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Yellow Wife
Yellow Wife: A Novel | Sadeqa Johnson
Wholly engrossing, exquisitely researched, and so timely. Sadeqa Johnson brings a fresh telling to a story we think we already know, making it beautifully relatable and human. Riveting and suspenseful, I highly recommend this novel. Kathleen Grissom New York Times Bestselling author of The Kitchen House This harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia. Born on a plantation in Charles City Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a privileged life. Shielded by her mothers position as the plantations medicine woman, and cherished by the Masters sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world. Freedom on her eighteenth birthday has been promised to her, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known and unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devils Half-Acre, a jail where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day in Richmond, Virginia. There Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailors cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive Pheby will have to outwit him but soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.
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DLQBOOKNERD
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kellyann28
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It's been awhile since I did a #BookSpinBingo but I feel like getting back in the swing of it for July! Well see how I do. Currently reading Yellow Wife and The Paris Apartment

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kellyann28
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Cutting it close, I was not read for a new month! 😂 here is my #BookSpin list for July! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Kempfme
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This is an amazing look into prior civil war in the South. How races crossed yet were still treated poorly. I really enjoyed the attention to detail and character development. I would definitely recommend this read.

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This was such an incredible book. Pheby is promised her freedom on her 18th birthday. She‘s forced to leave the sheltered life she‘d been living and sent to the infamous Devils Half Acre. But Pheby is smart and she‘ll do what she must to survive. So powerful and at times a whole lot uncomfortable to realize just how brutal life was for the enslaved. Truly a book we should all read. #bookspin #mayreadinglist. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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Evita
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4.5 out of 5. A well written page turner! Some detailed harrowing scenes so check triggers before embarking on this reading journey.

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This was a great book if I do say so myself. Listening to the story and the narrator doing such a great job. I loved it, very well written and a book I would recommend.

nichollinlove I really liked the Author's Note as well. There was a lot of real history intertwined with the fiction. I learned a lot about a margin of women I didn't know existed prior to this book. 7mo
bookaholic1 @nichollinlove yes, I totally agree 7mo
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RenePenn
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This historical fiction was inspired by true events and people. Parts of it was really hard to read/listen to because of the violence and inhumanity, but it was well written and worth the read.

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nichollinlove
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I couldn't put this one down. As I tried to put myself in Pheby's shoes several times throughout, I knew I would never be able to come close to understanding that level of hell. My favorite stories combine truth and fiction and according to the Author's Note, this story has blended the two into delicate terror perfectly. I really appreciate the finality to the story in the epilogue that ties into real history.

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Bookpearl
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“The amount of mint to mix with cow manure to make tea fur consumption.”
I can‘t even begin to imagine…This book is soul stirring and will sit with me.
Excerpt From: Johnson, Sadeqa. “A Novel.” Simon & Schuster, 2021-01-12. Apple Books.
This material may be protected by copyright.

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Gissy
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Inspired by a true event, the author will recreate a story of how would be the life of Mary Lumpkin, a mixed race woman, who had 5 children with Robert Lumpkin, known for his cruelty during his period in that jail between 1844 to 1865. The author provides references of these events and explains what motivated her to write this story. So sad and I know it was worse in the real time. Love the story and the writing style. 4⭐️

Gissy Love the gifts because they were so related with the characters. I love that cover😍You will identify with Pheby 💛

February 2022 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

#FabulousFebruary #Readathon @Andrew65

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#2022ReadingGoals read book from old tbr
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 9mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 9mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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The story follows the story of a young woman who would go across any lengths to keep her children safe in the age of slavery

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Yellow Woman grabbed me from page 1 and didn't let go. A beautifully written and heartbreaking novel about American slavery. I shall never forget Pheby Delores Brown.

Book #1 2022 / Virginia

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Eggs Beautiful 💛💛 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous 💛📚 👗 12mo
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I love how Sadeqa Johnson read a sign on a historical marker on a nature trail and looked the couple up, then imagined this story based on that imagined life. How horrible to be a slave, and know your children‘s fates depended on preparing other slaves for the market. Pheby‘s story was rich and compelling. This historical novel shows a different view of plantation and slave life that‘s very detailed. Hard to read in places, but informative.

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DarkMina
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#86 of 2021. #juneholidayreads 6/20 #littenlisten #historicalfiction
Pheby was born to parents who were a slave and her master. She was treated a little bit better growing up due to this fact. After tragedy occurs, she is sent away from the plantation she grew up on and finds herself a common law wife. This is the story of what she endures to protect those she loves and hopefully be reunited with loved ones. This book was excellent. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

aperfectmjk I'm going to have to check this one out. Glad you liked it! 1y
Tera66 I've heard this is heartbreaking.💛 1y
DarkMina @Tera66 it is! 1y
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DarkMina
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#curiouscovers #yellow

My next audiobook for #littenlisten .

FelinesAndFelonies I really liked this one! I hope you enjoy it! 1y
DarkMina @FelinesAndFelonies Good to know. Hopefully I will. Thanks! 1y
Eggs Beautiful 🧡📒🌼💛 1y
aperfectmjk Hey @DarkMina, this also fits the prompt for Juneteenth on the June Holiday Reads Challenge. You would get another 10 points when you finish it.

Here's a link to the other prompts if you need them. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jlCcPX1xnC77QYxR7MCxFISiHHtD5MqWkDS7phby...
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DarkMina @aperfectmjk Good point. Thanks! 1y
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amsu311
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It was a difficult to finish this. Not sure whether to feel pity or angry.

#GoodReads2021Challenge

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Yellow Wife is set in pre-Civil War Virginia. Pheby is the daughter of a slave but has been promised freedom on her 18th birthday. As a result of a series of tragedies, Pheby finds herself witnessing evil in the form of her common law husband. Brutality is on full display. Racism, hate, culture, & colorism are revealed through Pheby's emotional tale. Truly one of the most incredible books I've read. Entirely worthy of ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Add it to your TBR.

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jploves2read
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So I finally finished this book. It was a tough read to be honest and TBH 1 I don‘t normally read/enjoy historical fiction 2. I don‘t enjoy historical fiction set in slavery times. Despite this not being my normal genre I did enjoy this book. I could tell it was based on a true story and it was well written. The pacing at times was a bit off for me but overall it was good. Thankfully my cousins loves this genre and I will pass the book on to her.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I'm halfway through and simply LOVING this book. 💛

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Samary
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lowellette
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Lots of action in this book about a slave wife to a slave jailer. I could only listen to it in batches. It was hard to listen to for too long. I really like how the author came to the story and what she did with it.

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Samary
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So good, be aware of triggers though! The only real problem I had was it felt too short! I want more. Not a bad problem to have 😁 I also recommend reading the author‘s notes at the end, she talks about her inspiration and research for the book.

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Samary
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A little outdoor reading today! Dogs playing in the yard while my heart gets ripped out of my chest. #readerlife

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This was a real disappointment. The writing was graceful but this book lacked weight. After reading The Prophets (5 🌟) this was a let down. I would like to read some of this authors other work, but this was a miss for me. 2.5 🌟

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Cathyloves2read
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This is why I love belonging to book clubs! I don‘t know if I would have wandered upon this gem if it hadn‘t been recommended.This is a story of a brave woman who made many important and decisions in order for her children to survive.The travesties that the slaves endured were difficult to read about.The author did a wonderful job of describing this horribly difficult time.Thank you again to the Sharon Virts Bookclub for this months selection.

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MsMelissa
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Set in 1850s Virginia, this is the story of Pheby, a young woman who is sold to the owner of a notorious jail for slaves known as the Devil‘s Half-Acre. The novel was inspired by real life people and places, and was often difficult to read given the subject matter. My only issue with the book was the ending, which felt too abrupt. The novel isn‘t long, so I think another few chapters would have brought better closure to Pheby‘s story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Nice review! I have this one stacked already 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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Cathyloves2read
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The opening quote in Yellow Wife. It sure got me thinking...

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MsMelissa
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Hello Littens!

I had a bit of a crazy week and spent more time unwinding by watching The Great Canadian Baking Show with my daughter than by reading. I did manage to finish two books—The Night Swim by Megan Goldin, which I liked, and One By One by Ruth Ware, which is my least favourite of Ware‘s books.

Pictured is my current read. We are under another stay at home order, so my only plans outside work hours are to read and watch baking shows 🍰

bookaholic1 Love The Canadian Baking Show...was happy with who won this year 2y
MsMelissa @bookaholic1 We started season three last night (I think it is the most recent one?). I already have my favourite and I hope she‘s the one who wins 🤞🏻 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good plan 👍🏻❤️take care X 2y
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LeahBergen My husband and I have been watching more cooking series than ever lately. 😆 2y
bookaholic1 @MsMelissa The fourth one just finished. The Great British is good too 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Be safe! 2y
MsMelissa @Cathythoughts I hope you are keeping well 😊 2y
MsMelissa @LeahBergen Tonight we are switching from baking shows to watch Food Truck Wars 😂 2y
MsMelissa @CoverToCoverGirl Same to you. My daughter is one spring break (moved from March) and won‘t likely be going back in-person unless cases drop significantly over next few days. I‘m working from home so now have no reason to leave my house most days. 2y
CoverToCoverGirl @MsMelissa Thanks! I own a small business so no working from home for me, you‘re blessed. We have been extremely lucky so far..but our cases are rising and part of our province is in lockdown, with HUGE concerns in our zone along with another zone. I fear that things are out of control and a portion of the public just refuses to acknowledge it and continues to go about business as usual. Anti masking protests going on in the lockdown area.. 2y
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This quote is in the introduction to the tagged book. Very powerful

Crazeedi ❤ Wilberforce 2y
Cathythoughts Brilliant quote ! Book sounds good 👍🏻 stacked 2y
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BeaG
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Heartbreaking, powerful and a bluntly written novel. It made me gasp at times and I felt the pain of the main character. One of the best novels I‘ve ever read.

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Blh87
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I finished this a few days ago on a work trip. It was such a good book...it hurt my heart, but so very good.

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LiteraryGuru1
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This is my current read. It‘s a page turner so far.

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Blh87
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Moving on to this book that I got from Once Upon a Bookclub!

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whatkhrysreads
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Great story, very well written.

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Floresj
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Great historical fiction novel about a slave who makes choices to protect her family and those she loves. Graphic and quick moving, Yellow Wife gives voice to those who didn‘t have choices. Great read for a snowy afternoon!

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This is a tough one to review. I give it a pick because it is so well written, impeccably researched, the characters so fully realized. But be warned going into it, this is a frank and honest depiction of life at the Devil's Half Acre, a slaving post in Richmond VA. It pulls no punches in showing the cruelty and devastation in such a place. Many passages are extremely difficult to read.

ShelleyBooksie Sounds like a deep one! 2y
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EmilyM
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This book was excellent! I was swept up into the story immediately and it did not let up. I felt the ending was a little rushed, but that is my only issue. Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Finally getting to my latest #onceuponabookclubbox my daughter read it straight through, she loved it so much, so I‘m looking forward to it. Plus. Presents. I love these things! #ouabcVIP I have a discount code if anyone needs it!

Deblovestoread I just finished this one today on audio. It is a good read but pretty brutal in some parts. 2y
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Unfortunately this was the first book in along time I had to bail on. I got to chapter 4—the author writes wonderfully but that being said the subject matter was too much for me.

LatrelWhite Yeah it‘s ruff but such a courageous women. It‘s a powerful book! 2y
SerenaCrawford It is very powerful. The author writes extremely well—I just could not read the subject matter. Unfortunately. 2y
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Bookpearl
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I was quite cozy this morning with my coffee and Yellow Wife by @sadeqasays I don‘t know what‘s going to happen as I‘m still pretty early in this read but I can say, run not walk and pick your copy up soon. P.S. Shout to my baby sis for putting me onto this amazing coffee. #readsoullitphotochallenge #sadeqajohnson #cozy

DanaManiac I can‘t wait for my hold to be ready from the library. It sounds great! 2y
Bookpearl @DanaManiac I can‘t wait for you either! It‘s good but heavy and I would love to hear your thoughts. 2y
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LatrelWhite
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🎧A library hold just came through!😃

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I highly recommended this well-written slave narrative. Told from the first person point of view, readers will follow the development of protagonist Pheby Delores Brown. She‘s a mulatto slave who can read books and maps and plays piano beautifully. She has high hopes of being set free for her 18th birthday, but that doesn‘t happen. Read to find out what happens next... The suspense is palpable. It is trauma filled so beware.

SerenaCrawford Thank you for honest review —I just started reading 2y
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My sister sent this box from Once Upon A Time Book Club to me as a birthday present. In addition to the tagged book, the box has little gifts to open when you reach specific pages. I love this idea!

BennettBookworm That‘s so clever!! 2y
BookwormM Ohh sounds good 2y
Crazeedi 💗💗💗💗 2y
monkeygirlsmama Funsies! 2y
SerenaCrawford I just started reading tonight I love that first gift is on page 19!!!! 2y
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Grim but gorgeous take on an enslaved woman‘s life at the famous Richmond slave jail known as the Devil‘s Half Acre, making the best choices she can for herself, her children and her captured lover in the most dire, deadly circumstances. Hard to read at times but a powerful story of courage.

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Grizzlan
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My current read. So good so far!

SerenaCrawford Just started tonight 2y
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Warning: sexual assault and n word
This historical fiction story follows the real life story of Mary Lumpkin and the horrid Devils Acre. Well researched. I recommend reading up on them
Phelby went from being the daughter of her master and medicine slave to being put in her mothers same position in the next Big House. She does what she can to survive. None to pretty; a cold splash of reality of pre-civil war. Monroe‘s story broke my heart
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Beatlefan129 Did you get this book in a box where you‘re supposed to open little gifts when you get to certain pages? I just got this as a birthday present and it looks so fun 2y
Bookish_Gal @Beatlefan129 yes I did! Once upon a book club. It‘s a great book box full of fun stuff that makes the books pop 2y
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