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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 and disease. As she searched for a way to feed her children and her orphaned nieces and nephews, Sherman's Union army marched through Mississippi on their way to destroy Meridian, and Mary Ann found the distant war literally on her doorstep.

Help arrived just in the nick of time in the form of an unexpected champion, and Mary Ann emerged on the other side a heroic woman with an amazing story. Okatibbee Creek is an audiobook of historical fiction that brings the Deep South vividly to life and will have you cheering and crying through a real-life story of loss, love and survival.

©2012 Lori Crane (P)2013 Lori Crane

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  • Metamora, MI, United States
  • 02-07-14

Great book

What did you love best about Okatibbee Creek?

Loved the historical information embedded in this family story.

What did you like best about this story?

It was very interesting seeing the southern point of view of that time period,

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Excellent read, Outgunned Creek

I tired a little of the genealogy lesson, who married whom, whose child was of what parents - hard to keep everyone straight. HOWEVER, persevere! The author expertly weaves historical events with cherished, charismatic characters. Well worth the read. The performance absolutely brings the story to life!

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Captivating story with an exceptional narrator

What did you love best about 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.<br/><br/>

What about Margaret Lepera’s performance did you like?

Her accent was perfect suited to the setting and era of this story.

Any additional comments?

Lori Crane is an exceptional storyteller of the Deep South. The ingrained notion of slavery is accepted by the characters and the fight over it through such a high price is puzzling to the characters of Okatibbee Creek. They end up freeing their slaves anyway as a result of the destroyed economy of this part of Mississippi. The strong female, Mary Ann, keeps families together and carries on the tradition of her father and mother in the love shown to all human beings. A life examined is one worth living and Crane presents us with one exceptional life worth examining in the audio or book form of Okatibbee Creek.