A young biographer has been offered the opportunity of a life time. She has been chosen to write the biography of a man whose wealth and reputation are the focus of media attacks and gossip magazines. Not sure why she has been chosen over more experience biographers with well-known reputations she takes the job. A job that will pull her deeper into the family than she has ever expected.
Arriving at the home of her new employer, notes and background information in hand, she is ready to cajole, probe and trick (if she has to) all his secrets from him. Deep in the ranch lands of Arizona she expects to find a hard boiled rancher, businessman and former politician. What she finds instead is a warm, complex man with a story of three generations of New Mexico ranchers. From his great-grandfather’s time with the Pony Express and first founding of the ranch and dynasty, to the current generation patriarch, he takes her through a sweeping history of New Mexico and its founding families.
But this story is more a story of enduring friendships. Friendships that pass through three generations of men. Each bound to one another through ties of family, the land and male bonding. For 100 years these three families have worked, lived, played and suffered heartbreak and loss together. They have become more brothers than friends.
This is not a western. It’s not about cowboys or cowgirls. It is about family and what makes the ties that binds us together as people.
Well written with interesting characters and a story that is as compelling as it is complex “100 Years of Brotherly Love” will keep you turning the pages quickly. This is definitely a book that men will enjoy but women will like it too. The main protagonists throughout are mainly men. But the women that are part of the story are as strong and intelligent as the men.
I really liked this book and will be reading more from this author.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parent’s Little Black Book