☕️ Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim ☕️
TITLE: Yellow Crocus
AUTHOR: Laila Ibrahim
PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing
RATING: ☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️ Historical Fiction
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 company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father. As she grows older, Mattie becomes more like family to Lisbeth than her own kin and the girl’s visits to the slaves’ quarters—and their lively and loving community—bring them closer together than ever. But can two women in such disparate circumstances form a bond like theirs without consequence? This deeply moving tale of unlikely love traces the journey of these very different women as each searches for freedom and dignity.
Most times when reading historical fictions that focus on slavery, it is especially difficult to get through. Sometimes it’s romanticized, other times made to feel as if it were no big deal. Another thing is when the author is not African American. This story is told through the eyes of Mattie (wet-nurse) and Lisbeth (her charge). The backbone of the African families is displayed as, Mattie’s own child was left in the care of others as she attended to the care of Elizabeth. It is juxtaposed with the needs placed on the people in the ‘big house’. Lisbeth’s close ties to Mattie and her family raise her awareness of the inequality suffered by the slaves and as the book advances, it impacts the choices she makes. This book didn’t contain the explicit graphic nature usually displayed in stories of this nature. It pulls at the heart-strings and is well-written for a first time author.