Olivia, Mourning
Olivia, Mourning: Book 1 of the Olivia Series (Volume 1)
Olivia, Mourning
Book 1 of the Olivia Series Historical Fiction (USA, 1840s)Midwest Book Reviewbr>"Olivia, Mourning is historical fiction at its best ... Expect no easy conclusions to Book 1: it’s all about transition points and leaves the door open for further journeys with Olivia. Readers interested in historical fiction with a healthy dose of romance will find Olivia, Mourning a compelling, gripping saga that deliciously wraps what could be predictable elements in a cloak of many choices. It’s all about options and consequences – and is a heartfelt story especially recommended for readers who enjoy headstrong protagonists tasked with making their own way in the world."Read the entire review at the author's blog:yaelpolitis.wordpress.com/olivias-book/midwest-book-review-olivia-mourning/DescriptionOlivia wants the 80 acres in far off Michigan that her father left to whichever of his offspring wants to stake a claim. As Olivia says, “I’m sprung off him just as much as Avis or Tobey.”The problem: she’s seventeen, female, and it’s 1841.Mourning Free knows how to run a farm and Olivia has complete trust in him. The problem: he’s Black, the orphaned son of runaway slaves, and reluctant to travel and work with a white girl. He especially fears the slave catchers who patrol the free states, hunting fugitive slaves.Not without qualms, 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. Then 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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Genre: 

  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Olivia inherits her father's land and is determined to work it effectively. She insists her childhood friend, Mourning, help her cultivate the land. Despite the time (1841) and their conflicting race (Olivia is white, Mourning is black) Olivia doesn't shy away from the growing relationship between them. Mourning on the other hand, is worried about white men's reactions to what could be their relationship, so he tries to shy away and stay away from any idea of a relationship.

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Olivia, Mourning by Yael Politis is a rich historical fiction novel set in the late 1800s in Pennsylvania. After the death of her father, 17 year old Olivia is determined to work on Fae's Landing, eighty acres of land her family inherited from her Uncle Scruggs. She brings along her close friend Mourning, the son of slaves, to help her work on the farm. With her strong-willed nature and Mourning's optimism, they make a great team despite the harsh living conditions they face.

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