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Angels Watching Over Me

(Shenandoah Sisters #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  5,408 ratings  ·  381 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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Virginia Kahn I downloaded mine for free on kindle --- also check your local libraries many you can down load the books ---

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Jul 02, 2013 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
Jun 09, 2013 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
Oct 08, 2012 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
Actual rating 3.5

I enjoyed this story of two girls who endure hardship and rely on each other through trying times. Despite their difference in race. The beginning was intriguing enough for me but started some of my issues with the narrator, Mayme. I want to believe she is a product of her time as I've read enough books to know that her view is not unusual. So you either resolve to accept her flaws and move on or not like her.

This is not an easy timeframe to read but made me appreciate my life
Jul 13, 2013 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
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
Marianne Wonnacott
Jun 07, 2013 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
Melanie Smith
Feb 08, 2014 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.
Tracy Wainwright

A gripping tale with lots of heart. This story of innocent, pure, friendship love is beautiful and inspiring. The theology is also beautiful.
Marie Bungard
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read the next.
Debra Little
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the whole series. Riveting.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an alright book. The main premise was about the budding friendship between a plantation owner's daughter and a young slave, and the support they gave each other after each having to go through a rough time. It was a very character driven novel, so there wasn't a ton of action. I didn't personally mind that, but I did find myself skimming over some parts that didn't contain any action or really any character development.

I had a bit of a like/don't like relationship with the characters'
Aug 25, 2013 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
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
Mar 17, 2014 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.
Debbi Vogt
Jul 12, 2013 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.
Jul 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Like it but it was a little simple.
Mar 22, 2015 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
Aug 13, 2013 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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mayme was a little girl she told story since her brother was five years old. Well that how far back she could remember anyways. Mayme learned how to read and write from her mother. When Mayme mother was a little girl she worked inside the home of the owner and she would lisen to the storytelling and pick any book she could get her hands on. She loved to read, Mayme said that if she got her hands on a book she would eat up all the words. Now Mayme mother steal pieaces of scrap paper it was small ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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May 11, 2014 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
Bonnie Friesen
Jan 24, 2016 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
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Alicia Willis
Mar 21, 2014 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,
Apr 01, 2009 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
Sherrill Watson
Jul 12, 2016 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
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I love historical fiction, especially from this time period. This book fell flat for me, though. I felt like it took too long for the story to get started, but once it did, I began to enjoy the novel. There were some parts that were really engaging. I really felt for Katie and Mayme, however, I was frustrated that certain ideas/events were not developed (such as whatever is hidden in the safe and how it might potentially help the girls). I also felt the book ended abruptly. Katie's idea of conti ...more
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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.

Other books in the series

Shenandoah Sisters (4 books)
  • A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton (Shenandoah Sisters, #2)
  • The Color of Your Skin Ain't the Color of Your Heart (Shenandoah Sisters, #3)
  • Together Is All We Need (Shenandoah Sisters, #4)
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