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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

Kindle Edition, Revised, 253 pages
Published August 19th 2014 by Lake Union Publishing (first published December 17th 2010)
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Delynda No swearing. But I thought it poorly written. It does include some "details" about one of the "masters" raping one of the YOUNG slave girls. Not sure…moreNo swearing. But I thought it poorly written. It does include some "details" about one of the "masters" raping one of the YOUNG slave girls. Not sure if you'd think that appropriate. I wouldn't.(less)
Virginia Myers In the epilogue, Lisbeth says that it is a true story - but that is still part of the novel - it is not a statement made by our author. In the front -…moreIn the epilogue, Lisbeth says that it is a true story - but that is still part of the novel - it is not a statement made by our author. In the front - it says it is a work of fiction with names, etc coming from the author's imagination. I would imagine that if it were a novel based upon fact, the author herself would have told us that. (less)

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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
During the last 30 minutes of listening to this book, I was so full of emotion.
Angela M
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read The Invention of Wings last year , it made me think about little I really knew about slavery in spite of having read books and seen movies depicting the despicable injustices and inhumane treatment that black slaves in this country were forced to live with . Once again, this time in Yellow Crocus, the author provides a story that showed me yet another heartache that a female slave on a southern plantation in 1837 was made to bear and my education continues.

I can't begin to explain ho
This was a wonderfully written book! This book follows two characters, Mattie and Lisbeth, and is set in the mid-1800's in Virginia. Mattie is a slave woman for Lisbeth's family and is called in to be a wet nurse to young Elizabeth (Lisbeth). Forced to leave her own son just a few months old, Mattie is moved into the house and raises the young girl, almost as her own, for several years...

The first half of the book we gets the first several years from Mattie, but as the years wear on, it starts t
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to wrap my arms and legs around this book and hang onto it forever. With a depth and subtlety I'm sure I didn't even fully grasp during this first read, Yellow Crocus captured my attention and my emotions on every single page. I am hungry to pick it up and start all over again. Beautiful, warm, hopeful, and inspiring, this story unfolded so seamlessly I felt like I was living it. To finish the last page left me renewed and deeply satisfied. This is the kind of book that makes me glad to b ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yellow Crocus received such overwhelmingly good reviews on Goodreads, and I like historical fiction, especially tales set in early America. For example, I loved The Kitchen House, which also dealt with pre-Civil War slavery. So I was really looking forward to reading this book. My expansive local library doesn't have it, so I put in an inter-library loan request and received the book from a library in Oklahoma. All good so far. Then I started reading. And, boy, was I disappointed. What could hav ...more
It's so interesting to me sometimes how my brain works. I've seen this book on Goodreads for a while now, and yet I never gave it any thought at all, never showed even the slightest spark of interest in looking to see what it was about because of the cover:

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
What could have been a beautiful story but turned into just a show of sugary affection because the author didn’t capture the relationship between master and the servant and the effect of slavery on it.

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
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yellow Crocus a novel by Laila Ibrahim.

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 bad streak with books lately this was exactly the sort of book I had been searching for. I found the novel Yellow Crocus a very enjoyable book, no tricks o
Diane S ☔
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I had never heard of, but really deserves more recognition. Set on the Tidewater plantation in Virginia, before the Civil War, it follows Mattie who is a slave and wet nurse and Elizabeth, the newborn daughter of the plantation. Wonderfully written, with many poignant moments, this novel is a brilliant read of time and place. I am so glad I was not born in that time, a time when women were told want to think, talk about, existed only to please a man and make an advantageous m ...more
Ruth Turner
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Gina *loves sunshine*
This was a very well written book - definitely grabs you and weaves a haunting story of life on the plantation. I highly recommend this if you enjoyed other popular stories about this era, and books that focus on relationships between slaves and their owners!

I'll give it an honest 3.5 stars. I kind of feel 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
Wow! Another favorite to add to my top all time best! I've had this book in my list of samples for nearly a year. I remembered I read the first chapter about a young, slave who was required to leave her own baby to nurse the newborn girl of the Mistress in the big house. The relationship between Mattie & Lisbeth is so full of love, I couldn't help but adore them. I read this in just 2 days, which is fast for me. I didn't want it to end, I absolutely loved it so!! If you liked The Help The Ki ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had the bones of an excellent story, but the way the personalities were expressed, the language of the people, the mood of the setting- all together it just didn't mesh for me. Nor for slavery times under these conditions. It seems a kind of fairy tale, almost like a Hansel and Gretel level aspect of nasty downside and not that era's reality of nasty. Those women, but especially Mattie, just ran flat. It isn't that she couldn't have loved Elizabeth or vice-versa, it was just the though ...more
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I completely used this book. I picked it solely because it fitted my A-Z challenge for a book starting with the letter Y. Then I noticed it was available on kindle unlimited, so I signed up for a month's free trial, read the book and cancelled my subscription.

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
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Sunshine
3.5 stars.

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.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the publishers in NYC who took a pass on this novel should be kicking themselves. I can’t even find a website for the publisher that did publish this book which makes me think it was self-pub. I discovered this book as part of a free download promo on Amazon and the synopsis grabbed me. I enjoy reading books based in the south during this time period. There are paperback copies available on Amazon, but the easiest way to read is via kindle download. Right now it is $3.99 or free for Amazon P ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a touching and telling story of a young mistress and her wet nurse/nanny who was much more of a mother figure than her true mother. It focuses on the vast divide separating these two in the midst of the love and years they shared. It is a story of the slave quarters and the big house, the proper behavior required between slaves and owners and the expectations for those who lived on both sides of the divide as well as just what was likely to happen when those expectations were not met in ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jules by: Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
Yellow Crocus is an emotional and thought provoking character led historical fiction. I really enjoyed listening to this as an audiobook, and really felt for the characters.

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.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-publisher
The description of this books sounds so captivating. Unfortunately, I had problems with it from the beginning. The dialect wasn’t quite right and even when present it didn’t feel authentic. The story didn’t feel like it was written of that time, which is partially attributable to verbiage that is from today. I had come to this conclusion even before one character used the words “laugh out loud” to describe her amusement.

Major spoilers follow!

There is a particularly fascinating series of events
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I'm so glad that I took the time to read it. I loved that the characters were all flawed enough to seem real and you really didn't know if things would turn out all right at any given moment. I actually worried about the characters as I was reading. I will definitely read more by this author.

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me a copy to review.
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
A wonderful, very emotional story about the strong lifelong bond that forms between Lisbeth, the white daughter of a southern state plantation owner and Mattie her wet nurse, from the moment of the first feed to adulthood. The book is extremely well written, the words just flow off the page and carry you along - a very easy story to read. The lead characters are both very likeable women and the bond between them is beautifully portrayed. You can certainly feel the love they have for each other y ...more
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, re-reading
6 STARS!!!!!! Yes, I mean 6 for the book and the audio narration.

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,
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow
Don't pass this one up! I LOVED this book....EVERY word of it. This is another one of those books that I would give more than 5 stars too if I could. I liked it even more than The Help, which is a fair comparison to some extent.

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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, heartwarming story set in pre-Civil War in the south. I loved the characters. They were well drawn with great detail and so was the setting. The author captured this with vivid and warm descriptions.

This story was a little glossy considering the time frame it covers. There were many horrors that existed back then, but I appreciated that this wasn't a 'shock and awe' campaign. Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for that. This story was centered on the characters and not so much
I was not expecting to like Yellow Crocus as much as I did. I loved Mattie and Lisbeth. I thought the book did a good job of portraying the time period, the emotions of the characters, and the truths about slavery without going into graphic detail of the horrors. There were a few places where I wish the story had elaborated before moving on, but the emotions the book brings out made this a near 5 star read for me.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, fiction
This book was strange. The first 20% of it was breastfeeding scenes. Not an exaggeration. Finding out the author is a doula was not particularly surprising. The book also suffers from White Savior Syndrome. The narrative is solid, but lacks depth. Overall, a half-decent quick read for fans of historical fiction.
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, the story of Mattie, a field slave and how she became wet nurse and mammy to the first child of plantation owners. What follows is a tender exploration of their relationship and regard for each other; how knowing and loving Mattie shaped Lizbeths character and her life to come. Set in the time of the Underground movement, when abolitionists in the North helped slaves escape to freedom, the story does deal with some of the horrors of slavery. The ending feel ...more
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Book on CD performed by Bahni Turpin.

From the book jacket: 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.

My reactions
Good historical fiction set in 1837 to 1860 Virginia. The novel explores the ways in which family bonds are formed regardless of biol
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story about the slave-owning society in the ante-bellum American South makes for a pleasant enough read, as it’s well-written and tells a gentle tale of love and loyalty. But what it doesn’t do is represent the true horror of slavery and simply glosses over the worst aspects of it. It opens with the slave woman Mattie being taken away from her baby son to care for the newly born daughter of her white masters. A close relationship develops between slave and child and the bond forged between ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela repleta de sentimentos, contada de una forma mágica. El amor por las personas sean de la condición que sean se transforma en un canto a la libertad que me ha puesto la carne de gallina por la emoción. Además de la historia que te enseña.
Mattie y Lisbeth son dos personajes increíbles.
Muy bueno.

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My education and experience in multiracial, developmental psychology and attachment theory provide ample fodder for my novels. My passion for early childhood education, child birth and religious education are reflected in my writing.

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
“Focus on bearing, and beauty will follow. Your looks will not remain with you for life. But your bearing will go with you to the grave.” 7 likes
“Do you care for any contemporary authors?” Matthew inquired. “I adore Jane Austen.” Matthew nodded. “I find her portrait of British society so accurate and yet so dreadful.” “I agree. It must be awful to be so bound by what society expects,” Lisbeth answered. “I am so glad to have been born in America, where one has freedom.” 2 likes
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