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Father's Mansions: The Sea Island Edisto Paperback – March 11, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438900945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438900940
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,449,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Father's Mansions is a first historical novel for Phyllis Phillips. When she and her family moved to the South of the 60's it was a difficult time in history. Trying to understand the South of those days Phyllis realized it was necessary to know the stories of the past.From a background in Literature/Theatre (MA degree)...professional theatre(Arena stage in WashingtonDC)...Producer.Hostess for SC ETV evening programing...raising four children in a political family...Phyllis Phillips has brought forth South Carolina's past and intriquing stories. Father's Mansions is one of those stories.There are more to come!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lockett-Joiner on June 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am always looking for information regarding Edisto Island. I ordered this book on a whim, just hoping it might have some small story about my family branch in it. I was pleasantly surprised when I found it contained stories about many members of my family! If you are doing research on your family history this would be a terrific book to get. This is not so much a story, as a telling of family history. An outside observer who did not already have some background into this way of life might misconstrue some of the stories.

There are so many details given in this book! If you weren't doing research, this book would become tedious at times. I absorbed all of the information and ended up with at least 300 references of important information regarding the Whaley family.

So if you are doing family research, this book is wonderful! Names that are included in this book are: Whaley, Baynard, Edings, Mitchell, Calder, Jenkins, Grimball, Seabrook, Mackay, and Marion. The story begins in the 1790's and ends well into the late 1800's.
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By Cassandra on June 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Thank you, Ms Phillips. Edisto Beach courses in my soul. You captured both the history and the spellbinding lure of the whole island in elegant prose not often found in historical accounts. Edisto is truly timeless, and your wonderfully written story offers the reader a glimpse into the once provincial royalty and prosperity which reigned in the Lowcountry plantations of South Carolina before and after the War Between the States. It is not written with prejudice nor partiality. This story is simply a record of the graceful way of life on a magical island. The magic remains to this day.
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As a child, my family had houses on Edisto, and I was lucky to spend many weekends and almost every summer on that magical Island. We attended the Presbyterian Church, where many of the characters from the book are buried, and I remember seeing Abigail Baynard Whaley's poignant tombstone placed on her grave by her heartbroken husband, Edward. I heard the stories of the peculiar Ephraim Baynard (a/k/a "Pipe Shank Binyard - the stingiest man God ever let live," at least according to the story teller!)from the elderly grandson of one of the former Baynard slaves. Thanks to Phyllis Phillips for writing a book that took me back to one of the most wonderful places on earth. Unlike many books written about Edisto, she has made the characters truly come to life.
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