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Angels watching over me
Phillips, Michael R., 1946-
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Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House Publishers, [2003]

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316 pages ; 22 cm.

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Can Two Girls From Different Worlds Survive in a World Turned Upside Down?

Born within a year of each other and in the same North Carolina County, Mayme and Katie had grown up in two separate worlds. Mayme was a member of a slave family, and her future held nothing but slavery and hardship. Katie's future was bright with promise--a Southern family's genteel plantation life surrounded by books and music and culture.

Then came the Emancipation Proclamation and the horrors of a nation at war with itself. By its conclusion, death and destruction had fallen on Katie's Rosewood Plantation home and on Mayme's slave quarters. What would the future bring to them now?

From Michael Phillips, the author of the bestselling SECRETS OF HEATHERSLEIGH HALL series.

Author Notes

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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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved