Review: Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

Trolling through Net Galley, I found this great read (its been out since 2010). “Yellow Crocus” is the story of a young girl, Lisbeth Wainwright, and her beloved childhood nurse, the slave Mattie. Lisbeth is given to Mattie shortly after birth for nursing (Mattie is taken from her own little son, Samuel) and she grows to love Mattie more than her own mother. Mattie loves Lisbeth in turn, and struggles to seek freedom for her family. In time, Mattie is sent back to the slave quarters and Lisbeth tries to become the young woman that her family and Antebellum Southern society demands of her. In time she must make a life-changing decision – a decision that will affect her family’s life going forward.

I just loved this book! I love reading about this period in history, and I wished the book had continued to and through the Civil War as I was hoping to see Mattie’s character develop through adulthood and into old age. At times in the beginning of the book it felt a little bogged down with totally accurate but minute details of breast-feeding – it pulled me from the flow of the story a bit. Overall, though, I loved the characters, the writing, and the storyline.

Thanks, Net Galley and Flaming Chalice Press for my copy!

One thought on “Review: Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim

  1. Hello Beth,

    Thank you for taking the time to read and review Yellow Crocus. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it. Writing it was a labor of love for me. I am always heartened to read that I did justice to Mattie and Lisbeth’s story.

    I appreciate you telling your readers about Yellow Crocus. I enjoy calling into book clubs if any of your followers would like to arrange for that. Thanks for what you do to promote books and reading.

    Best wishes,


    Laila Ibrahim

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