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Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips
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Angels Watching Over Me

by Michael Phillips

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I highly recommend this book. The emotions, characters,and subjects portrayed in this fine read excel so many other options out there. I was mesmerized from the moment I began reading until the last page. ( )
  sh2rose | Sep 6, 2016 |
First of series about two southern girls surviving the odds during and after the Civil War. ( )
  Lylee | Apr 3, 2016 |
Set during the Civil War, Angels Watching Over Me, is a story about two young women overcoming their differences and working together to survive.

Mayme is a slave girl and Katie is the daughter of a plantation owner. When they are faced with tragedy, they must rely on each other to make it through each day.

I was very excited to read this book, unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. The story line is good. However, there are a lot of inconsistencies and it jumps around more than I would like. The story is narrated by a much older Mayme. She goes back and forth between her story and Katie's. In the beginning of chapter 11 she even says "I know how it is when you’re trying to keep track of what’s going on, and the storyteller jumps about till you get so confused you can’t tell what happened when." I feel that the book could have started at chapter 11 and it would have worked just fine. There is also quite a bit of dialogue and thoughts being repeated.

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I did not particularly enjoy the portrayal of Katie's character. We are led to believe that she is not very intelligent. On more than one occasion she is put down for not being able to think for herself. But then she magically delivers a baby for a colored girl without any thought or question. And we are given no explanation.



Again, I will say that the main idea of the book is good and I did enjoy the storyline overall. But this is not the style of book that I prefer. I will not be reading the rest of the series. ( )
  BookwormMama14 | Jun 15, 2015 |
This story chronicles the tale of a young black slave girl and a youth white slavemaster's daughter, both orphaned in the post civil war Shenandoah Valley massacre . The black girl, Mary Ann Jukes (known as Mayme) makes her way across the valley to find young Kathleen (Katie) Clairborne alone and frightened and completely unable to take care of herself on her large Rosewood plantation. The two teens bond and begin a journey that will make them defy all the historical prejudices of the south while discovering the reality of two very different worlds. I love the way this book weaves in the tentative musings of two youngsters just beginning to explore a personal faith in the Lord. ( )
  SherylHendrix | Aug 29, 2014 |
Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips (book 1 of 4); (4*)

This book introduces us to (Mayme), freed from slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation, and Katy Clairborne, now the mistress of a plantation in North Carolina. Both of their families were killed in the Massacres during the aftermath of the Civil War. They are two young girls close in age but with very different lives. Mayme was a young slave girl living on a plantation several miles (but light years) away Katy's family's plantation. Through Mayme's experiences the reader is exposed to the everyday life of a young slave and through Katy's experiences we learn about the life of a young girl whose family owns a plantation.
When Mayme's family is killed she hides and when she comes out of hiding everyone, black & white, on the plantation is dead or gone. She buries her family and takes to the woods & trails trying to put as many miles behind her as she can.
After several days she comes upon a plantation house that appears to be deserted. Their are dead folk around but as Mayme is starving she decides to brave going into the plantation house in search of food. When she enters the kitchen she sees a young white girl standing alone. After the shock to both girls she learned that Katy, the white girl is the lone survivor of the massacre. Mayme buries Katy's family also. Katy is still in shock.
This begins the saga of these two young girls who come together despite all of their differences to help & comfort one another. Now they just need to hide the fact that they are there alone from any parties who come along in order to protect themselves.

I highly enjoyed this series of books and recommend them to anyone interested in Civil War fiction &/or good Christian books. ( )
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Book 1 of SHENANDOAH SISTERS. Two young Southern girls, one the daughter of a plantation owner and one the daughter of a slave, barely survive the onset of the Civil War and the loss of both their families. When these tragic circumstances bring them together, they join forces to discover if they can make a life for themselves. As their preconceptions give way to experience, they gradually learn to value their contrasting and complementing strengths and skills as they face the formidable task of keeping body and soul together in the aftermath of this devastating war. But is it possible the Lord they have come to know has something bigger in mind for the plantation than either of them can imagine?

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Two young Southern girls, one the daughter of a plantation owner and one the daughter of a slave, barely survive the onset of the Civil War and the loss of both their families. When these tragic circumstances bring them together, they join forces to discover if they can make a life for themselves. As their preconceptions give way to experience, they gradually learn to value their contrasting and complementing strengths and skills as they face the formidable task of keeping body and soul together in the aftermath of this devastating war. But is it possible the Lord they have come to know has something bigger in mind for the plantation than either of them can imagine?… (more)

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