Olivia, Mourning

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Book 1 of the Olivia Series  CLICK FOR FREE DOWNLOAD

COMPRESSED 2 Olivia Mourning

Historical Fiction (USA, 1840s)
List Price: eBook $0.00,  Paperback $12.54
Page Count: 392, Word Count: 132,000
ISBN (retailers other than Amazon): 9781311412225
ISBN (Amazon): 1493652451

“Historical fiction at its best”  Midwest Book Review


Book Description
Forced to live with her brother and the overbearing woman who will soon be his wife, Olivia Killion is determined to gain her independence by inheriting 80 acres in far off Michigan. Her father’s will bequeathed the land to whichever of his offspring would put in a crop and stake a claim to it. As Olivia insists, “I’m sprung off him just as much as Avis or Tobey.”
The problem: she’s seventeen, female, and it’s 1841.
She has a friend who would make a perfect partner for this endeavor. Mourning Free knows how to run a farm, having worked many years for local farmers. More importantly, Olivia has complete trust in him and no fear of a romantic entanglement developing between them. Mourning will put in the crop for her and she will then help him buy land of his own.
The problem: Mourning is black, the orphaned son of runaway slaves, and reluctant to travel and work with a white girl. He especially fears the private agents from the south who patrol the free states, hunting fugitive slaves.
Olivia believes she and Mourning can make their partnership work and 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. Until she is betrayed and violated and 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.



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For Martha

This book had a lot of help from my big sister Martha, who was like no other woman I know. She was extremely social, the “glue” that held family and friends together, and yet chose to spend the last part of her life living in a beautiful but isolated log home. She hunted her own land and was as independent and stubborn as Olivia. She gave to me generously – love, friendship, encouragement, insight, too much fabulous food, and just enough alcohol. I miss her every day.

MarthaMartha Worden and her ten-point buck


Cover photo by Yulia Kazansky
Cover design by Tatiana Villa
Blog header photo by Romel Pineda


61 Responses to Olivia, Mourning

  1. Loved the first 2 in the mourning series!
    “To save one person is to save the world!”
    Danette saved me!
    Michael Condon


    • yaelpolitis says:

      I have no doubt you saved her right back. The URL that came with your comment was intriguing – interesting to read about your solar electrical system. Everyone here by law has to have solar panels for hot water (one thing we’ve got lots of is sunshine). I have heard of some people putting in a lot of panels, maybe something like yours, and they end up selling power to the electric company.


  2. Aurore says:

    I’ m also waiting for your 3rd book as well. Can’t wait!!! 🙂


  3. I loved your 2 Mourning books, couldn’t put them down and am waiting along with many others for the 3rd in that series. Can’t wait!!!


    • yaelpolitis says:

      Thanks Kathy. I will notify you when I publish the next book. It is “finished” but needs editing, proofing, formatting, etc. Will take a month or two. Yael


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