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Okatibbee Creek

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  215 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
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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Tamara Crowley
Feb 27, 2014 Tamara Crowley rated it it was ok
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
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
P.C. Zick
Apr 19, 2014 P.C. Zick rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2013 Fran rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2016 Mirella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the course of a genealogical search into her roots, Lori Crane visited the grave of her third great grandmother, Mary Ann Rodgers. After becoming acquainted with, and fascinated by, this forebear, Crane gathered data and assembled the facts of her life. Then she put flesh on the bones, breathed imagination into it, and wove it into a novel, the result of which is Okatibbee Creek. Told almost exclusively through Mary Ann Rodgers, the story opens in Mary 19s sixth year. It follows her throu ...more
Feb 08, 2013 Jayne rated it liked it
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
Philip Dickinson
Feb 10, 2013 Philip Dickinson rated it really liked it
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
Tess Ailshire
Mar 28, 2015 Tess Ailshire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pure and simple a woman's memoir.

Told from the first person, it's the memories of a woman who lives through much - joy, death, war, want - with the knowledge she can't change the world, but she can roll with the punches, accepting joy where she can and hardship where she must.

It's the story of a woman to whom family is paramount. While some critics have taken issue with the extremely large cast of characters, I believe a woman whose primary focus is on family would naturally record
Christoph Fischer
Mar 16, 2013 Christoph Fischer rated it really liked it
"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
Lynda Coker
Feb 19, 2013 Lynda Coker rated it really liked it
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
Francis Guenette
Feb 16, 2014 Francis Guenette rated it really liked it
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
P.S. Winn
Mar 29, 2015 P.S. Winn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read that takes the reader back to the days of an awful tragic time in American History and into the lives of those who lived and died during the time. The story begins when six year old Mary endures the tragic loss of not one but two brothers. However, this is just the beginning of what Mary endures in a life that was lived during this historic time. Not only the civil war but diseases that take their toll on families and friends. I found this to be a poignant story that was a quick ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
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.
Wendy Garrett
Jan 02, 2015 Wendy Garrett rated it liked it
Well, that was a quick story and fairly unsatisfying. She covered too much in too short of a book. There was no true character development so you didn't really get to know anyone. I understand why the author wrote it (everyone loves family history) but she really needed to flesh out the characters more.
Mar 26, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This would have been really good if it had been fleshed out. Half way through the book, I found myself thinking that someone just wrote a story about the names in the family Bible...which is essentially what it is as.
It really has potential, but it just needs 'more'.
Vickie Booth
Jun 06, 2016 Vickie Booth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book! Anyone who enjoys civil war novels will love the story of Mary Rogers. Her life before, during, and post-Civil War is exciting from start to finish. This book is very fast paced. You will never be bored. This is a must read for all lovers of historical novels. Great read!
Jun 22, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 08, 2016 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for this book. Just seemed like a lot of people having babies and dying leaving the reader trying to figure out who belonged to who. I would not recommend.
Brenda Baker
Feb 28, 2015 Brenda Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read!

I love to read about the Old South, and its book by Lori Crane is as good as you could ask true to life for back than.
Sep 23, 2013 Terri rated it liked it
The best part of this book was the last chapter. Words to live by about family, remembering what we are given.
Nina Sala-gault
Feb 27, 2015 Nina Sala-gault rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt I was there

October Creek is rich in detail that makes each character spring fully into a life rich in feelings and detail.
Lori Conrad
Apr 11, 2015 Lori Conrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I love historical books, what a great story, but very sad. War is awful. I love t people In the book.
Nancy Newhall
Mar 01, 2015 Nancy Newhall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good historical story

This was a quite compelling family story well worth the fact I believe that I will now be reading the second book....
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