I received this book through a giveaway on Goodreads and absolutely could not wait to read it. The concept sounded interesting, as I have always been interested in the history of people (as a whole and individually).
This book was a little confusing at parts. When the author was explaining how certain people were related to each other and how he figured out that they were related to each other, I had a little trouble following his reasoning. It seemed, at least from the books depictions, that the author was assuming quite a few things rather than finding out the actual facts of how everyone was related.
Along with being somewhat confusing this book was also a little repetitive at times. Not only did the author repeat his family tree (or what he knew of it) numerous times throughout the beginning of the book but there were also some phrases/information that were presented twice within only a few pages of each other. For example, on page 49 the author states, “Now I looked at the 1850 census, which was the first to list every member of the household…”. The author then writes almost the exact same sentence on page 52, changing only the word “now” to the word “so”. Repetition such as that occurred numerous times throughout the book and drove me crazy while I was reading.
I really enjoyed the chapters that were a description of “Glen Coe” and the lives of the people that lived there. Those chapters were written beautifully and added a nice touch to the overall story. It almost seemed as if a different author wrote them, they were that much better written than the rest of the book.
On an unrelated note, the cover of this book is really well-done and unique. Part of the reason I entered the giveaway on Goodreads was because the cover caught my eye. Props to David Drummond (who designed it).
Bottom Line: I would give this book 6/10 stars. There were some good parts to the book and it was relatively interesting, yet I was disappointed with the book as a whole. It was a little too repetitive and confusing to truly enjoy.