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Sister of Mine: A Novel

Sister of Mine: A Novel

Written by Sabra Waldfogel

Narrated by Bahni Turpin


Sister of Mine: A Novel

Written by Sabra Waldfogel

Narrated by Bahni Turpin

ratings:
4.5/5 (67 ratings)
Length:
17 hours
Released:
May 24, 2016
ISBN:
9781522635253
Format:
Audiobook

Description

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high-or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history.

Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim-daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county-was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret: Mordecai was Rachel's father, too.

As the country moved toward war, Adelaide and Rachel struggled to navigate their newfound sisterhood-from love and resentment to betrayal and, ultimately, forgiveness.

Now, facing these Union soldiers as General Sherman advances nearer, their bond is put to the ultimate test. Will the plantation be spared? Or will everything they've lived for be lost?

Released:
May 24, 2016
ISBN:
9781522635253
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    It was a good read. Set back in the civil war days. A beautiful forbidden romance, a two sisters love for one another.
  • (4/5)
    SISTER OF MINE by Sabra WaldfogelAlthough this novel takes place during the years of the Civil War, it is more a novel of two sisters – one white, one black -- and how they learn to not just tolerate, but love each other. Adelaide is the white daughter of the largest plantation owner in their small town. Rachel is her half-sister, born of her father’s liaison with one of his slaves. Rachel serves as her sister’s maid. The novel backtracks to cover the earlier life of the family. In flashbacks, the family dynamics, Adelaide’s family’s Jewishness, Adelaide’s social punishment for a broken engagement, her later marriage and the repercussions of failing to love her husband are explored. The Civil War serves to bring the plot to its conclusion.The novel explores Jews in the South, marriage in wealthy families, the plight of slaves, abolition and slave owners, social conventions in antebellum Southern states, and the dynamics of slaves bearing the master’s children. The characters are well drawn and act and speak in reasonable terms. Good research has been done. The plot is creative and interesting.4 of 5 stars
  • (4/5)
    Sister of Mine gives an eye-opening portrayal of Southern slavery in the hands of the Jewish people of Georgia.Like Henry, it is hard for me to believe that Jewish people would enslave anyone after their years as slaves in Egypt.Henry puts this aside to put himself into major debt with a Jewish moneylender whose daughter he choosesto take in marriage though they clearly do not love each other. On his small plantation, unable to give his slavestheir freedom by the laws of Georgia, he mostly treats them well and falls in love with his wife's slave, Rachel.He learns that she is the sister of his wife and the plot moves forward easily, if predictably, and ultimately improbably,through the Civil War and The Emancipation Proclamation.
  • (5/5)
    A new take on old knowledge. I've never heard things explained from the Jewish standpoint. Nor the vivid description of how break breaking cotton picking was. I really enjoyed the story. And this is by far my favorite narrator.
  • (3/5)
    The first half of the story was believable unlike the second half no slave would so out spoken like Rachel and not been punish like most of these story they sleep with the some person who are their slave masters i can't understand
  • (5/5)
    The author left me better informed and wanting more. The narrator has me on a google search for more!
  • (5/5)

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    Not a book I would have picked off a shelf, but as I listened I became immersed as the characters developed, the history consisted of why and who won. This provided the depth to the limited knowledge fully enjoyed

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  • (5/5)

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    This is one of those books that you don’t want to put down ,amazing history.Truly love the narrator does a great job

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  • (5/5)

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    Insightful historical fiction. Explores Jewish American immigration and culture during slavery and civil war. Authentic love stories and war stories woven through. Very engaging.

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  • (3/5)
    Adelaide and Rachel are both daughters of Mordecai, a Jewish plantation owner in Georgia. However, Rachel’s mother was a slave while Adelaide is the daughter of Mordecai’s wife. Rachel is given to Adelaide as a maid, where she is forced to work for her sister. When Adelaide marries and establishes her own household, her husband quickly becomes enamored with Rachel. This book seemed to move very slowly at times. I wish the author had used shorter chapters, or at least used a new chapter every time she switched to a different point of view. Adelaide wasn’t a particularly likeable character, and the author didn’t really show much a transition. One minute she was an angry wife and the next a complacent friend. Despite these criticisms, this was a well written book. The subject matter was interesting, and I would pick up another book by this author.