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Preview — Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
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Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the comp...more
I can't begin to explain ho ...more
The first half of the book we gets the first several years from Mattie, but as the years wear on, it starts t ...more
I am so glad I read this Novel as the saying goes “ Good goods come in small parcels”.
Yellow Crocus -is a flower that blooms in the most adverse conditions. What a great name for this Novel, makes you appreciate the thought the author put into this book.
This is a short novel and as I have been having a ...more
To me, that just about screams "Christian Romance". Ick.
But then I saw the Kindle edition cover when browsing the Kindle Unlimited options, and THAT one spoke to me and said that this book might be one that could interest me.
So I picked it ...more
As Lisbeth grew, her love and devotion to Mattie strengthened. She would visit Mattie’s family at the slave’s quarters each week, becoming close to them all. B ...more
Yellow Crocus explores the relationship of Elizabeth, the white master, and Mattie, the black servant. When Elizabeth was born, she was handed to Mattie. It was Mattie’s job to see the needs of child, feeding and bathing etc. As the child grew up, the bond between these two also got stronger. Eliz ...more
This is the wonderful, heart-wrenching, but also heart-warming story of the relationship between a young white girl and her slave nanny.
Beautifully written and simply told. I finished it in one sitting.
I'll give it an honest 3.5 stars. I kind of feel bad....as if that doesn't do it justice. It is just a reflection of my feelings and emotions about the book. It was VERY engaging, I just did not enjoy the content and connections with the ch ...more
Mind you, I feel this book does a fair amount of using itself. It certainly falls into that territory of playing with your heartstrings, making you feel good about humanity and giving you a happy ever after. Was it realistic? No. Did it ha ...more
Why is the crocus purple when the book is called "Yellow" Crocus? The book was good, but everything was all nice and neat. This period was anything but sweet. I did like it though.
Currently, America is in the midst of protests that were started after the death of George Floyd on May ...more
Yellow Crocus, set in 1837 Virginia, opens with twenty year old field slave Mattie's world being turned upside down. Stoically kissing her 3 month old son goodbye, not knowing how long she'll be gone, Mattie is accepting of her fate. Her mistress is about to deliver her first child and Mattie will assume the role of wetnurse to th ...more
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There is a particularly fascinating series of events ...more
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me a copy to review.
I bought this on Kindle quite some time ago, but recently decided to borrow it through Amazon Kindle Unlimited after discovering it was available as an audiobook.
This book was set in the 1800's and was about a little girl, Elizabeth (or Lisbeth) and her wet nurse, Mattie, who became very attached to each other over the years. Their bond was like no other and then one day Mattie fled in hopes to be free. Over the years Lisbeth long ...more
I just finish re-reading this book. (The first time I read it was in 2011 and I rated it 5 stars then.) This is the story of a black slave woman, unceremoniously snatched from her own infant,to reside in the plantation house in the capacity of wet nurse to the mistress's newborn. This move precipitated numerous unforeseen emotions and relationships involving the wet nurse and the white child, this child and her biological mother, ...more
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I was the founder and director of Woolsey Children's School where I had first hand experience loving children that were not my own. There are scenes in Yellow Crocus t ...more