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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
This historical nonfiction work is extraordinary and heartrending. Author Kay Carroll details the story of her great-grandparents in Alex’s Eyes: A True Story of Hidden Roots. Although Alex had Choctaw Native American, as well as African-American ancestry, his name was not on the Native American rolls. Additionally, census takers not writing down his name correctly added to doubts surrounding his heritage. Alex’s struggles to reverse decisions regarding his rights as a landowner spanned many years. His marriage to Molly Elizabeth was loving and they raised a large family, among the necessary moves from Mississippi to Oklahoma and several towns within Oklahoma. The ending to Alex’s journey is heartrending.
The portrayal of Alex and Molly’s relationship adds a warm touch to the agonizing decisions that greatly affected their lives and the lives of their children. The author includes many documents highlighting the efforts of Alex and his attorneys as well as the responses to them. These two elements are well-balanced, creating an easy-to-read flow. This is especially important as the content behind governmental decisions reveals the blatant racism within agencies during the post-Civil War decades. Although a reader may have some knowledge of these historical realities, this family story brings it to life. This book is the third in the Millcreek Pond series, and every reader will want to read each book. In Alex’s Eyes: A True Story of Hidden Roots, penned by Kay Carroll, an important part of American history is revealed. The book is unforgettable and will touch the heart of every reader.