Yellow Wife

Yellow Wife

In the tradition of Wench and Twelve Years a Slave, 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 Brown was promised her freedom on her eighteenth birthday. But when her birthday finally comes around, instead of the idyllic life she was hoping for with her true love, she finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half-Acre, a jail where slaves are broken, tortured, and sold every day. Forced to become the mistress of the brutal man who owns the jail, Pheby faces the ultimate sacrifice to protect her heart in this powerful, thrilling story of one slave’s fight for freedom.

Title:Yellow Wife
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982149109
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    Yellow Wife Reviews

  • Tina

    This is a Historical Fiction book. This book takes place in the South (Virginia, but some of the places talked about in the book is in North Carolina) during the time people had slaves. We follow youn...

  • Annette

    This story is inspired by the story of Mary Lumpkin and Lumpkin’s jail in Richmond, Virginia.Bell Plantation, Charles City, Virginia, 1850. Pheby Delores Brown, after losing her mother and after bro...

  • Bookishrealm

    Whew this isn't an easy read, but it's a necessary read. I don't think I really even read the summary of this book before diving in and part of me wished I would have. It didn't take away from the imp...

  • Terrie Robinson

    "Yellow Wife" by Sadeqa Johnson is beautifully written African American Historical Fiction! Pheby Delores Brown is born a slave on the Bell Plantations in Charles City, Virginia. Her mother the planta...

  • Vonda

    A beautifully written historical fiction set mostly in Virginia 1850. This one touches on so many raw emotions ....love, hate, resentment, fright, loss, family whether it be conventional or not. Well ...

  • Linda

    Dealing with the same Hell.Just different devils.....Sadeqa Johnson presents a solid, walking-over-broken-glass historical fiction novel centered on plantation life in Charles City, Virginia. To her w...

  • Natalie ?? The Biblioholic ??

    I'm finding it impossible to stop thinking about this book! Pheby's story has had a firm grip on my heart from its opening lines and it seems to have no intention of letting me go.At seventeen, she wa...

  • Karren  Sandercock

    Pheby Delores Brown lives with her mama in the slave quarters at Bell Plantation she’s an herb woman and spins cotton. Master Jacob promised Pheby her freedom on her eighteenth birthday, when he’s...

  • Dana

    My first 5 star read of 2021! Yellow Wife is beautifully written, absolutely heartbreaking and will stay with me for a very long time. I was completely captivated by the first page and couldn't put th...

  • Candie

    This is one of those books that will literally stay with you forever. It was absolutely heartbreaking, extremely graphic and made me feel sick to my stomach, but I could not put it down. My heart was ...