#BookReview: Yellow Hair by Andrew Joyce @huckfinn76

Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for an author I discovered via John Howell’s blog (https://johnwhowell.com/) The blurb appealed to me, along with the great review, so I gave it a go >>>

About the Book:

Book cover for Yellow Hair by Andrew Joyce

Through no fault of his own, a young man is thrust into a new culture just at the time that culture is undergoing massive changes. It is losing its identity, its lands, and its dignity. He not only adapts, he perseveres and, over time, becomes a leader—and on occasion, the hand of vengeance against those who would destroy his adopted people.

Yellow Hair documents the injustices done to the Sioux Nation from their first treaty with the United States in 1805 through Wounded Knee in 1890. Every death, murder, battle, and outrage written about actually took place. The historical figures that play a role in this fact-based tale of fiction were real people and the author uses their real names. Yellow Hair is an epic tale of adventure, family, love, and hate that spans most of the 19th century.
This is American history.

Awarded Book of the Year by Just Reviews.
Awarded Best Historical Fiction of 2016 by Colleen’s Book Reviews.

Andrew Joyce is the recipient of the 2013 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Western for his novel, Redemption: The Further Adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.

My Review:


I came across this book and writer via a fellow author’s blog, and the review and book description piqued my interest. And, wow, what a read! I’m so delighted I decided to read it.

Via this book, I’ve learnt a lot about American history and the brutal treatment between the emigrants and the natives. It’s obvious that much research and love has been poured into this novel. While the story is full of facts, the fictional element is a gripping read, and the whole thing is seamless and brilliantly blended. I cared for the characters deeply, and the wonderfully evocative descriptions made me feel as though I were there right with the characters, breathing in the dust and bleeding and hurting with them.

The writer, Andrew Joyce, is now one of my go-to authors. I give a resounding 5 stars to Yellow Hair.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/


30 Comments on “#BookReview: Yellow Hair by Andrew Joyce @huckfinn76

  1. This is a great review, Harmony. I read Mahoney by Andrew Joyce and it was excellent. That is also a historical novel. I will get Yellow Hair.

    • Thanks, Robbie. I plan on getting to all Andrew’s books at some point, seeing as I enjoyed this so much. 🙂

  2. I’m surprised indigenous people don’t carry more resentment after the way they’ve been treated throughout history.
    Great review, Harmony.

    • For certain. The more world history I discover, the more appalled I feel. Thanks, Jacquie 🙂

  3. Great review, Harmony:) I have this on my Kindle and can see it needs to be moved up the pile!

  4. What a great review, Harmony. With both your and John’s recommendation, it is moving up my TBR list. When I looked, I found that I purchased this book in 2016. It’s strange how books get buried on my Kindle and I forget they are there. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Oh, Jan, I have the same problem, lols 😂 This is one you’ll have to bump up the list 🙂

  5. Great review, Harmony. I haven’t read this one, but I know from reading other works by Andrew that his blending of history and fiction is excellent. Thanks for the wonderful recommendation. 🙂

  6. I’ve seen multiple good reviews for this book, Harmony. It sounds like I need to make room for it on my TBR. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I’ve had this book on my radar since reading about it on John’s site. I have got to move it p the list! Great review, Harmony.

    • I think you’d love this read, Gwen. It’s a sad one, but shows the brutal truth too. Hugs 🙂

    • I’m grateful for the recommendation. I likely wouldn’t have discovered Andrew otherwise 🙂