by Lori Crane
The first book in the Okatibbee Creek series
In May of 1862, Mary Ann stands on the side of the dirt road and proudly waves her little Confederate flag as her husband and brothers march off to war. Little does she know, those left at home will be no safer than the men fighting on the battlefield.
As the war wages on and she struggles to raise her four children and the five orphans she has taken in, the collapse of the Confederate dollar, food shortages, and a typhoid epidemic threaten to overwhelm them all. When General Sherman’s troops march through Mississippi on their way to destroy Meridian, the distant war literally arrives on her doorstep.
“Okatibbee Creek” (pronounced oh-kuh-TIB-be) is a novel of historical fiction that vividly brings the Deep South to life through the emotional journey of Mary Ann Rodgers, a strong and resilient woman, who with the help of an unexpected champion, eventually rebuilds her shattered life.
“Okatibbee Creek” will have you crying and cheering through a real-life story of love, loss, and survival.
5 Stars! “Okatibbee Creek” is the best kind of historical fiction, because it is based on real people, places, and events. I found myself so completely drawn into this story that I felt the Rodgers family actually became my family, and I was transported back to the south during the Civil War. The author easily captured the emotions that the characters felt, bringing each person to life, which allowed me to experience the feelings that the felt, the joy of a new birth or wedding, or the sadness and sorrow as death took a beloved family member. ~Brenda Casto for Readers’ Favorite
- Bronze medal winner in the 2013 eLit Book Awards for literary fiction.
- Honorable mention in the 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival for regional fiction.
- Nominee 2013 Global eBook Awards in historical fiction.
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