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“Author: Laila Ibrahim (a favorite author) // A story about Slavery, begins in 1837 in the deep South. Can a story about Slavery be beautiful? This certainly was. Inspired story line is broad and deep. Vivid characters and descriptions of setting. This story deeply touched my heart and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I really enjoyed this book about a young girl and her relationship with her nanny. Set in a time period right before the civil war, I fell completely in love with Mattie and lisbeth. The turn their lives take make the story even more believable and honest.”Angie W wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a most delightful little book which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is the story of a deep and powerful relationship between a white girl and the black woman who nursed, raised her and saved her life. Miss Lisbeth and Mattie are 2 very strong characters! It is a very quick read with a happy/sad and realistic ending. I loved it!!”Minette Minitzer wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“” Every spring we go on a hunt for yellow crocuses. . .it is a flower that come out first in spring. It kinda little and don’ last for so long. But it tell you spring come.” The story is set in Virginia circa 1840 and before the 13th amendment when slave owners could buy and sell slaves as the chose tearing mother from children, husbands from wives leaving deep wounds that never healed. It was time of the abolishment movement and tensions were extreme every breath was suspicious. Mattie, a slave at the Wainsworth Plantation was snatched from her son and family and told she was to the wet nurse to the new Wainsworth baby girl, Lizbeth and thus became their unbreakable connection. I especially liked reading about their established traditions such as the “jumping of the broom”. Slaves were not allowed to marry so this was their marriage ceremony. The masters encouraged this tradition because by forming a family slaves were less likely to run and usually produced new workers. Great book I really enjoyed it. ★★★★★
“Loved it”Diane wrote this review Saturday, August 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“YELLOW CROCUS follows the poignant story of Elizabeth Wainwright born to prosperous plantation owners and her black nurse, Mattie. As Elizabeth grows up, she begins to learn what it means to own slaves and she has a difficult time reconciling her love for Mattie with the treatment that slaves endure throughout their lives. When she witnesses a horrific incident, Elizabeth must either accept it as part of life being a mistress of a plantation or change the course of her life.
The author weaves an engaging story flawlessly told between Elizabeth and Mattie's point of view. The bond they share will be tested and I found it hard to put the book down. I wanted to know what happened next. That's the greatest compliment I can give an author. Ms. Ibrahim had captured my full attention and even after I finished the book, I found myself thinking about it. The book is full of heartbreak, joy, unimaginable sorrow and happiness as the events in pre-Civil War are played out. Highly Recommended.
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
“Moments after her birth, Lisbeth Wainwright is entrusted to Mattie, an enslaved wet nurse who serves as Lisbeth's stand-in mother. And yet mothering Lisbeth tears Mattie away from her own baby, Samuel, who lives in the slave quarters. Eventually, Lisbeth is drawn into the white world, with a growing awareness of the inequality of her and Mattie's stations. Compelling book.”Bev wrote this review Monday, August 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this story about the relationship of a white plantation owners daughter and her slave nanny. There were many things that were heartbreaking and made me cry, but the story ends happy.”Juliet L wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book. I read it in a day. While it's not nearly as graphic or hard hitting in its portrayal of slavery as say Book of Negros, it is an interesting look at two women's lives. One is a young slave women who is taken from her infant son to be the wet nurse of the new baby in the "big house" and the other is the baby that we watch grow up.
I love stories about women's lives in different times and places and this one did not disappoint.”
“I really enjoyed YELLOW CROCUS. The main focus of the book is the relationship between Mattie, a slave, and Elizabeth, a child born to a plantation owner. This relationship was wonderful; although it is important to remember that Lisbeth felt closer to Mattie than to her own mother, but Mattie was commanded (as a slave) to leave her son and take care of Lisbeth.
The characters in the book were not fully developed, but the story line explained how slaves were treated, how they lived and felt about their lives, how plantation owners felt about their slaves, and how abolitionists came to be. This book was very emotional, and Lisbeth made some good choices in her life. I believe that the choices came from deep within Lisbeth and reflected the kind of person she was and not just the influence of Mattie and her family.”
“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 yet at the same time the book really manages to puts across the message that at heart this is a book about slavery as you see the difference in their lifestyles. You never forget that Mattie is a slave and that outside the "big house" life is very different. The author has obviously done her research well, the sections of the book focussed on the slaves quarters and the background information were very well thought out and really painted a good picture of what life was like for slaves in those times.
The book can be very moving, and I did feel a tad weepy at times. You really do feel for Mattie at some key moments in the story and share in her frustration that there is nothing she can do to change things that happen as she is totally powerless, being someone elses property and not a free woman. Lisbeth was a joy to read about, she grows up into a strong charactered beautiful woman, who most certainly knows the difference between right and wrong. Her life in fact is charmed until it comes to a point where she realises she has to make a life changing decision and accept the consequences of her choice, come what may.
It was very gripping quick reading with a well executed plotline; once you start reading you just want to carry on and my only disappointment was realising that I was 90% through the book and so close to finishing it. I really wanted the story to just go on and on because I was enjoying it so much. ”