Together Is All We Need

Sunday, September 7, 2014
I stopped and turned back. I could barely make Katie out in the distance, but she was still there. I raised my hand and waved. I saw her wave back. A chill swept through me, a chill of fear that I might never see her again. “Good-bye, Katie,” I whispered to myself. “I’ll never forget you.”

Book:Together is All We Need by Michael Phillips, Bethany House Publishers, 2004
9962EB: Together is All We Need - eBook

Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16+
Subjects: Civil War, Slavery, Friendship, Faith, Prayer
Summary: Just when they need him most, the past has caught up with Templeton Daniels and he’s in jail instead of at the plantation helping the girls. Another uncle has appeared, not to rejoin the family, but to take over the plantation and kick Katie and Mayme and the others off of it! He holds a deed to Rosewood and wants no coloreds or kids hanging around. That’s not the only trouble though. The mistress of the plantation down the road is not interested in having any little half-white babies appear and she is beginning the hunt for Emma and little William. Just when all seems settled and everyone is ready to leave, yet another uncle thought dead makes an appearance! Rosewood has more claims on it than Katie can handle! The girls have worked so hard to build a family and in an instant a single piece of paper can destroy all they’ve accomplished!
Notes: Together Is All We Need is the fourth in the Shenandoah Sisters series. The series tells how two 16 year old girls survive after the Massacre of Shenandoah County – where a gang of outlaw Confederate deserters killed a bunch of people. In this story, everyone on the two plantations they live on is killed. Mayme mindlessly wanders away and finds herself at Katie’s plantation just as Katie comes up from the cellar she hid in. The two girls stick together out of necessity for a couple of day and become close friends. Towards the end of the book they make the decision to fool people into believing Katie’s family is still alive.
This book continues the story as more uncles appear, staking claims on the plantation and the secret of what has been happening at Rosewood leaks out to the community. No one has ever heard of whites and colored living together in one house as a family and some are not too happy about it! Katie’s uncle is one of those. The loving family that has been built is being torn apart, even as each one of them realizes that the relationships are what matter to them.
The suspense of the story is continuing to build as tensions in the south increase after the Civil War.
As with the others in the series, prejudice is greatly dealt with. This one focuses more on how much joy can come from setting it aside and how much sorrow can come when you let color of skin separate people.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Galatians 5:13 – You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.


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