Books by Yael Politis

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The Lonely Tree
Available in the Amazon Kindle store and in paperback on the publisher’s site.

   ” … you will find not a single dull paragraph in this entire work …”

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.

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Awards
2009 YWO Book of the Year Award
2012 Eric Hoffer Award for General Fiction, Honorable Mention

Reviews  
26 Five-Star Reviews on Amazon
43 Five-Star (4.86) Ratings and 20 Reviews on Goodreads
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Olivia, Mourning  Book 1 of the Olivia Series

Available on Amazon in paperback and in the Kindle Store.

For blog Olivia Mourning

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.

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Awards
2014 Awesome Indies Approved
2013 ABNA  Quarter-Finalist)
2012 YWO Book of the Year

Reviews
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The Way the World Is
Available in the Amazon Kindle Store.Way the World is 1 75

“… 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.”

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290 Responses to Books by Yael Politis

  1. Kati says:

    A friend recommended The Lonely Tree to me. I don’t normally read historical stuff, so I was a little reluctant, but I finally picked it up and had a hard time putting it down. I really loved Tonia and couldn’t wait to find out how things would work out for her. Thanks for a great read. Good luck Yael Politis, I am looking forward to reading your next book. You are a gifted writer, with or without Carpel tunnel!

  2. Dear Yael,

    I just received notification from homeland (Dearborn)sources about your book and have ordered it from Amazon. I read the first few pages on line and was hooked. I’ve recently had a few surprise connections to the past (over 40 years ago) that have been a delight. I’ve lived on the coast of Maine since 1973, so have not been in touch with much from the growing up era. I would never have believed that a small, rural town would be my home.

    Very best wishes,
    Bob Keteyian

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Bob,

      First of all, thanks for the interest, for buying the book, and for taking the time to tell me so.

      However, if you can cancel your order from Amazon, please do so. The books for sale there are used copies of a previous self-published version and the prices ridiculously inflated. The officially published version is available at the publisher’s website – http://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk – at a lower price. They are also currently offering a 20% promotional discount which makes it even cheaper. If you can cancel the order from Amazon and do want to purchase from the publisher, please contact me and I will give you the Promotional Code to enter when ordering.

      If you do like the book and recommend it to anyone else, please also give them this information about ordering it. The publisher is located in London, but books ordered in the US are printed and shipped from the US, and the charge is in US Dollars.

      I can only guess who your ‘source’ is. I am in Michigan at the moment, visiting family, and had the pleasure of meeting Kathy Garab and Bill Rice for lunch. I have only maintained contact with a few people from Dearborn since moving to Israel, but Facebook seems to be changing that.

      Hope you enjoy the book.

      Jan (Yael)

      • yaelpolitis says:

        Hi Bob, I don’t know how else to contact you and wanted to let you know that I have completed a second novel and entered it in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. See the link in the Pages sidebar if you would like to know more about it. Thanks, Yael (Jan)

  3. Elise McCune says:

    Hello Yael
    Thank you for the considered review of the opening chapters of ‘The Perfect Interval’ on uwriteon. I am not sure of the marks you gave me and to be quite honest I don’t care. You have given me something much more valuable than a high mark. Congratulations with your top ten results on uwriteon and also the publication of your book…cheers Elise

  4. Carol Kean says:

    LOVE it, rave-reviewed the story at amazon, and love the other reviews. “Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Review” is hilarious: “I would close the book,” she wrote, “and it would take my brain a fraction of a second to remember that I’m not on a farm in Michigan with these characters. I’m just sitting in my family room. And how long has it been? There’s no way I’ve been reading that long. OMG, my kid just missed the bus!!?? Again???!! …all kidding aside. This book. This author. Phenomenal.”

  5. Patti DeMatteo says:

    Please let me know when, Whatever Happened to Mourning Free is published.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      It will be a while but I will certainly post on my blog and I have added your email to a list of people who have requested. Thanks much for your interest.

      • Jo Galante Cicale says:

        please add me to your list of patiiently-awaiting whatever happened to mourning free readers! so looking forward.

      • yaelpolitis says:

        Thanks Jo. You’re on the list. Yael

      • James Jardine says:

        Please also add me to list of people of people waiting on the third book in the series. Loved the other two.

      • yaelpolitis says:

        Thanks, James. Also for the great review of The Way the World Is on Amazon. I really appreciate you taking the time to do that. There is no better way to help a new author get noticed. Yael

    • Sharon Crute Woodward says:

      I have enjoyed the two Olivia books and must tell you I could not put them down. I am most interested in knowing when book 3 of the series is released. Please don’t make me wait too long.
      Fondly Sharon

      • yaelpolitis says:

        Thanks so much, Sharon. I think I need to disconnect my internet for a while and just write. But then I wouldn’t have the encouragement of hearing from readers like you. Yael

      • sarah grabendike says:

        Pleases add me to your list for the third book Whatever Happened to Morning Free

      • yaelpolitis says:

        I have done so, Sarah. Thank you. Yael

  6. Maureen says:

    Please let me know when the third book is out for the Olivia series ..thankyou….they are great !

    • yaelpolitis says:

      I will make a list and put your name on it.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the books and thank you for taking the time to tell me so.

      Any chance you might feel inclined to say that in a review on Amazon? I hate bugging people, though that seems to be one of the main things that helps an author these days – customer reviews on Amazon. But if you’re not comfortable doing that, feel very free to ignore the request.

      Thanks again,

      Yael

      • Robyn says:

        I would love to be added to the list for the book also! I have so enjoyed reading the first two! I can’t wait to see wat happens with Mourning Free!!!!

      • yaelpolitis says:

        Thanks for letting me know, Robyn. You will definitely hear from me when the next book is available. Yael

  7. Sherrell says:

    Love your books! Could not put them down. My only disappointment is having to wait for the next one.

  8. Carol Service says:

    What an amazing writer you are! I can’t wait for the 3rd book to come out!

  9. Karen clegg says:

    Please let me know when the 3rd book in your Olivia series comes out. How long will it be?

    • yaelpolitis says:

      I have put you on the list. I’m sorry that I can’t tell you how long it will be. I’m working on it but am definitely not one of those writers who can turn out a book in a few months.

  10. Beverly Hunter says:

    Please place me on your notification list also. I can hardly wait for the next Olivia and Mourning Free book. Thanks Beverly Hunter

  11. April says:

    I was hooked after reading Olivia mourning and had to know what happened so I bought the 2nd book and am now on pins and needles wondering if she will ever hold her child again please publish soon I can’t wait!

  12. Gladys Byrne says:

    I loved both of the books could not put them down.I also cannot wait for the third series to come out. I already know it is going to be wonderful.What a great author you are.

  13. Linda Kaye Main says:

    Loved your Olivia books. Can’t wait for Whatever Happened to Mourning Free. Please put me on a list. You are a very gifted author.

  14. Lori Benjamin says:

    What a wonderful find! I just read both Olivia series in 3 days! Please le me know when Mourning’s story comes out. The books were incredible and I did not want them to end. Thank you!

  15. I have enjoyed your books regarding Olivia and want to find out what happened to Mourning. I seldom buy books most of the time I only order free books. I know that sounds very selfish. But I am retired and just can’t afford spending lots of money on books.
    I bought the 2nd book because I had become so found of Olivia and wanted her life to be happy. Now I very concerned about Mourning and Baby Boy. Please add me to your list of people that want to be notified when the book has been completed.
    My heart has been so touched by your writing. Love the people you create.
    Best Regards,
    Sandra

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Selfish? Certainly not. Authors offer their work for free hoping to make readers aware of their existence. (And I am also on a pension and keep my eyes open for free books.) It’s going to be a while before the next book is ready, but I have added your name to the list. I do have another book out, called The Lonely Tree, though it is in an entirely different setting. But if you think you might be interested, the publisher has the price currently discounted to $3.

  16. sheri massey says:

    I just read the last word of The Way the World Is and my jaw literally dropped because I was not ready for it to be over!!! Please say the wait won’t be long!!! Is Mourning married? Why did he leave in the first place? Will Olivia get to hold Little Boy again? Did Luther/Luke really travel to court Olivia? I’ll gladly come help with chores if that would give you more time to write!!!!!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Would you rather haul water or chop wood? I’ll do my best to get it done. Great to hear from you. Gave me a good laugh to start the day.

  17. Barbara Erwin says:

    I loved these books. I am a fan of books set in the 1800s. I cannot wait for the third book. It was so easy to put myself in Olivisa shoes. The first book was purchased from a site called “Bookbub.com” and was free. Second one I purchased from Amazon because I could not wait to continue reading.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      I’m really glad you enjoyed them and sorry the third isn’t there yet. (I am in the middle of writing a blog post about that). I assume you won’t object to me adding your email to a list of people to notify when the next is ready.

  18. Joy says:

    AWESOME books, I read the first one at work in 2 hrs. then couldn’t wait to get home for the internet connection to get the next one. As I am an Amazon Prime member they let me borrow it early this morning and I am almost finished. Hubby will have to wait for his supper. LOL seriously thes are the best books I have read in months and I read at least 1 daily.

  19. Marsha Starr says:

    I loved both books. I read Olivia, Mourning in one day. I then
    ordered The Way the World Is on Kindle, because I could’ wait and I read that also in one day. I was totally mezmorized! I’m glad you haven’t written 15 books. I would have to read them all immediately and would get nothing else done! I can’t wait for Whatever Happened to Mourning Free.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Marsha, I have added your name to the list of people to notify when the next book comes out. I don’t know if you would be interested because it takes place in a totally different setting, but I do have another book available on Amazon called The Lonely Tree. Thanks for your very encouraging message.

  20. Susan says:

    Just finished both Olivia books! Fabulous! Eagerly awaiting the third…. it’s been a while since I’ve been so captivated by a series… Your writing is excellent and I couldn’t put the books down… Thank you…..

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Susan, I will be sure to notify you when the next book is out. Thanks so much for such very encouraging feedback. Yael

  21. Dawn Allison says:

    I loved both of the Olivia books. I too cannot wait for the 3rd book. Please hurry… I will go to Amazon and leave a review. Please add me to the list of people to notify. I read you are writing a blog regarding the 3rd book. How do I follow that?

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Dawn, This is the only blog I have and I don’t write about the books until they are finished. Most of my posts here are about self-publishing. When I started thinking about self-publishing I spent months reading about it and thought I would share my notes with other writers. I was actually hoping that my posts might elicit advice from more experienced writers (you know, comments about things I had gotten wrong). That hasn’t happened, but blogging about the process has helped me put all the information – and my thoughts – in order. I do blog here about any promotions or when a book comes out, so you’re welcome to follow this blog. I have added your name to the list of people to notify when the next Olivia book comes out. Thanks for the great feedback. Yael

  22. Mary says:

    Me too! Me too! I can’t believe the 2nd book ended that way! And it seems she going to ride away and wait for Mourning to come to her! Sign me up. I’m hooked! Thank you for a great story. I’m so sad to have to wait.

  23. Kristy says:

    Please add me to your notification for when the third book comes out. I read the first two in under a week and can’t wait till the 3rd comes out.

  24. really enjoyed olive series. waiting for book 3

  25. Rita Smith says:

    I have spent the last 3 days reading about Olivia and Mourning. Your books
    are wonderful….you are such a gifted writer…amazing talent!
    Please let me know when the third becomes available! And, is there someway you can finally put Olivia, Mourning and Little Boy together? (smile) How happy that would make your readers….especially Me!!!!!

    Rita

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Rita, I added your name to the list. Thanks so much for the kind words. I’ll see what I can do for Olivia. Yael

  26. Lisa Hall says:

    I too thoroughly enjied the firth two Olivia books. Please notify me when the next book is finished
    Thank you for the wonderful journey.

  27. jo ann marchese says:

    Just finished the second book. Really enjoyed both of them. Please let me know when the third book is finished. Thanks! Jo Ann

  28. karen Daniel says:

    Please notify me of the next book in Olivia series.

  29. Linda Haynes says:

    I’ve read book one and two of the Olivia series and loved both of them. Please put me on your list to notify me when book three comes out. You’re a fantastic author, and I’m so excited I found you.

  30. Patti Miller says:

    I loved the first Olivia book and plan to order the second one and The Lonely Tree tomorrow. Please put me on the list to be notified when the third book is available. A review on Amazon will appear soon. You should be aware, though, I only review books that get a 5 star rating from me. I had to keep checking my hands to see if there were blisters from chopping wood and hauling water–you really put me in Michigan in 1841. Thank you!

  31. Kim Feuerbacher says:

    Just finished book 1 & 2 of the Olivia Series and I was swept away. Please add me to your email list for notification of book 3. I am anxiously waiting.

  32. lilian hitchcock says:

    Please let me know when book 3 is out
    l

  33. Pat O. says:

    Great books, can!t wait for the next one. Was unable to put them down

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Pat. I’ll let you know when the next one is ready. Yael

      • Janet Wilkie says:

        Please add me to your list and let me know when the third book in the Olivia Series is released…I’m on the edge go my seat waiting!

      • yaelpolitis says:

        You’re on the list, Janet. Hope you won’t be disappointed. Yael

      • Phyllis Rowe says:

        Dear Yael,

        Dear Yael,

        In several of your replies, you have said you hope we will not be disappointed with your third “Olivia, Mourning” book. I wanted you to know that your writing history speaks for itself. The first two books had superb dialogue and narrative, painting a picture of the life and interactions of wonderful characters. The respectful way in which you have Olivis and Mourning relate serves as a model of civility. I’m sure we all have no doubt that your third book in the series will follow suite. Sincerely, Phyllis Rowe

  34. Shirley Lollar says:

    Please let me know when Wharever Happened to Morning Free I a available. Enjoyed the first two books very much.

  35. Kassie Welch says:

    Please let me know when what happened t mourning free is available for kindle.

  36. Carol Ann Weston says:

    I love your books! Am going back to Amazon to review and cannot wait for the next in the Olivia series. Please let me know when it’s ready.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Carol, that would be great. Reviews are the best thing you can do for a new writer. I appreciate it. Yael

  37. Tammy rishel says:

    When will the whatever happen to mourning free book come out?

  38. I loved both of your books.l have spent most of four days and nights reading.Not many books can keep me up until 3 or 4a.m trying to finish a book.You made me feel that I was right there with Olivia.I can,t wait for the next book.Please put me on the list .As soon as I finished the first one I had to get the second book.Please hurry with the third in your series.You are a fantastic writer.Marilyn

  39. Tanya _Puig says:

    I read both books in the Olivia series this week and can’t wait to find out what happened to Mourning! I’ve also downloaded The Lonely Tree on my Kindle and plan to read it this weekend. Please let me know when the 3rd Olivia book is released.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Great to hear from you, Tanya. I hope you will enjoy The Lonely Tree, though it is quite different from the Olivia books. Also a strong-willed young heroine but in completely different circumstances. I will notify you when the next book is finished. Yael

  40. Brenda Barksdale says:

    Dear Yael, thank you so much for the wonderful books you wrote in the Olivia series. I loved them and had a hard time putting them down. I can’t wait to see what happens to Olivia and if she will have any future contact with Mourning and Little Boy. I will be sure to post a review on Amazon. Please keep me posted on the next book in the series. Thank you!

    Regards,
    Brenda

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Brenda, thanks so much for your feedback, and reviews on Amazon are really the best way to support an author. I will notify you when I finish the next book. Yael

  41. Dotty says:

    Whatever happened to Mourning Free

  42. Jean says:

    I absolutely enjoyed Olivia, Mourning and The Way the World is. I can’t wait until the third book comes out!

  43. Cindy says:

    I lived the first 2 books of Olivia and Mourning Free. I would like to be notified when book 3 is out.

  44. Denise Donohue says:

    I downloaded Olivia, Mourning on my kindle. Was hooked instantly!!! I had to read the second immediately. I have enjoyed both tremendously!!! Can you please notify me when book 3 comes out? I’m curious about what happens to the characters. I never leave reviews on Amazon about the books I read. This time I will. Your books are a must read for everyone!!!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you, Denise, both for taking the time to leave this message and for reviewing the books on Amazon. I really appreciate the help and it’s great to hear from enthusiastic readers. I will notify you about the next book. Yael

  45. Madge says:

    Please notify me when the third book about mourning free comes out
    Thanks
    Madge

  46. Libby says:

    I just wanted to tell you how much I loved your books in the Olivia series. I started to read the first one and was kind of having a hard time with it. I had just finished another series and was still thinking about it. When I read a series and then finish, it’s kind of like saying goodby to one of my children knowing I won’t see them for a few months. I get that sudden lonely feeling. I guess I get into the books and am sad it is done. I got into your books and guess I didn’t know there would be three books. Hope it will be coming soon.

  47. Carolyn Conlee says:

    I have just finished the second book of your Olivia series and searched all over for the third, but to my dismay found it wasn’t out yet. My family is glad I came up for air after reading the first and second non-stop. What marvelous stories. Please let me know as soon as we can find out what happened to Mourning Free!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Carolyn – it’s so good to hear from readers like you. Your name is on the list for the next one. Yael

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Carolyn – it’s so good to hear from readers like you. Your name is on the list for the next one. Yael

  48. Gaylean C. Chambers says:

    Gaylean Chambers 2/8/2014
    I really enjoyed both of the “Olivia” books and look forward to the 3rd one. I was able to immerse myself in the story and lived the story. Thank you for sharing a marvelous talent!

  49. Judy Reutebuch says:

    Please put me on your list for the third book in the Olivia series. I loved the first two. I too was unprepared for the end of book two. Judy

  50. Debbie Walley says:

    I just finished the second book of the Olivia series and really enjoyed it. Please put me on your notification list for the next book. I love a good story and can hardly wait to see what happens next.

  51. sandie murray says:

    Please add me to the list as well. Just finished the second Olivia book and missing them already. Thank you!

  52. Nancy Dehaemers says:

    Please add me to the list I need to know what happened to Mourning Free

  53. Tina says:

    I have really enjoyed reading, “The Olivia series”. I would like to know when book 3, “Whatever Happened to Mourning Free” will be available in the Amazon Kindle store.

  54. Mary John says:

    It is so refreshing to find books by an author who can really write. I got Olivia, Mourning though Bookbud (Free, thanks) Loved it, so bought The Way the World Is and The Lonely Tree, 3 well written great stories. Am looking forward to Mourning Free. Have you considered writing an autobiography?

  55. Anne says:

    Am so anxious to read “Whatever Happened to Mourning Free.” When might it be out?
    Great books, great reads, thanks for a very interesting insight into the history of that period of time.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you, Anne. I’ve just started writing it, so can’t give you a time frame. But I will let you know when it’s out. Yael

  56. Ptomberlin@ att.net says:

    I too enjoyed your Olivia series. Cannot wait for your third book. Please put me on this waiting list as well. Bravo…..to a well written story. You really bring your characters to life. You are a very talented writer.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks so much. It’s fabulous that so many readers are waiting for the next book. And intimidating. I hope I don’t disappoint. Yael

  57. Sharon says:

    Please put my name on your list for Mourning Free. I enjoyed the first two very much!

  58. Phyllis Masek says:

    I too loved both of your Olivia books. I could not put the books down. I cannot wait for Mourning’s book. You were born to write great books. Please let me know when the next book is ready.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Phyllis. I admit to being a bit stunned by the warm response the Olivia books have received. I will tell you when the next is out. I do have another book available, my first – The Lonely Tree – which is set in an entirely different time and place. Yael

  59. Phyllis Rowe says:

    Dear Ms. Politis,

    My heartfelt THANK YOU for the beautiful story about Olivia and Mourning Free and their acquaintances! To read such a poignant story about equality, mutual respect, and actions taken to operationalize those concepts fills my soul. I can’t wait to read the final installment, Whatever Happened to Mourning Free, of Olivia and Mourning Free’s story.

    By the way, I don’t think you need to apologize for releasing the first two books before the last was completed. Such beautiful prose as you write requires time and thought. Besides, what about the Harry Potter series? Those books were released one at a time.

    I’m happy that you have persevered in your writing. I hope as time goes on that your gift for creative expression will be more widely recognized.

    Sincerely, Phyllis Rowe

    P.S. I wrote a review today of “The Way the World Is” under the name Arnold Rowe, as the Amazon account is in his name.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Dear Phyllis, I can’t thank you enough for the encouragement. We labor away alone and it’s so good to hear that our words have touched others. And thank you for the lovely review. Yael

  60. Dottie says:

    I loved these two “Olivia” books and look forward to your next book about Mourning. Please let me know when it is publisbed. Thank-you!

  61. janet upchurch says:

    Hello: I,, love your books. please let me know when the #3 comes out. you are certainly blessed with talent, my dear.

    thank you
    janet upchurch

  62. Just finished reading the first 2 Olivia books & enjoyed them so much. I too would like to know when the 3rd book is out. Thank you for such an enjoyable read.

  63. Dale says:

    Loved both of the Olivia series books and hope the third book will be out soon. Would like to be notify when it is out.

  64. Carol Service says:

    Read both Olivia books and the Lonely Tree. Excellent! All 3 of them. I will buy and read anything that you write and publish. Looking forward to book 3, but whenever it comes out, I know it will be worth the wait.
    As they say in Hawaii…Imua! Go forth and never falter… :-)

  65. Rachael says:

    I absolutely loved all threw of your books! I cannot wait to read your next. Being from southeast Michigan, I was especially hooked to the Olivia books.. I love envisioning how Michigan was when it was first established and I felt like your Olivia books painted a great picture of that. Wonderfully work!

  66. Margaret Johnston says:

    Loved the story of Olivia and Mourning and looking forward to the next book. Please put me on the list. Wonderful story!!

  67. Kathy says:

    Ms. Politis,
    What a gift you have given us with your amazing talent! I have fallen in love with Olivia’s story and can’t wait for the third book. Please put me on the list. Your portrayal of how life was during this time period is simply fascinating – I couldn’t put either book down these past few days! I would love to know what really happened to the Stubblefield’s – I’m glad Olivia didn’t have to take care of them herself but I’m so curious to find out the truth. I am imagining all different scenarios in which Mourning had a hand in it but had to flee before seeing Olivia… I hope we are enlightened in book three. Thank you for this wonderful story! I am going to start The Lonely Tree today :-)
    Regards,
    Kathy

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you, Kathy, for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I’s so pleased to hear from readers who enjoy the books and hope you will also enjoy The Lonely Tree. All the best, Yael

  68. Linda Barlow says:

    I have absolutely loved your Olivia series!!!! Please let me know when we can find out about Mourning!!!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful writings!!!!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Many thanks, Linda. I will let you know when the next book is available. Yael

      By the way, Linda and any other readers who notice this reply, I would be interested in knowing how you heard about the Olivia series – BookBub, BookGorilla, Facebook, website that advertises promotions, browsing on Amazon, or from a friend. If you have the time, I would appreciate a mail with something like “How I Heard” in the subject to poliyael@gmail.com. I will NOT be replying to any of those mails, so thanks in advance to anyone who finds the time to share that information with me, helping me know how best to reach my readers. Thanks, Yael

  69. Tammy says:

    I LOVED Olivia, Mourning & The Way the World is!!!! I couldn’t put them down! My husband is glad I’m through them…. However, I can’t wait until book 3! Please keep me posted to it’s availabilty! Fabulous story!

  70. Carol Willcox says:

    Wonderful story! I am really looking forward to the next book about Olivia and Mourning. Please let me know when it is ready

  71. Debbie miller says:

    Just finished the way the world is . Such amazing books 1 st. and this one .very captivating can’t wait , hope there is a 3rd Debbie

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks for your feedback Debbie. There will definitely be a third but unfortunately for me it is a slow process so I can’t tell you when. But I will let you know. Yael

  72. Angie says:

    Please, please let me know when the 3rd book of Olivia series is out. I love the story!

  73. Jan says:

    I can’t wait to keep reading about Olivia and Mourning!

  74. Monica says:

    Please let me know when, Whatever Happened to Mourning Free is published. I loved the first 2 books!

  75. Arlene says:

    Please add me to your notification list for Whatever Happened to Mourning Free. I am in love with this series!

  76. Mary Tarter says:

    Please notify me when Whatever Happened to Mourning Free is released; I didn’t realize it had not been released yet and went online to buy it. What a disappointment, I just wanted to keep reading…..Loved the first two and also The Lonely Tree which was the first one of your books that I read. Keep writing, I am anxiously awaiting more……….Thank you

  77. Betty says:

    Please add me to you list to notify when “Whatever Happened to Mourning Free” is published. I have enjoyed the series.

  78. peggy cadwell says:

    Just finished book 2 and cant wait to read book 3. Add me to your list please

  79. Vicky says:

    Please add me to your list for Whatever Happened to Mourning Free. I loved the series and can’t wait for more. I couldn’t put the stories down. Thank you so much in advance.

  80. fallan says:

    Can you please put my name on the list for what ever happened to mourning free. I love the books and can’t wait to read the third one hopefully soon :)

  81. Ann W says:

    I would also like to add that I thoroughly loved the first two books in the Olivia series. When reading I try to imagine myself at that time and what I would do. I only hope I would be as brave as Olivia has been. I look forward to the next book when it is completed. Please add me to your lengthy list of those who want to know when it is available. Thanks for writing such great books.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you Ann, for taking the time to give me your feedback. I will be sure to let you know when the next book is out. Yael

  82. Marietta says:

    I am so waiting for the third book in the mourning free series….please let me know when…absolutely loved these books.

  83. Sherry says:

    Loved both Olivia books! Even when I had to interrupt reading, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I got the first one free from Bookbub and bought the second from Amazon. I normally don’t write reviews but for you I will because this series leaves me wishing I had discovered them after they were all completed and available! That’s a good thing because I don’t always feel the need to purchase a series just because I read the first one. These deserved it. Congratulations on excellent storytelling. It was very realistic. My heart ached for her. And Thanks for adding me to the waiting list!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you Sherry for your warm response and reply as to where you heard of the books. I will let you know as soon as I finish the next one. Yael

  84. Twilla Runyon says:

    Loved both Olivia books, please add my name to the list for updates about the release of the third book.

  85. Marci Jenkins says:

    Love the Olivia books. Couldn’t wait to get things done so I could settle down and just read!
    It is so well written I could envision myself in that little cabin trying to make a life. I know I could have never done it. Way to hard. (We are so spoiled)!
    Can’t wait to read the next book. Please put my e-mail address on the list to receive advance news.
    Stay well.

  86. Heather says:

    I really enjoyed both Olivia, Mourning and The Way The World Is! I’m anxiously awaiting the final book in the series. Please add me to your list.

  87. Joan Hattan says:

    Please let me know when the next book of the Olivia series is completed. I so enjoyed the first two books, couldn’t put them down.

  88. Darlene says:

    Please let me know when your 3rd book is published. Couldn’t put them down.

  89. holly says:

    I really enjoyed reading the Olivia books and I am looking forward to reading the 3rd when it is published.

  90. Carole Stern says:

    I couldn’t stop reading about Olivia. I have read the endind of The Way the World Is a million times. You are a truly gifted writer, thank you for sharing your gift. I just can’t wait for Whatever Happened to Mourning Free to come out. Please let me know!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Carole, Thanks so much for taking the time to give me your feedback. I will let you know when the next book is out. Yael

  91. Gennie Greever says:

    Please put me on you list for the 3rd book in the Olivia/Mourning series. I just finished book 2 today and am bummed that I will have to wait and find out more about Mourning Free. I read the 1st two books back to back and enjoyed them immensly

  92. Pam says:

    I’ve just finished reading the first 2 books in the Olivia series and can’t wait for the third one. Please put me on the list so I can enjoy it as soon as possible.

  93. Sondra Johnson says:

    Just finished the 2nd book of the Olivia/Mourning series. Can’t wait for book 3 to come out. Please inform me when it is published

    • yaelpolitis says:

      I’ll let you know when it’s available. Great to know there are people wanting to read it. Hope it won’t disappoint. Yael

  94. michelle tinley says:

    Please add me to your list Whatever Happened to Mourning Free – I love the first two ♥ Thanks so much

  95. Sandy says:

    I just finished the 2nd book of Olivia/Mourning series. I absolutely was spellbound by it. I cannot wait for the 3rd book to come out so I can find out what happens with Olivia and Mourning, and of course Little Boy. Please put me on your mailing list to receive an email when the 3rd book is published. I will leave a review on Amazon about these wonderful books. Please hurry with the next one. I just can’t wait!!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Sandy, thanks so much for taking the time to write with that very encouraging feedback. I am still working on the third — and trying very hard not to rush the process despite all you wonderful readers. I’d rather keep you waiting a bit longer than disappoint you terribly. Yael

  96. Heather says:

    Please add me to the list of eager readers awaiting the release of your third book in the Olivia series!

  97. Rose Eckley says:

    I read Olivia, Mourning today, and was so caught up in not knowing what the outcome of her labor/delivery would be that I ordered The Way The World Is, and finished it in one sitting…it is now midnight! I not only enjoyed Olivia and Mourning’s story, but also the glimpses into Jewish customs, and the horrific and often dangerous risks involved in the Underground Railroad. Please add me to your list to be notified when the 3rd (final?) book is available. Oh, in answer to your request in an earlier entry, I found the 1st book on BookBub, and ordered the 2nd on Amazon. I plan to order The Lonely Tree tomorrow. Right now I am going to enter a glorious review of your books, and take my tired eyes to bed. Thank you so much for this delightful series!!!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you so much Rose for your wonderful feedback. And for writing reviews on Amazon. That is really the most helpful thing a reader can do for a writer today and I appreciate it. You are on the list and will know when book 3 is ready. Have a great weekend. Yael

  98. Butch Judd says:

    Would like to be notified by email when “Whatever Happened to Mourning Free is available.

  99. Kathy says:

    Loved the first two Olivia books, please send me an email when the third book is out. Thanks, Kathy

  100. Allen Mannies says:

    Looking forward to notification of “Whatever happened to Mourning Free”. Great writing.

  101. Christie Miller says:

    I’d love to be added to your list of readers waiting to hear more about Mourning! I just submitted my review of “The Way the World Is” to Amazon and hope more and more people will hear about and read your books.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you Christie, I so appreciate the support of readers like you. I’ll let you know when the next book is available. Yael

  102. LD Hunter says:

    I found the Olive Mouring book by accident on Kindle. But after the first few pages I was totaly hooked. I stayed up long after my bed time to see what happened next. Woke up early to finish the rest. The second book was just as addicting. I have already recommended these books to several people. My nights will be long and unsatisfying untill the third book comes out. Bravo, I loved theses books!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you LD. The support you readers are giving me – reviews and recommending the books to friends – is amazing. I can’t thank you enough. I’ll let you know when the next book is available. Yael

  103. Ronda McCarrick says:

    please add me to your list when the third book is finished i so enjoyed your first 2 books.

  104. Colleen says:

    Love your books! Can’t wait for book three in the Olivia series !!!!

  105. Laurie says:

    Just finished reading the Olivia series! Loved them!!! Please, please hurry and publish the next one.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks so much for writing, Laurie. I’ll let you know when the next one is available. Yael

      • Carolyn says:

        When I finished the first two books of the Olivia series I couldn’t even read anything else for over two weeks. The characters in those stories were so alive to me that I just didn’t want to let them go. Can’t wait to read “the rest of the story”.

      • yaelpolitis says:

        Thanks so much Carolyn. It’s wonderful to hear that someone was so moved by the story. I will let you know when the next book is available. Yael

  106. Linda says:

    Please add me to that long list of people waiting for the 3rd book in the Olivia series. Found the first on my Good Reads list and finished it lickity-split and ordered the second immediately. I read them both in 3 days. Now, I just have to wait and hope I can read something so enjoyable in the meantime.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Linda, I’m really glad that you enjoyed them so much. Hope you won’t be disappointed in the next. I will let you know when I’ve finished it. Yael

  107. Sheila Stepp says:

    Keep the books coming! I read both in the Olivia series and will wait impatiently for the next. I can’t wait to find out what happened to Mourning, why he left and how Olivia and Mouring will fair. Thank for writing such enjoyable books.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you, Sheila, for your feedback. I’ll be sure to let you know when I finish the next book. Yael

  108. Mindy Runyan says:

    I hope this blog is still being tracked. I’ve recently finished both the Olivia books, and have recommended them to friends. I can’t find where to follow the blog, to know when new books in the series are released. Please help?

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Mindy,
      On any of the pages of my blog, on the right-hand side, beneath the frame with the picture of me, is another frame labeled Follow Blog Via Email. Click the Follow button and fill in your email address. (Of course, then you will get mails of ALL my posts, many of which are of interest only to other self-publishing authors). I have added you to my list of readers who have contacted me and whom I will notify, but in case my computer crashes etc. you can either follow the blog or on Amazon, on any of my book pages, click on my name, then on Visit Yael Politis’ Author Page, and then on Stay Up To Date.
      Thanks much for recommending my books.
      Yael

      • Mindy Runyan says:

        thank you. I am on my PC now, but I was on my phone before, and those links were not available there. Thank you.

  109. Carol J. says:

    Please add my name to your list regarding book 3 of the series. Historical fiction is my favorite genre since you get to learn about a time period while enjoying a good yarn! Also I’d like to recommend your books to our local library. Are they in print or only digital?

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Carol,
      Thanks so much.
      Currently only Olivia, Mourning is available in paperback. I didn’t want to incur the expense of publishing The Way the World Is in paperback unless a minimum of 20 copies of Olivia, Mourning sells in paperback. So far that hasn’t happened. People only seem to purchase eBooks by unknown authors like myself. If the second book does become available in paperback I will let you know.
      Yael

  110. Virginia hunt says:

    Please put me on the list 4 the next mourning book thanks..Virginia

  111. Peggy Andrews says:

    I ejoyed both books very very much. Couldn’t put them. Can’t wait for book 4.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Peggy. I’ll let you know when the next book is available. Your email appears in the comment with an “I” at the end, but I’m assuming that’s a typo and adding you to the list of people to notify without that addition. Thanks for your feedback. Yael

  112. Kathleen Micou says:

    Thank you for sharing the Olivia and Mourning story with us so beautifully. My heart bled and died along with Olivia in her losses and her recovery afterwards

    BookBub #1
    Amazon #2

    Kathleen

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you, Kathleen. I will let you know when the 3rd book is available and hope it will not be a disappointment. Yael

  113. Donna says:

    Absolutely loved the first two books of the Olivia series-read both in just a matter of days, highly recommended them to my friends and now anxiously await for the third book to be published! I’ve fallen in love with the characters. My great grandfather was a mulatto slave in Georgia in the 1800′s who never reconnected with his mother or brothers after the Civil War.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Donna, I really appreciate your feedback. I gripe a lot about the ‘virtual’ nature of much social life today, but writing about this period and the circumstances people were forced into taught me to appreciate the connectivity we enjoy today, unlike those in the past who could so easily lose contact with one another forever. I will let you know when the next book is available. Thanks for your support. Yael

  114. Drema says:

    Just finished your second Olivia book and I am anxious to read the third. Please put me on your list to be notified. Love the book. Love the character of Olivia and the way she sorts out her self doubt. I can relate.

  115. Fern says:

    Hi Yael,
    I JUST finished the second Olivia book and am so sad that I don’t have the 3rd at the ready to read. Your books take me out of my everyday life and let me lose myself in the stories. They are just what I need to reduce stress and they give me such enjoyment. Whenever I came to a stopping point in reading (more like a “have to tear myself away and get back to life point”) I found myself much more able to deal with life’s issues because I had such a wonderful break. Thank you for your beautiful writing; you truly gave me a gift with your books.

    Please let me know when the next Olivia book is ready for downloading to my kindle.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Fern, What a lovely message. I love it that the books are selling a bit, but being told that they are bringing enjoyment to readers is even better. I am working every day and will tell you when the next book is out. I don’t know if you would be interested – since it takes place in an entirely different time and place (British Mandate Palestine and Israel 1934-1967) – but I have published one other novel – The Lonely Tree. Thanks for taking the time to give me your feedback. I appreciate it. Yael

  116. Virginia Sergjides says:

    What a good idea to offer Olivia, Mourning free on Amazon, I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next, so of course, had to buy the next book! I finished The Way the World Is just now and can’t wait for the next one, please add me to the list to notify when it is published.
    Also, I had a short visit in Israel last fall, I can see how you could transplant yourself there, a wonderful country.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Dear Virginia, I will certainly notify you when the next book is available. Your comment about Israel is refreshing. Most people look at me like I’m crazy, but I have never regretted making my life here. You may not know that I have published a novel that takes place in British Mandate Palestine and Israel – 1934-1967 – that perhaps would interest you. Thank you for taking the time to give me your feedback. It is very welcome. Yael

      • Virginia Sergjides says:

        Bought it yesterday, I am finding it as interesting as Olivia’ s story!

  117. Jackie D says:

    Hello Yael,
    I so enjoyed both Olivia books!! I usualy read one book after another and they seem to run together. After finishing “The Way The World Is”, and searching unsuccessfully for the next book, I couldn’t bring myself to start any other book right away. Your books put me into their lives and it was hard to leave. That feeling is what I’ve read for since I was a child and I love when I experience it.
    Thank you! I am really looking forward to “Whatever Happened to Mourning Free”.
    Jackie

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thank you Jackie. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience of reading Olivia’s story. I will let you know when the third book is published. I have published another novel – though in an entirely different setting – called The Lonely Tree. Thanks for the feedback. Yael

  118. Marty B says:

    Please put me on the list for the publication of “Whatever Happened to Mourning Free”. I so enjoyed the first 2 volumes and can’t wait for the next one. Please make it soon!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Marty, Can’t really rush writing a book, but I’m doing my best. Glad you liked the first two. You are on the list for the next. Have a great week. Yael

  119. Karen says:

    Would like to be added to the list! Can’t wait for the third book in your “Olivia” series. Excellent story!!!!

  120. Melissa Cloutier says:

    Loved the Olivia books and would also like to know when the third one comes out! Could not put either one down till I finished them!

  121. Annette Henry says:

    Please let me know when the next Olivia book is published. I’m hooked!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      I’ve added your email to the list, Annette. Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed the first two. Yael

  122. Patricia Woolf says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed your Olivia books, and anxiously await the next one. Please add me to your list. In the meantime I will read (and surely enjoy) The Lonely Tree.

  123. Daryla says:

    I loved the “Olivia” series. Please let me know when the next one is finished. I cannot wait to hear more about Mourning Free and what he has been up to.

  124. Miranda Christopher says:

    My mom and I both finished the first two books in the Olivia series and we both thought they were amazing! Anxiously awaiting the next one. Please let me know when the book is available. Hope its soon!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Miranda, to you and your mom, for taking a chance on an unknown author. I know that even when you get a book free it’s an investment of time and I’m grateful to all you readers. I will have the next book ready as soon as I can, but a writer never knows when they’re going to throw up their hands and say “I’ve got this all wrong” and start rewriting. But I will let you know as soon as I publish it. Yael

  125. Joan Mabrey says:

    I have just finished book # 2 and anxiously await the publication of #3. Like so many others, I could not put either book down for long. I plan to loan the first one to my daughter and I know she will also become a fan. Please let me know when the next book is published.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Joan, Thanks so much for writing. I hope your daughter will also enjoy the books. I will definitely let you know when the next one is published. Yael

  126. Sandra E says:

    Dear Yeal, like so many others I have searched book#3 out and felt like I had just been left there with Olivia in the yard. I’m going crazy waiting to find out what will happen to Mourning, Olivia, and the baby. Along with everyone else. Please, please, please put a rush on book three. I don’t want the excitement to fad away. Do you have at least three or four chapters ready so we the readers can get just a little peep of what to expect?

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Sorry, Sandra. I do have more than 3 or 4 chapters written, but there’s no guarantee that before I get to the end I won’t decide to make a lot of changes to them. So I don’t want to put anything out there until I am happy with the entire story. I will be sure to let you know when I have finished. I’m glad you enjoyed the first two so much. Perhaps enough to reread them when book 3 is out? Yael

  127. Sandy says:

    Please let me know as soon as “Whatever Happened To Morning Free is published. I, too, read these both in 3 1/2 days. So disappointed I can’t keep going! Thank you.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      My thanks to you Sandy. I love hearing from readers. I will let you know when I publish the next book and hope it won’t be too long. Yael

  128. lucyjazz says:

    I have just read Olivia,Mourning and The Way The World Is, back to back. Having been born in Detroit, is what originally made me want to read them. The characters and content made the reading so enjoyable. I am impatiently waiting for the third installment.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Lucy (or is it Lynne), Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m always glad to hear from Michiganders. I will let you know when the next book is available. Yael

  129. Karen Jernigan says:

    I loved Olivia, Mourning and The Way the World is. Please let me know when the next book in the series is released!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Karen, It’s really good to hear that you enjoyed the books. I will be sure to let you know when I publish the next one. Yael

  130. Gina Kelly says:

    Wow! Really enjoyed your Olivia books! Can you let me know when book 3 is out?

  131. Ann Williams says:

    I would like to know when the third book in the Olivia series is out. I have enjoyed all of your books. Thanks, Ann

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Hi Ann, My thanks to you. I will certainly let you know when I publish the next book. Have a great weekend. Yael

  132. Brenda says:

    Very good series … Pl let me know when the 3rd book is out. Thank you.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks, Brenda. Great to hear from you. I will definitely let you know when I finish the next book. Yael

  133. Georgiasm1@yahoo.com says:

    Please send me notification of 3rd Olivia book when released. Loved the first two !

  134. dillon says:

    Please inform me when the third book comes out on the Olivia series

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Dillon, I will be more than happy to let you know when I publish the next book in the series. Thanks for the interest. Yael

  135. Laura Poulosky says:

    I just finished _The Way the World Is_ and liked it a lot. Now I’m looking forward to _Whatever Happened to Mourning Free_? Please let me know once it’s available. Thank you!

  136. Susan Roberts says:

    I finished the 2nd book of Olivia and Mourning at 4:00 this morning. I am an avid reader and this is the first time in many years that I have become so bound to the characters. Thank you for such a great story! I would like to know when the 3rd book comes out.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      That you so much for contacting me with your feedback. Most appreciated. I will be sure to let you know when I publish the next. Yael

  137. Jane hewitt says:

    I got the first book free on bookbub and loved it so much I bought the second I can’ wait for the next book to find out what happens to Olivia and mourning you are an incredible writer and I know the next book will be worth the wait please let me know when it is available thanks

    • yaelpolitis says:

      Jane, thank you. Writers need that kind of encouragement. I certainly will tell you when I finish the next book. Yael

  138. Deb says:

    Anxiously awaiting for the 3rd book!

  139. kay stinnety says:

    Hurry and finish the third book please!!!!

    • yaelpolitis says:

      I’m sorry to keep you waiting. But glad you are anxious to read it! Will let you know when I publish. Yael

  140. Brenda Finley says:

    Love your first two Olivia books! Please let me know when the third one is published.

    • yaelpolitis says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed them, Brenda. I will certainly let you know when I publish the next. Many thanks, Yael

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