Whatever Happened to Mourning Free?


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Book 3 of the Olivia Series

eBook Whatever Happened to Mourning freeVintage 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
ISBN: 978-1502591524
ASIN:   B00O1B1J6S

Purchase: AMAZON

“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

Book Description

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.

Excerpt – 1967

Excerpt – 1840s

Midwest Book Review
Amazon Customer Reviews
Goodreads Reviews

Olivia’s Paper Dolls
60s Culture (takes a while to load)
Rough Riders’ Michigan
Cranbrook School
The Foundation
– Michigan, Detroit, Dearborn

Cover art by Harriet Goitein
Cover design by Vila Design
Blog header photo by Romel Pineda


4 Responses to Whatever Happened to Mourning Free?

  1. Carol Service says:

    I am soooo looking forward to reading this! Thank you, thank you!


  2. sharon woodward says:

    I can’t wait to read your new book. I have such fond memories of all the characters. Thanks!


  3. Laura j Leslie says:

    I’m so excited to read this next book thanks😃


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