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Olivia, Mourning (The Olivia Series Book 1) by [Politis, Yael]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Book 1 of the Olivia Series "Historical fiction at its best" -- D.Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
The Olivia series consists of:
Book 1 - Olivia, Mourning (Historical - 1840s)
Book 2 - The Way the World Is (Historical - 1840s)
Book 3 - Whatever Happened to Mourning Free? (Vintage Contemporary -1967 and Historical - 1840s)
The Historical Novel Society has selected Olivia, Mourning as one of its seven Editors' Choice historical novels and nominated it for the 2015 HNS Indie Award.

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Olivia wants the 80 acres in far off Michigan that her father left to whichever of his offspring wants to stake a claim. As Olivia says, “I’m sprung off him just as much as Avis or Tobey.”
The problem: she’s seventeen, female, and it’s 1841.
Mourning Free knows how to run a farm and Olivia has complete trust in him.
The problem: he’s the orphaned son of runaway slaves and reluctant to travel and work with a white girl. He especially fears the slave catchers who patrol the free states, hunting fugitive slaves.
Not without qualms, they set off together. All goes well, despite the drudgery of survival in an isolated log cabin. Incapable of acknowledging her feelings for Mourning, Olivia thinks her biggest problem is her unrequited romantic interest in their young, single neighbor.
Then her world falls apart.
Strong-willed, vulnerable, and compassionate, Olivia is a compelling protagonist on a journey to find a way to do the right thing in a world in which so much is wrong.

About the Author
Yael Politis grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, not far from Olivia’s farm. She spent years researching the backdrop for Olivia’s story, enjoying the challenge of recreating daily life in another time and place. She based many of the details (including how Mourning got his name) on letters and journals passed down through her family, over seven generations of lives lived in the American Midwest. She received a great deal of insight from her sister Martha, who lived in a modern log home, hunted her own land, and was as independent and stubborn as Olivia.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Politis moved to Israel, where she has worked as an agricultural laborer, secretary, librarian, Administrative Systems Analyst, Hebrew-English translator, editor, English teacher, technical writer, and proposal writer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5447 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H0GYRT2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,037 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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As this book was part of an ongoing series, I judged my response at the end of the book by whether I wanted to continue with the story. I found that I wasn't that curious about what would happen to the main characters, which was a pity, because parts of the story were really interesting and quite well-written. For Olivia to have gone through all the trials and tribulations she suffered, then to return ignominiously to her hometown only to have to hide because of her pregnancy.... and then we're left to guess whether the baby was black or white.... and in those times what that would have meant.... I'm afraid by this point I didn't care enough to stay with her.
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This was an excellent read with enough of history, romance, and mystery to keep the reader always guessing what is going to happy next. It was not the typical fictional romance story where woman meets man and then the ending is easily predicted. Some parts of the story were hard to read, but still believable based on other historical books written in that day. The author also provided an excellent lead in to his Book 2 in the series. I enjoyed getting to know both Olivia and Mourning and definitely want to learn more about their lives in the next episode. Thanks for a good read.
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Nice book and interesting story, even though I am not usually a big fan of historical fiction. But the end really makes you want to read book 2!!!
“You can’t change the world. All you can do is look after your little corner of it.”
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Enjoyed the story line overall but didn't like the sexual violence part & found some parts not too realistic but definitely interested in reading the other books in the series to see how love story ends!
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Starts off innocently enough but then takes a tragic, and rather disturbing turn. Looking forward to the next book.
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