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  • Scarlet Carnation

  • A Novel
  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

In an early twentieth-century America roiling with racial injustice, class divides, and WWI, two women fight for their dreams in a galvanizing novel by the bestselling author of Golden Poppies.

1915. May and Naomi are extended family, their grandmothers’ lives inseparably entwined on a Virginia plantation in the volatile time leading up to the Civil War. For both women, the twentieth century promises social transformation and equal opportunity.

May, a young white woman, is on the brink of achieving the independent life she’s dreamed of since childhood. Naomi, a nurse, mother, and leader of the NAACP, has fulfilled her own dearest desire: buying a home for her family. But they both are about to learn that dreams can be destroyed in an instant. May’s future is upended, and she is forced to rely once again on her mother. Meanwhile, the white-majority neighborhood into which Naomi has moved is organizing against her while her sons are away fighting for their country.

In the tumult of a changing nation, these two women - whose grandmothers survived the Civil War - support each other’s quest for liberation and dignity. Both find the strength to confront injustice and the faith to thrive on their chosen paths.

©2022 Laila Ibrahim (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Scarlet Carnation

As always, a beautiful chapter in the lives of Lisbeth and Mattie’s intertwined families. I cried listening to one particular chapter because it so reminded me of my own experience. If you’ve read or listened to the preceding books, you’ll really enjoy this one.

Bahni Turpin is one of my favourite narrators and she continues this story wonderfully as expected. My only criticism is the extended pauses throughout the book. I believe it to be an editing issue, though rather than a narration issue.

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  • 22-05-22

Good ending to the series

I don't feel that this book was as good as the first two. I do like the way that the story story as a whole started and ended with Elizabeth. I feel that the first two novels had more to say and did it in a more clear way. I did enjoy this book and feel more enlightened after reading this series.

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  • Snapshot Sally
  • 17-04-22

Story and narration great - editing is lacking

I have listened to the other books in this series and loved them! I loved the story line of this one, but there is something wrong with the editing. When they trimmed and pieced together the recording, they left gaps just a smidge too long - maybe and extra second or two. This results in odd pauses in conversations or narratives, leading me to pull out my phone and figure out if it paused accidentally (it did not).

Please clean up these odd pauses for future listeners and it will be wonderful!

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  • Fuzzy Urchin
  • 03-08-22

Revisionist history

The book hails Margaret Sanger as a hero while eschewing (rightfully so) eugenics. So which is it? You can’t have it both ways.

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  • 11-07-22

Lack Luster

This author and narrator are usually awesome, not so much this time. The story was flat

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  • Brenda K. Brown
  • 16-05-22

Lone Star of Texas

I read them all and each book is connected and a uniquely symbolic flower. Characters are craftly scented. Great read.