Yellow Crocus, set in the antebellum era, tells the story of Hattie, an enslaved wet-nurse, living at Fair Oakes, a Virginia plantation, and the white baby she cares for, Lisbeth. Mattie’s own son, Samuel, is kept in the slave quarters. As Lisbeth grows, she views Mattie as a substitute mother, picking up the traditions and the customs that Mattie has taught her. Although the divide between master and servant begins to increase, Lisbeth finds herself drawn into the white world and begins to see that divide more clearly. After a series of events Mattie and Lisbeth apart, Mattie struggles between her love for Mattie and her parents’ expectations. Will the two ever regain the close bond they once shared?
This is an intensely emotional story, one that pulls at your heartstrings from start to finish. I absolutely loved it. A fast-paced read that will have you constantly turning the pages as you witness love, loss, a racial division and the effects it has on those caught up in the middle of it. I highly recommend this novel.