Historical Fiction

 August 1st was Emancipation Day in St. Lucia. I read The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

Some books are hard to read. The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson was one of those books.

Slavery was a horrible uncomfortable part of our history. But it was part of it. And as much as we want to hide the ugly parts of us, sometimes we need to just stare it in the face. We don’t give any power to it by looking at it, but we just need to recognize it for what it is. And by doing so, we can better understand the big picture. Why some things evolved the way they did.

Some say that we can’t move forward until we understand the past. But there are many successful people with no knowledge and no desire to learn about the past. Personally, I don’t believe that I need to understand the past to move forward. But, if I at least know it, the present, makes a lot more sense.

Throughout history, there have been good and bad people.

This book will change you. You will cry. You will swear. You will put it down and not want to pick it up again. And when you are done, you will need to purge yourself. It took me almost a week to start reading again.

All this said, The Yellow Wife was an awesome read! So well written, and well researched. Five Stars. My favorite historical fiction of the year. If this is out of your comfort zone, take the step. I hope you enjoy it.

And I promise a really wonderful romcom in November.

Until then, I hope you feel wordy…


Wanda Octave is the St. Lucian author of My life Interpreted. A novel of witty, thought provoking insights on life. When she is not writing or reading, she begrudgingly works in Real Estate and Marketing.