Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Spotlight and Giveaway: Scarlet Carnation

Laila Ibrahim's latest historical fiction novel, Scarlet Carnation, published last week. We are pleased to feature it today and we have a link to an excerpt, as well. Thanks to Wunderkind PR, we have one copy for a lucky reader!

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.

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.

Check out an excerpt from Scarlet Carnation!

Laila Ibrahim is the bestselling author of Golden Poppies, Paper Wife, Mustard Seed, and Yellow Crocus. She spent much of her career as a preschool director, a birth doula, and a religious educator. That work, coupled with her education in developmental psychology and attachment theory, provided ample fodder for her novels.

She’s a devout Unitarian Universalist, determined to do her part to add a little more love and justice to our beautiful and painful world. She lives with her wonderful wife, Rinda, and two other families in a small cohousing community in Berkeley, California. Her young adult children are her pride and joy.

Laila is blessed to be working full-time as a novelist. When she isn’t writing, she likes to take walks with friends, do jigsaw puzzles, play games, work in the garden, travel, cook, and eat all kinds of delicious food. 

Visit Laila online:
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15 comments:

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Lindsey said...

A dream I would love to have fulfilled is to be able to visit Italy.

Padmini Rao said...

My dream is to learn Spanish by living in Mexico and taking an immersion class

traveler said...

Living at a beach and enjoying the beauty and surroundings.

Mary C said...

Owning a home.

Anita Yancey said...

My dream was that I would be 18 again.

Mary Preston said...

I'd like to be paid to read.

diannekc said...

My dream is to move back to Michigan.

Emily Catan said...

Since I was a young adult, I have been dreaming t visit 7 wonders of the worlds.. I know there have been some changes made to the nowadays 7 wonders, but I haven't sopped dreaming to visit them. I have been to some but there are some that I haven't visited yet.

bn100 said...

travel

Peggy Russo said...

My dream is to own a little vacation home at the beach where my children and grandchildren would spend summers with me.

Lisa D said...

I would like to own and run my own cattery.

Nancy P said...

It's a long shot probably but it would be nice to find my one true love. LOL

Lelandlee said...

To walk again

Xia Lee said...

To move back home