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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling premier Christian author Michael Phillips continues his tale of the transforming friendship between two girls from very different backgrounds. This second book in the Shenandoah Sisters series follows the popular Angels Watching Over Me.

Mayme and Katie have become friends, which is unusual given that their friendship has spouted at the end of the Civil War and that Mayme is a former slave, while Katie is the daughter of a plantation owner. Both girls have been orphaned by the war, left alone on Katie's family plantation. The land is the one thing they still share, and they don't want to leave it. But if anyone finds out the two of them live there alone, they will be forced to move. Despite their differences, the two girls rely on one another and are determined to survive no matter what it takes.

Susan Spain's narration perfectly captures the emotions of these two adventurous young women.

©2003 Michael Phillips; (P)2004 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Vivid historical detail combines with memorable characters in Michael Phillips' second story in his Shenandoah Sisters series." (Romantic Times)

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  • Robin
  • Clinton Corners, NY, USA
  • 12-23-05

A great Story

This was a great book. Do you have the other four that are in the set on audible, if so I would like to get them also.
My Children loved this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jenia
  • Ashburn, VA, United States
  • 04-26-13

Entertaining listen

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending lacked zeal.

If you’ve listened to books by Michael Phillips before, how does this one compare?

First listen

What about Susan Spain’s performance did you like?

She acts out the characters, and brings the characters to life passionately.

Was A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton worth the listening time?

Yes it was interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat a few times.

Any additional comments?

The singing was a bit much!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Greater Love

Remarkable narration, conveying pictures of a poor, black slave man, a teenage white girl, black teens and a child, with gifting and skill so capable as to make the listener unaware that one narrator is speaking all the parts. An unbelievable, yet believable, tale from the end of the civil war era. I was taken in and scarcely able to put it down.

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Wonderful Story!

I read these books years ago; could hardly put them down, in fact. Good, clean Christian based story. There were four books in the series, but only two on Audible. I hope they produce the other two, as well. The narrator was wonderful! She brought the story to life. I will listen to these again. Definitely a keeper! Please do the other two books in the series, also. Thank you!

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Good Story Line...

I just discovered book 3 & 4 are not on audio so I will have to buy the book and read it myself if I want to know the outcome- BUMMER! I could at least listen to the audio when I drive... I'm sorry I purchased the books...

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Great insight and depiction of the times & cultur

Wonderful perspective from various social positions. Particularly shows how different people were motivated by hatred, greed and arrogance, but other people on the same side of the issue were kind and generous and sometimes ignorant of harsh realities.

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  • G. Getty
  • Deep Creek Lake, MD USA
  • 06-03-15

This did not hole my interest

What would have made A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton better?

This book did not hold my interest. I suppose the characters are at fault I could not identify with them at all. I usually like historical novels.

Has A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton turned you off from other books in this genre?

I think this book did not move along fast enough for me.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was okay. I really could not find fault with it, I would listen to another book by this actor.

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Historical setting of the war of 1812.

If you could sum up A Day to Pick Your Own Cotton in three words, what would they be?

It seemed so true to life, and was presented very well.

What does Susan Spain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I would guess Susan is a southern, colored lady and she made the story really live.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both.

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  • Donna
  • Crownsville, MD, USA
  • 08-21-07

thought provoking

I loved this read. Very thought provoking through and through. It held my interest and was very profound to the end..

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Interesting story, but

While I found the story interesting, if somewhat unbelievable, I thought the dialect and the vocabulary was not correct nor realistic for the time. The "voice" of the writer disturbed me for some reason. It was not authentic sounding. The vocabulary of Mayme was not that of a 15-year old former slave girl. I finished the book because I rarely do not finish a book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful