Golden Poppies

Golden Poppies From The Bestselling Author Of Yellow Crocus And Mustard Seed Comes The Empowering Novel Of Two Generations Of American Women Connected By The Past And Fighting For A Brighter Future It S Jordan Wallace And Sadie Wagoner Appear To Have Little In Common Jordan, A Middle Aged Black Teacher, Lives In Segregated Chicago Two Thousand Miles Away, Sadie, The White Wife Of An Ambitious German Businessman, Lives In Tolerant Oakland, California But Years Ago, Their Families Intertwined On A Plantation In Virginia There, Jordan S And Sadie S Mothers Developed A Bond Stronger Than Blood, Despite The Fact That One Was Enslaved And The Other Was The Privileged Daughter Of The Plantation S OwnerWith Jordan S Mother On Her Deathbed, Sadie Leaves Her Disapproving Husband To Make The Arduous Train Journey With Her Mother To Chicago But The Reunion Between Two Families Is Soon Fraught With Personal And Political ChallengesAs The Harsh Realities Of Racial Divides And The Injustices Of The Gilded Age Conspire To Hold Them Back, The Women Find They Need Each Other Than Ever Their Courage, Their Loyalty, And The Ties That Bind Their Families Will Be Tested Amid The Tumult Of A Quickly Changing Nation, Their Destiny Depends On What They Re Willing To Risk For Liberation

About the Author: Laila Ibrahim

My education and experience in multiracial, developmental psychology and attachment theory provide ample fodder for my novels My passion for early childhood education, child birth and religious education are reflected in my writing.I was the founder and director of Woolsey Children s School where I had first hand experience loving children that were not my own There are scenes in Yellow Crocus

10 thoughts on “Golden Poppies

  1. says:

    Such an amazing novel, and series The Golden Poppies is the third in the Lizabeth and Mattie series If you have not read Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed you need to purchase and read them immediately before reading The Golden Poppies This series has followed and white woman and her family, as well as a black female and her life on the plantation, then as an escaped slave.The two families have undoubtably always been there for the other, no matter the skin color and no questions asked Often they are questioned on their trust in the other, as the US is still in turmoil over slavery and women gaining rights and starting to speak up and out for themselves.Lizabeth had moved out west to California and had not seen Mattie in years, them still being in Chicago But one day a black negro male knocks on her door summoning her back to the east, with no time to spare Lizabeth doesn t think twice and heads back as soon as she can, with her daughter Sadie in tow.Mattie and Lizabeth act as if a day has not passed since they last saw each other, although time is of the essence currently Meanwhile, Jordan, daughter of Mattie and Sadie tiptoe around the other not quite understanding their mothers devotion towards each other Each clearly understands the color of the other s skin.Sadie s husband was not very approving of her going with her mother in the first place, and now it has been longer than just a week or so and as they attempt to return some of the railroad goes on strike, and trains are not moving in or out This delays them even further, however this delay may just turn into a godsend, as Jordan decides to make the leap and head West as well.There are promises of less racism and worry of the color of skin, but Jordan is still hesitant and not too trusting She will believe it when she sees it, as her past and her mother s past has proven you cannot trust anyone California does seem different, but the true colors of some still show through.Once again, both families need the other at some point to help and protect the other and soon Jordan and Sadie learn and come to understand their mothers friendship and devotion to the other It is heartfelt and it really does not matter what color their skin is in Lizabeth s eyes, as the families are connected than they know.Thank you so graciously to the author, Laila Ibrahim for putting these stories to paper so I can journey them as well I just love living with Lizabeth, Mattie, Jordan and Sadie during these times I will cherish the autographed arc I cannot say Thank You enough and I will eagerly be awaiting the next chapter in their lives.

  2. says:

    I m not sure why this series is not listed as a series This is the third book about Lisbeth and Mattie Yellow Crocus Lisbeth is born into privilege and Mattie is her enslaved wet nurseMustard Seed 1868, continues Lisbeth Mattie s storiesGolden Poppies 1894, the story continues with Lisbeth Mattie s children

  3. says:

    Her books are so easy to read, thorough enjoyment.

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this engaging book To see the history of this 1890 s was great, especially viewing that history through the lenses of women of different races, ages and life experiences That it was set in part in Oakland my home made it especially meaningful.This is the third in a series of books about two intertwined families one black and one white, starting before the Civil War I haven t read the first two books yet and I was pleased that Golden Poppies tells a story that stands on its own And it made me want to read the earlier books in this series, too.

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    A compelling believable historical novel of family, race and ethnic relationships told from the viewpoints of two women, one white, one black and the lasting bond that developed before the Civil War on a Southern plantation between their mothers, a white child and her slave nurse Against the backdrop of Oakland in the 1890 s, the women s suffrage movement, the racial tensions of Post Civil War America, the two women experience deep changes, one learning about her own strength and the other accepting that she cannot control the lives of her children A great book about motherhood.

  7. says:

    Laila Ibrahim displays in her fifth novel the same talent for telling a good story with moving characters that she showed in her earlier works Golden Poppies is a sequel to Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed, extending the stories of Mattie and Lisbeth and their descendants It is the 1890s and they have all moved to Oakland, California, a very different setting from Virginia and Ohio where they lived earlier The linked but contrasting fortunes of the Black and white characters are shown with great sensitivity The characters private lives birth, death and marriage are movingly portrayed, always with an awareness of the historical context Issues such as the dangers of passing for white, the different impact of labor unions on blacks and whites, the subtle and blatant insults faced by Blacks, and the complexity of Black women s involvement in the women s suffrage movement are all dealt with in ways that will surprise many readers Both teenagers and adults will enjoy this book.

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    This is the first book I have read by this author, and my goodness, what an incredibly beautiful and well written novel From the first pages, I was pulled right into the story and the lives of the four women that it covers There s something so poignant about a book that starts with death How can you not be drawn in and not care about the people who will be impacted by it The author s style is immersive we feel like we are living the story along with the characters.We are immediately caught up in this world that compares and contrasts the lives of a black mother and daughter and a white mother and daughter The families connection has existed for decades, since before the Civil War when the black family were slaves of the white family But the web of relationships for those who were a part of that terrible institution is complex and deeply meaningful to each person in those generations beyond what that original relationship was The younger generation has a hard time understanding how it can be so, but the author shows us with a light yet poignant touch.This book shows us the history of the times as it is lived through the lives of these women We get a sense of what the Gilded Age meant for both white and black people We see the suffragist movement through those twin lenses as well The strained race relations after the Civil War are deftly but delicately explored I always enjoy historical fiction, where we see how what happened during a tempestuous time affects the lives of characters especially ones like these who seem so real This was done so well here I actually lived just south of Oakland for 10 years, so it was interesting to see it as it may have been over a hundred years ago.This is such a beautifully well drawn story I will have to go back and look at the other two books in this series, but this book certainly stands on its own and can be read without having read the other two books If you enjoy historical women s fiction with well drawn characters and intense intergenerational relationships, you may very well enjoy this book as much as I did.My book blog

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