Olivia, Mourning by Yael Politis Book Summary
Book 1 of the Olivia series
579 Amazon customer reviews. Average rating - 4.4
Books 2 and 3 of the series - The Way the World Is and Whatever Happened to Mourning Free? are available on Amazon.
"Historical fiction at its best!" D. Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Olivia, Mourning has been accepted as a featured selection for Library Journal's curated SELF-e collections.
The Historical Novel Society selected Olivia, Mourning as one of its seven Editors' Choice historical novels and nominated it for the 2015 HNS Indie Award.
2010 YWO Book of the Year
2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Quarter-Finalist
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.
Olivia, Mourning (Yael Politis) Book Reviews
Enjoyable until.......I was thoroughly enjoying this story. I found it to be well written with interesting characters and plenty of unanticipated action. However, when Pocahontas was inserted into the Pilgrims story I was appalled. Pocahontas had nothing to do with the Pilgrim's story. Pocahontas did not even live near Massachusetts, she lived in Virginia. She also had died before the Pilgrims even came over to this country. She was involved with the Jamestown colony and Capt. John Smith. I learned this in grade school. I found this so wrong it ruined the book for me. I am absolutely dumbfounded at this example of poor research..SassafrasTeaScore: 3/5
Olivia, MourningIf you had more stars I would rate it a 10. The story and characters and plot were well done. I did not like the rape scene, but thank goodness the appropriate action was taken. ,Really excellent all around. I am looking foward, to reading all the books in this series. I live In Michigan, and not far from where the cabin was. I also am not far from the University of Michigan. My Great grandfather was at the University of Michigan, when this time line takes place. He lives on an island, belonging to the Indians. The story goes , he bought the Island from an Indian, for a horse with one eye. I should write my own story. A small world..ScoficScore: 5/5
Olivia, mourningLoved the story but I was unhappy not to find the second and third book on iBooks. Amazon it is, but still disappointed..OkinawaDreamingScore: 5/5
Olivia, MourningUnique story & characters, enjoyed very much!.Fan from AZScore: 5/5
Amazing!!!!Loved this book!! Fell in love with Olivia and Mourning!!!.Gabe735Score: 5/5
Olivia, MourningThis riveting book will leave you searching for the next in the series. The beautiful prose, descriptive passages and well written character development all add up to a first class read..PushpushStableScore: 5/5
Olivia,MourningOutstanding, never wanted it to end, I felt part of it and the strength of Olivia, couldn’t put it down and in a minute will be getting book 2. Can’t wait, had there been more than five stars I would had gladly given more!.CathrineSelenaScore: 5/5
Olivia mourningVery interesting book and keep your interest until the end.SõlkTyScore: 5/5
Very entertaining book...did not want to put it down!A defiant & headstrong woman's journey & struggle written realistically & with depth. Olivia & Mourning were characters that I believed existed. Not sure if they did but I could see them in their day to day wrestle with a tough life made harder because of racial & gender injustices, and a constant battle with nature, human & otherwise. Their strength together and apart & their quiet yet fierce respect for each other touched me deeply. But, of course, their story could not have a "happy ever after ending"...my grandmother's story was different but similar..ExealgalScore: 5/5
Olivia, MourningThis is a wonderful, richly written book. My only regret is that it ends on a "cliff hanger" leaving me forced to buy and read to the conclusion..RozinFlotidaScore: 4/5
Historical novel of Detroit MI area around the mid century mark 1800sThis is a trilogy of this family living in the Detroit area in the mid 1800s when it was still quite wild and forested. I got hooked on the story enough that I'm determined to buy the second and third installments just to find out what happens to these folks. The author is from the area also and appears to be a naturalist in some regard which I also find interesting. More about that as I read the sequels..Jdt_sScore: 5/5
Excellent!Compelling story. Could stop reading til the end..Pa biker HossScore: 5/5
Olivia, Mourning5/5 stars. Very well written. Great character building. Engrossing story!.HalsterxScore: 5/5
OLIVIS, MOURNINGLove this book & the way it was written, wish I could read the next one in this series.⭐️⭐️⭐️.KcnjmgScore: 3/5
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Olivia, Mourning was a hot for meIt read like two books. The first half dealt with Olivia moving to a new state as a pioneer woman in the 1840’s USA. The second half of the book takes a turn in a really different direction. I’m very likely to read the rest of the series..Kde44Score: 5/5
Olivia MourningA great read for all of you history buffs. Very enjoyable, interesting characters. Great story!.LazytexterScore: 5/5
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