Book Review | Yellow Crocus
Title: Yellow Crocus: A Novel
Author: Laila Ibrahim
Yellow Crocus is an amazing read. I started it while I was sitting outside with my girls thinking that I would only get a chapter or two read, but I couldn’t put it down. I finished the book within a twenty-four hour period of time. I absolutely loved this book.
Ibrahim opens and closes the book with a prologue and epilogue that are done in first person, but the rest of the book is done in third person. Normally, this would drive me nuts, but because of the message of the book it had to be done this way and it added so much depth to the already moving story.
I instantly loved Mattie. My heart broke for her as she gives up time with her own son to be a wet nurse to her master’s child. It was fascinating to read as the love she felt for her little white charge, Lisbeth, grew to be as much as the love she had for her own son.
With Lisbeth it was not an instant love, but that was mainly due to the fact that she was a sheltered child who was naïve to the way the world was around her. As she grew up and her eyes became open to the oppression and downright horrifying conditions, I couldn’t help but love her as well.
The best thing for me about this book though, was the ending. It’s so rare that I feel as satisfied with the ending of a book as I did with Yellow Crocus. It wasn’t wrapped up with a pretty little bow because that would have been unrealistic to the time period, but it did create closure for the characters that I had grown to love. It truly is an amazing read.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*