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Jan. 1 2003 Shenandoah Sisters (Book 1)
Two girls, brought together amid the turmoil of the Civil War, are forced to break down prejudices to survive. Shenandoah Sisters Book 1.

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In this first book in the Shenandoah Sisters series, Phillips, a prolific author and longtime CBA bookseller, offers a light historical novel with the flavor of young adult fiction. Mary Ann "Mayme" Jukes is a young African-American slave girl living in Shenandoah County, in North Carolina, in the 1860s. When marauding outlaw Confederate soldiers kill her family, she escapes to Rosewood, another plantation owned by the white family of Kathleen "Katie" Clairborne. Here, Mayme finds more devastation; 15-year-old Katie is the only person left alive. The girls become friends and together vow to run the plantation and keep the adults' deaths a secret until Katie comes of legal age to own the debt-ridden property. The book is mostly a collection of short, sketchy scenes, presumably setting up events for the next book in the series. Phillips's prose is simple and workmanlike, adeptly moving the events along. The reader is left with a few questions (the plantation is devastated, yet the girls have plenty of livestock and groceries), and the spiritual thread is fairly basic (God tells Mayme directly what to do, and they speak to each other in italics). The epilogue leaves the reader hanging until the promised second installment. Young evangelical Christian women looking for escapist historical fiction will find this passable, if not particularly memorable, entertainment.
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About the Author

Michael Phillips is one of the premier fiction authors publishing in the Christian marketplace. He has authored more than fifty books, with total sales exceeding five million copies. He's also the editor of the popular GEORGE MACDONALD CLASSICS series.

Phillips owns and operates a Christian bookstore on the West Coast. He and his wife, Judy, have three grown sons and make their home in Eureka, California.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Angels Come In Many Forms June 26 2004
ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME is the first book in the Shenandoah Sisters series written by the acclaimed Christian author Michael Phillips. This book introduces us to Mary Ann Jukes (Mayme) and Kathleen Clairborne (Katie); two young girls close in age but with very different lives. Mayme is a young slave girl living on a plantation in North Carolina. Through her experiences readers are exposed to the everyday life of a young slave and her family. Katie lives on another large plantation in the area and lives a comfortable life as the youngest and only daughter of slave owners.
The book opens during the turbulent times preceding the civil war. As the story continues, Katie's life is shaken up when her father and three older brothers go off to fight with the Confederate Army. Things seem to be going from bad to worse, but as the war comes to a close things start looking up for the Clairborne family. That is until a violent and tragic series of events take place and life on both plantations is forever changed. As a result of these events, the paths of these two very different young girls cross and the story of their relationship unfolds. Katie is a dreamer, but the realities of life are forcing her to grow up fast. Mayme has always had a hard life and as a result she seems to be afraid to dream at all. Although the two girls have seemingly opposite worldviews, they are the perfect compliment for one another as they face the difficult challenges that lie ahead. Along the way the two girls begin to develop a personal relationship with God.
Some readers will be turned off by Mayme's acceptance of her role as slave. In spite of her youth, she has had enough experiences to break her spirit to the point where she is afraid to hope for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC....LOVED IT !! Dec 5 2013
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I just loved this the first one free and then gladly purchased the remainder. Couldn't wait to read the next and the next book. When the series was over I was so sad as I wanted to read more......then to my surprise I found the series does continue with the Carolina Cousins series....Loved It!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a very good read. Nov. 24 2013
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This was a very good example of how good our God is. Even through all the adversity these two young girls had to live through, He kept them safe and together. It is very much a parallel of life today for all who believe...1Cor. 10:13 temptation has befallen you, than that which is common to man...but God is faithful...and in that temptation will give you a way to endure it. These girls lived a Hugh loss in their young lives...with their faith...OUR GOD SAW THEM THROUGH and kept them together. I look forward to reading the next novels in the series. I love reading Micheal Phillips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friendship and Love Know No Boundaries April 23 2003
Angels Watching Over Me, is a story of two young friends Katie, a white girl and Mayme, a colored slave girl. Set in Shenandoah, sometime after the Civil War the two teens living just miles of each other meet after a tragic event. When the Civil War comes to an end Gangs of outlaw Confederate deserters sweep across the land in a murderous path through the South leaving both the girls orphaned. I found this to be a very heartwarming, God-touching story of love and friendship amidst all the pain and sorrow. These two girls from two different worlds miraclously survive their ordeal in a world turned upside down.

Together both of the girls do whatever they can to stay safe as they hide out in the plantation once owned by Katie's family. In this story of survival, both of them grow in a new truth and faith in God. It is God who speaks to Mayme and she talks to him and listen to what He tells her to do. The two vow to keep things that have happened secret and manage things with God's help. When the girls come of age, they live together with Katie taking over the plantation. Through all the strengths and skills they reconstruct their lives by the mercy and grace of God. It was an amazing story of triumphant over bad circumstances. It encouraged me that no matter if you left alone in a dark world you can make it with the help of an Almighty and loving God. So you can grow and make a life for yourself. No matter the odds, you can stand against anything when you got God on your side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Phillips is a great author! Nov. 13 2003
If you are interested in the Civil War and enjoy Christian Fiction, you will most likely appreciate the story this book tells. This book's story is centered around a small NC town during the Civil War, and paralells the lives of two young girls, whose circumstances bring them together. The book deals with several different issues and the author tells the story in the most interesting and creative way. Angels Watching Over Me is a very appropriate title because the two girls definitely need a whole legion of angels to watch over them. One minute you will laugh and the next you will want to cry at what they have to go through. It is a difficult book to put down and I cannot wait to read "A Day To Pick Your Own Cotton" which is the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, I didn't want to put it down! Feb. 7 2003
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I thought this book was really good because it has a lot of good messages. I love to read books about different times in history and this has been my favorite one so far. The other thing I like about this book is that it says some really cool stuff about God. I thought it was really nice to read about the attitude that Katie (Miss Katie) had with Mayme. Because back in those days white people weren't very nice to people with dark skin. I'm very surprised how strong Mayme was about the whole situation. Both of them had to grow up really fast and I can't wait to read the second book! So in conclusion I loved this book!
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