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Angels Watching Over Me (Shenandoah Sisters #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,051 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jul 02, 2013 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I was actually enjoying this free kindle book until the story just ended without any kind of resolution. I know the author is hoping to leave the reader wanting to purchase the sequel, but I have been burned twice before by the second book just ending with no resolution, or not being very good. If you want to see a good example of an author using the free first book to draw the reader into their characters, see Chop-Chop by LN Cronk. I am now on the 4th book of the series and do not regret at al ...more
Babette Torres
Sep 01, 2013 Babette Torres rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story of a friendship unfolding between two girls who turn to God, and right beneath your nose you realize this friendship blossoming is really them finding family again in their new friendship. I truly enjoyed this book!
If I could, I would rate this book 4.5 stars.

I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The friendship between Katie and Mayme is so sweet and all the girls have gone through is heart-wrenching. I also loved the way Katie and Mayme help and love each other despite their differences and the time they live in. The story is well told, and although there is a change of POV after a few chapters, it's not confusing at all.

However, I really didn't enjoy the first chapter. The first chapter of a boo
Karen & Gerard
Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips is about two teen girls whose families both got killed after the Civil War. Katie is a daughter of a white plantation owner and Mayme is a black slave girl who grew up on a different plantation. Shortly after the death of their families, the two girls actually become friends and help each other. Although they have different backgrounds and different talents, they work together to protect each other, and run the plantation on their own. Mayme is practic ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Robin rated it it was ok
Had potential in the beginning with Mayme retroactively telling the story from an old age. Very thoughtful and interesting but unfortunately, that didn't last. Once the action began, I found the story telling to be simplistic and the dialogue lacking. I've read "Cold Mountain," which bears some faint similarities in subject matter (not spiritually, per say, but with two females, one coddled and helpless, one isolated and forced to fend for herself, both end up sort of saving each other). Stylist ...more
Melanie Smith
Feb 08, 2014 Melanie Smith rated it really liked it
I really do not know what I was expecting with this book, but I will be honest. I picked it up and I could not put it down. The writing and the story is incredible. I live in the south and I was born and raised here. We here stories growing up and I have visited historical sites and museums, but Angels Watching Over Me, truly made me feel like I was part of the story.
I have ordered the next two books and plan on having lots of coffee by the time they get here.
Aug 11, 2014 Cynthia rated it liked it
This is the first book of a series about the teenage daughter of a southern plantation owner who finds herself on her own when her family is slain during the chaos of the post-civil war days. First out of necessity and then genuine friendship she partners with a former teenage house slave whose family was also murdered at a neighboring plantation. Although they do not know each other they quickly develop a practical and emotional dependency that carries them through grief and the realization tha ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Christine rated it did not like it
While the bulk of the narrative is an engaging story with interesting characters, the beginning of this book really left a bad taste in my mouth. The remainder of the story is quite touching and well written once the narrative begins about the two teenage girls. I just wish the first chapter could be rewritten or omitted. The imagery used to show the narrator's "otherness" as an African American woman was heavy handed to me. Also note that the n***** word is used, and it was in the elderly woman ...more
This was a free book, in a series of books. My local library doesn't have any of the books. I did find the books in two near by libraries.

I have often wondered what the slaves did after they were declared to be free. This novel tells of a friendship between a white plantation owners daughter, and a teen aged slave. Both of the girls had their families murdered by marauders, who road in on their horses, and shot the plantation owners and their slaves.

The girls used their combined skills to surv
Marianne Wonnacott
Jun 07, 2013 Marianne Wonnacott rated it liked it
I was completely taken in by the very believable characters. Really enjoyed the story of two young girls, one white and one black, who have to learn to survive after witnessing a terrible tragedy after the end of the Civil War.

It got a little far-fetched in the end, but still captivating. I guess the only thing that I struggled with is the drastic change in personality of Katie towards the end of the book. I realize people change, especially in extreme circumstances, but it was so sudden. I wou
Sherrill Watson
Jul 12, 2016 Sherrill Watson rated it really liked it
Book One of Four(?)

The best book of the series, in my opinion. Set at the end of the Civil War in 1863 Katie (Kathleen O'Bannon Clairborne), 15, Mayme (Mary Ann Jukes), 16, in Charlotte, North Carolina, near Green's Crossing. Rusty, the Golden Retriever was one. This is the story of two little girls, one black and one white left to their own devises, after the massacre of the Shenandoah County. Bilsby's Marauders, Confederate soldiers, came thru the Valley killing everything in sight, with the r
Rachel Dixon
Aug 19, 2014 Rachel Dixon rated it it was ok
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May 15, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Solid 3 stars. I enjoyed this and I thought it had potential. I'll probably get around to finishing the series eventually. I loved Mayme's narration... at times. It felt like she had a really clear voice especially in the beginning and then the voice would get hazy here and there. I wondered at one point close to the beginning if the narrator had changed because the voice was so different. Another reason this gets 3 stars (I liked it, not REALLY liked it) is that I like books in a series to be a ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Angels Watching Over Me is by Michael Phillips. It is book two in the Shenendoah Sisters series. It is set beginning in 1861 in North Carolina.
Katie Claiborne was 10 years old when the Civil War broke out. She was the only child of the Claibornes. She learned what was going on in the house through her tutelage by her Mother and of the plantation by going out with her Father. She was always intended to be mistress of Rosewood plantation along with her husband when she married and when her parent
Sonya Fuller-Campbell
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I am familiar with this author's work and have always enjoyed his writing. If I see a title by this author it always warrants at least a preview from me and I feel safe that it won't be a waste of time. Thus far he has always come through. I find that his titles from days of old are usually historically correct in most ways and takes me right with him generations and generations before. This read was no different!!!! I especially enjoyed reading the
Mar 17, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the best reads I have seen in a while!

Though it is only part of the whole series. I hope that all can be combined into a novel. I love the two natures of Mary Ann and Kathleen and how God puts them together and the sisterly love that grows from this. Both characters have a strength and beauty that keeps you glued to this well written book.
Anne Hamilton
The story is an overall engaging one of two girls - one white, one black - who meet in the aftermath of post-Civil War marauding in Shenandoah. Both are traumatised by the loss of their families to a roving band of renegade soldiers, who are taking out their destructive anger by murdering anyone in their path.

It is told from the point of view of Mayme, now an old woman, who is telling the tale of how a Southern belle and a slave girl came to be the best of friends, while adjusting to their own
Apr 26, 2014 Pegg rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books-read
There was a lot about this story that I liked, including the characters and the setting and the story line. But there were things I didn't like.

The ending for one, or lack thereof. It's the first book of the series and it pretty much just... stops. There is no real resolution or conclusion or anything to signal the reader that they've reached "the end." In fact, I read the e-book version and was set aback when I realized that was it! I'd reached the end. Seriously? Yup. Done.

The book is written
Rachel Naylor
Oct 20, 2014 Rachel Naylor rated it really liked it
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Jan 15, 2014 Tanya rated it liked it
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Jordan Waters
Jan 04, 2016 Jordan Waters rated it really liked it
In Angels Watching Over Me, two young girls discover each other after a massacre during the Civil War. Mayme is a slave girl and Katie is a plantation owner's daughter. After meeting, they become friends. It's unnatural at first, and feels inappropriate to them (Mayme in particular), but they eventually get over the awkwardness and learn to depend on each other for survival.
This was a really sweet story of a friendship and how it evolves into a family of sorts. Mayme is more of an adult than a c
Jul 23, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I'd always intended to read this. I read the first book (this one) in a day, and am almost finished the series now. The main characters are engaging and believable.

I think my favorite character is Henry, though his character takes on a bigger role later in the series. There are surprises, but you do get foreshadowing and will guess at what it will be, but that doesn't take away the enjoyment of the series. If you read the first one, just keep reading as this story is better told in flowing sequ
Debbi Vogt
Jul 12, 2013 Debbi Vogt rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It is an easy quick summer read and the price was perfect. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Jun 20, 2016 Irene rated it it was amazing
Born within a year of each other and in the same North Carolina county, Mayme and Katie had grown up in two separate worlds. Mayme was a member of a slave family, and her future held nothing bu slavery and hardship. Katie's future was bright with a promise, a Southern family's genteel plantation life surrounded by books and music and culture.
Then came the Emancipation Proclamation and the horrors of a nation at ward with itself.
Mayme and Katie are brought together in unusual circumstances and t
Linda Harris
The story was okay, but the problems with this story are too numerous to count. It isn't too historically accurate. Who ever wrote mayme,the black characters prespective, should have spoken to some black people before doing it and should have done more intensive research about slavery and the dynamics of the institution. This story is so watered down, I wonder if it is for children. There isn't an adequate depiction of slavery in this book, nor is this story realistic. If you can overlook those ...more
Bonnie Friesen
Apr 02, 2016 Bonnie Friesen rated it liked it
This book is the first in a series of 4 books. I am usually a huge fan of historical fiction and appreciate that this book was effective in illuminating a piece of civil war history that I was not aware of (desecration of the plantations of Shenandoah Valley). And to that end I am not 100 % certain of the accuracy of Mr Phillips portrayal in this book but to be fair it's more about the birth of an unlikely friendship than the civil war atrocities. Having said that I will not be continuing with t ...more
Alicia Willis
May 17, 2014 Alicia Willis rated it liked it
3 Stars
Best for ages 14+ for some adult content and some violence. Please note that the gritty realities of what slavery can do are revealed (although not nearly as vividly in a book such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin).

Angels Watching Over Me is the tale of two cultural classes being forced to accept each other for who they are and rely on each other’s strength. Namely, it deals with a white girl and a slave girl during the time of the Shenandoah Massacre following the Civil War.

The feeling for the era,
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Mayme Jukes and Katie Clairborne both grew up on plantations near the same town in Shenandoah County, North Carolina, but their lives were vastly different. Mayme was born into slavery, while Katie enjoyed a privileged life as the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner. But in the final days of the Civil War, the two teenagers are thrown together when both of their families are murdered by marauding outlaw soldiers. Fleeing from the massacre of her family, Mayme stumbles across Katie's plantatio ...more
Barb Klein
Aug 13, 2013 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
“Angels Watching Over Me” was written by Michael Phillips as the first book in the Shenandoah Sisters Series. It is a post-Civil War story written about two young girls, one white and one black, living in North Carolina. Katherine Claiborne is the daughter of a plantation owner. Her father and three brothers are away at war and her mother Rosalind and Katie, as Katherine is called, are left to tend the plantation along with the slaves that the Claiborne’s own helping to tend the fields and doing ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story!

A story of courage and love that sees no color. The author is able to capture the emotions of two young, scared girls wonderfully and realistically. I was captivated with the story of the courage these two girls found after their world is turned upside down. The history woven into the story gives it even more appeal. The best part is the relationship the girls find with the Lord and the things that they learn about Him. I can't wait to read the next book!
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Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.
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