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Okatibbee Creek

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In the bloodiest years of our nation’s history, a young mother was left alone to endure the ravages of the Civil War and a typhoid epidemic that threatened the lives of everyone left behind. Okatibbee Creek is based on the true story of Mary Ann Rodgers, who survived the collapse of the Confederate dollar, food shortages, and the deaths of countless family members to war a...more
Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 21st 2012 by Lori Crane Entertainment, Inc.
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P.C. Zick
This review comes from the audio version of Okatibbee Creek. From the very beginning, I was captivated by this story and its picturesque setting and its cast of characters making a life before, during, and after the years of the Civil War. The narrator of the audio tape, Margaret Lepera, provides just the right touch of a southern accent to make the narration of Mary Ann Rodgers' landscape and personality leap to life.

Lori Crane is an exceptional storyteller of the Deep South. The ingrained noti...more
I found myself kind of frustrated with this book, to be perfectly honest. The premise is very interesting: a family in the pre-Civil War south, and all that they go through.

The book starts out with a bang: the drowning of primary protagonist Mary Ann's two brothers. Then, things flash back -- and you would think that the drowning would be a big focus of the book because of the dramatic beginning.

Not so. It's just something that happened.

Unfortunately, there was a whole lot of telling and not muc...more
Tamara Crowley
Good grief. Well, it was bound to happen. The first 6 books I read this year have been fabulous. The streak is over at Okatibbee Creek. In the author's defense, this book is an important geneology record of her own family - the characters (and there are A LOT!) are taken directly from birth records that trace her lineage back to the beginning of our country. For that reason alone it deserves respect.
However, as a novel it is not great. The story is depressing, quite frankly, and I'm not one to...more
Francis Guenette
Crane's book is the kind of read that creeps up on readers and totally overtakes them with emotion. From the beginning there is mystery and deep emotion but it meanders along in a way that can deceive a reader not prepared to go the distance. I turned pages and wondered about the wealth of detail related to everyday sorts of things - who was born to who and what people ate at the Church picnic. The immediacy felt like reading an old diary. A few times, I thought - when will the story begin? Befo...more
"Okatibbee Creek" is based on the true story of the main character in this story, Mary Ann Rodgers. This story opens in 1834, and young Mary is six years old, and is spending time down at the creek with her brothers and sister while waiting for the birth of another sibling. While there is joy that day she also experiences the loss of her two brothers along that creek. From there we follow the Rodgers family thru the eyes of Mary. We get snippets of her life as she grows up and and at the age of...more
Philip Dickinson
This is a tale that encompasses one woman’s life. Mary Ann, a woman born in Mississippi in the 1820’s to a well-to-do farmer and his wife. Mary Ann suffers the untimely and harrowing death of two of her brothers while very young, but normal life returns and for a long time, her childhood is one long and perfect summer. The skies are blue and the family grows as a succession of beautiful family members is added. In time, the older siblings fall in love and marry. There are big, happy weddings wit...more
I've read some of the other reviews before writing this, because my thoughts about the book are ambivalent. It is obviously a labour of love, well-researched, with lovely photos that brought the characters to life. In a way, I wish they had been at the front of the book, so that I could engage with them sooner than I did.

The story has been told often before, only this time, from one very extensive family's perspective. It begins with a tragedy, although it was not until the end of the book that...more
Okatibbee Creek
Lori Crane

Children live life to the fullest and enjoy going to play in a lake, creek or just somewhere to cool off. When Stephen and William Rogers along with their sisters and brothers decide to go off on their own while their mother is about to have another child, something will change the dynamics of their family forever. Told in the voice of six-year-old Mary Rogers we learn about their home, their life and what led up the death of her two brothers ages eight and ten. As their...more
Christoph Fischer
"Okatibbee Creek" by Lori Crane is a moving historical novel about the life of one woman and her extended family before, during and after the Civil War. Beginning with her life when she is 6 years old we soon learn the harsh reality of life in Mississippi when her brothers die, her husband gets drafted into the war and typhus fever claims many more lives around her.
It is an impressive read on a historical level as we learn much detail about the times without that becoming the sole task of tellin...more
This book is a work of historical fiction based on the lives of the authors third great grandparents. The story takes place in the years before during and after the civil war and follows the life of one family.
Lynda Coker
Just a side note: Be careful when doing family research, you may just be impelled to write a book!

Through the eyes of Mary Ann Rodger, I took a journey through a turbulent and heart-testing time period and observed the endurance and determination of this character, to not only survive, but to flourish and grow. This story felt real to me, not a glamorized version of the glorious South during the Civil War, but a real-life account of the South as most people of the time would recognize it. Somet...more
I love this book. The story flows well, and the pacing between key events is spot-on. It's a real page turner, as well as a lesson in history. It's rare that a book--any book--can provide such a great, authentic story, yet also teach a lesson in history. I've always thought the BEST history teachers of all were works of historical fiction that intricately weave strands of history and a strong sense of place into the storyline. However, I'd yet to find such a book--until now.
The best part of this book was the last chapter. Words to live by about family, remembering what we are given.
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