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Michael Phillips
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Jan. 1 2003 Shenandoah Sisters (Book 1)
Book 1 of SHENANDOAH SISTERS. Two young Southern girls, one the daughter of a plantation owner and one the daughter of a slave, barely survive the onset of the Civil War and the loss of both their families. When these tragic circumstances bring them together, they join forces to discover if they can make a life for themselves. As their preconceptions give way to experience, they gradually learn to value their contrasting and complementing strengths and skills as they face the formidable task of keeping body and soul together in the aftermath of this devastating war. But is it possible the Lord they have come to know has something bigger in mind for the plantation than either of them can imagine?

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough detail. May 31 2014
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I thought the book was okay, but not spectacular. There could have been more historical detail. Overall it was a fairly good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story! May 4 2014
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I was enthralled with this story and then it ended! I did not want it to end. Is there a sequel coming? A really uplifting read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read April 30 2014
By justjan
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Enjoyed reading it very much. The story ended too soon though! Can hardly wait to read the sequel to it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Angels Watching Over Me April 23 2014
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This was an enjoyable book. It showed a side of slavery that I always have difficulty understanding. Some of the story I think skipped some logical steps that the girls would have had to follow in order to accomplish their goals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! March 20 2014
By nikki
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A story of what true friendship is all about! What we are truly capable of when we need to be.
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