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Book review: The legend of Jake Howell by Charles A Reap Jnr. One of the world's richest and most admired men.



5 Star review for a well-deserved book.

I received the book from the publisher for an honest review.

Jacob P Howell had an interesting life. Born in 1803, it was filled with drama, heartbreak and sorrow but he always got back on his feet. His footprint left a trail of determination, knowledge, skill and sound advice. A legacy that stood the test of time. His enormous wealth started with one gold nugget that changed his way of life forever.

Born as the son of a dirty, penniless farmer, Jake understood the value of hard work, learning and experience. His father giving him the solid foundation to further himself as a businessman.

The author’s writing allowed you a brief glimpse of this remarkable man’s life. A quick read that takes you back to 1800, when life was very hard, and opportunities meagre. The author giving us a very good understanding of the way of life, the difficulties they faced as well as slavery and education of women during that time.

What I take from this book is still very true today. Never underestimate the value of a good education and hard work. Nothing comes for free and if you are willing to do your part you will reap the benefit thereof.

Especially through the lives of his children, this was illustrated very well. That, and the bond of family. It doesn’t matter what circumstances have brought us together, we stand together. Jake was a family man, along with his loving wife, Sarah, they had a strong bond with each of their children. A bond only broken by misguided lies. Some used their upbringing to better themselves and the world, others squander it away.  

Truly a very good book that brought justice to this impressive figure. 






When he picked up that shiny stone from the small stream, nine-year-old Jake Howell would not have believed that it would trigger America's first gold rush and that he would become one of the world's richest and most admired men.


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