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.
2009 YWO Book of the Year Award
2012 Eric Hoffer Award for General Fiction, Honorable Mention
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Olivia, Mourning Book 1 of the Olivia Series
“Olivia, Mourning is historical fiction at its best.”
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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.
2013 ABNA (Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award), Quarter=Finalist)
2012 YWO Book of the Year Award
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The Way the World Is
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“… 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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