British Mandate Palestine. Tonia’s father has taken the family to live on an isolated kibbutz south of Jerusalem, where they face backbreaking work, chaos, and the outbreak of war. Tonia does not believe the world will allow the Jews to realize their dream of an independent state and longs to be faraway. Some place where she can build a new life. Some place where she won’t have to check for bombs under her seat in the movie theater and bathe in cups of trucked-in water. She knows she will never love another man the way she loves Amos. But she also knows he will never leave the land in which his family has lived for generations.
“Olivia, Mourning is historical fiction at its best.”
– D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer
Midwest Book Review
Olivia is determined to build a new life, on her own terms.
The problem: she’s seventeen, female, and it’s 1841.
Mourning Free agrees to become her partner, in an endeavor to achieve financial independence for both of them.
The problem: he’s Black, 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.
“… Fans of Olivia, Mourning will find this sequel no less engrossing, with its gritty protagonist … A powerful saga that makes for thoroughly engrossing, compelling historical fiction at its best.”.”
– D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
As she continues to heal and to search for the two people she longs to have as part of her life, Olivia builds new relationships and makes a fresh start in Detroit. She finds consolation in helping fugitive slaves escape over the river to Canada. She believes, as one of her new friends says, ” In this time and place it is the most worthy thing a person can do.”
Whatever Happened to Mourning Free? Book 3 of the Olivia Series
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Book 3 is not a “continuation” of Book 2 in the same sense that Book 2 continues Book1. Book 3 does answer the question asked in its title and provides a narrative account of what happens to Olivia, Mourning, and Little Boy , but for most of the book it skips three generations forward to focus on descendants of the Killion and Free families, who are still struggling with problems that echo those faced by Olivia and Mourning. For a note from the author about Book 3, click here.
It’s 1967 and Charlene Connor has just graduated from U of M, without her “Mrs.” Her mother recently passed away and soon afterwards her father fled the silence to a new start elsewhere. So Charlene is going “home” to an empty house.
Two things make this long, hot summer bearable: Reeves Valenti, the high school sweetheart she left behind, and the African American lawyer who knocks on her door, bringing information about her great-great-great Aunt Olivia Killion. Charlene has always longed to discover what became of Olivia and her friend and partner Mourning Free, but didn’t know that the answers to her questions would bring a new person — and a fundamental change — into her life.