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READ PDF õ 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 I liked this book very much It s the third book in the Yellow Seeds series, but can be read as a stand alone.The story of Lisbeth and Mattie, one black, one white, continues in Jordan and Sadie and their families Depicted by them alternately, it shows the story of women and of black people at the end of the 19th century, It touches a variety of topics, including racism, passing, sexism and suffrage, but also general problems of people with their families.Well written and researched, I liked th I liked this book very much It s the third book in the Yellow Seeds series, but can be read as a stand alone.The story of Lisbeth and Mattie, one black, one white, continues in Jordan and Sadie and their families Depicted by them alternately, it shows the story of women and of black people at the end of the 19th century, It touches a variety of topics, including racism, passing, sexism and suffrage, but also general problems of people with their families.Well written and researched, I liked the overall relations of various women among the gaps of race and social status Though they can t always find their goals in life, they are staying together and helping eachother out.Looking forward to reading the first two books, and hope the story will continue Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review These books are not listed as a series because they can stand alone, but this is the third book about Lisbeth and Mattie You really should read them all It s so worth it The books are excellent and you get to know the history of the characters 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 These books are not listed as a series because they can stand alone, but this is the third book about Lisbeth and Mattie You really should read them all It s so worth it The books are excellent and you get to know the history of the characters 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 The ties that bind.Golden Poppies lays out a patchwork quilt of different interlocking pieces that tell the story of the human experience While the colors and patterns seem to compete for a dominance hierarchy, truth be told, one patch is no less valuable than the next in the scheme of things Each patch gets ruffled in the winds of time Each patch fades out over that same stretch of time exposed to all things that eventually erode the precious threads that hold us in place.It s April of 1894 The ties that bind.Golden Poppies lays out a patchwork quilt of different interlocking pieces that tell the story of the human experience While the colors and patterns seem to compete for a dominance hierarchy, truth be told, one patch is no less valuable than the next in the scheme of things Each patch gets ruffled in the winds of time Each patch fades out over that same stretch of time exposed to all things that eventually erode the precious threads that hold us in place.It s April of 1894 in Chicago as Jordan Wallace sits at the bedside of her dying mother, Mattie A similar quilt covers her tiny figure worn by age and by the harshness of her life Jordan s daughter, Naomi, is a trained nurse who hovers to the side Nothing prepares you for the letting go.On the west coast in California, Lisbeth Johnson and her daughter, Sadie Wagoner, are boarding a Pullman train that will take them to Chicago and to that room where Mattie lays on her death bed There s a history here between these two families Mattie served as a wet nurse and slave on Fair Oaks Plantation where Lisbeth was raised with luxury But there is a bond here that transcends circumstances, place, and time Jordan and Naomi will eventually move to Sacramento where their life stories will intertwine once again.I was not aware that this is the third book in this series It does read as a standalone I ve already ordered the first two books Laila Ibrahim takes us deeply into this storyline with America s leaning towards industrialization, urbanization, and creativity through invention We ll experience the signposts of the quests for civil rights, the pursuit of women s suffrage, the eradication of child labor, the non acceptance of domestic violence, and the freedoms of acceptance and the fulfillment of life to its fullest by all Some attained Some so terribly lacking even now.Golden Poppies reads as fiction laced with familiar and unfamiliar names throughout this time in history It makes me think of that quilt, once again, all sewn together in appealing sections on the front But if you turn it gently to the backside, there s tangled threads and knotted pieces reflecting the setbacks, the struggles, and the successes and failures that occur as one generation either rises upward from the previous generation or sets it on the road to ruination Only time will tell.I received a copy of Golden Poppies through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Lake Union Publishers and to Laila Ibrahim for the opportunity 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 th 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 areconnected 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