to make them more memorable.
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If only the walls could speak…
In one hundred and fifty years, Blake’s Folly, a silver boomtown notorious for its brothels, scarlet ladies, silver barons, speakeasies, and divorce ranches, has become a semi-ghost town. Although the old Mizpah Saloon is still in business, its upper floor is sheathed in dust. But in a room at a long corridor’s end, an adventurer, a beautiful dance girl, and a rejected wife were once caught in a love triangle, and their secret has touched three generations.