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Book 3 of the Olivia Series
Vintage Contemporary Fiction (USA, Dearborn, 1967)
Historical Fiction (USA, Detroit, 1840s)
Women’s Historical Fiction
List Price: eBook $5.99, Paperback $12.82
Page Count: 451 Word Count: 148,000
“What every good series title should be: a stand-alone read that smoothly connects past events with present-day decisions, and a fitting addition that both enhances the overall series and stands firmly on its own two feet. Its ability to immerse newcomers and old fans alike is exceptional” Midwest Book Review
Included in Library Journal’s SELF-e collections.
Note from the Author
Book 3 answers the question asked in its title and provides a narrative account of what happened to Olivia, Mourning, and Little Boy, but it is not a continuation of Book 2 in the same sense that Book 2 continues Book 1. Whatever Happened to Mourning Free? skips forward three generations and focuses on descendants of the Killion and Free families, who still face many of the problems that Olivia and Mourning contended with. Readers who are impatient to find out what happened to Olivia and Mourning can feel free to skip ahead to that section, and then come back to Charlene. Just search for the following text: Detroit, Michigan – May 24, 1843
It’s 1967 and Charlene Connor has just graduated from the University of Michigan, without her “Mrs.” Her mother recently passed away and soon afterwards her father fled the silence to a new job on the other side of the state. So Charlene is going “home” to what is now an empty house.
Two things make this long, hot summer bearable: Reeves Valenti – the high school sweetheart she left behind and the lawyer who unexpectedly knocks on her door, bringing her information about the woman she idolizes – her great-great-great Aunt Olivia Killion. Charlene can’t wait to get Olivia’s journals from him and finally learn what happened to Olivia and her friend and partner Mourning Free; she doesn’t know that the answer to that question will deepen the connection she feels to Olivia — and bring a new person — and a fundamental change — into her life.