Yellow Wife audiobook review

By Sadeqa Johnson
Narrated by Robin Miles 

January 2021 Group Selection



Motivation to Move: 4.9 Sneakers
Quality of Narration: 4.8 Sneakers
Overall Experience: 4.9 Sneakers
Moving and listening time: 9 hours 31 minutes


Having the opportunity to chat directly with authors makes us fall in love with their books even more. And that’s precisely what happened with Sadeqa Johnson’s book, Yellow Wife.

Yellow Wife is a masterful piece of historical fiction inspired by Sadequa’s family’s visit to the Richmond Slave Trail along the James River in Virginia. When we spoke with Sadeqa, she shared how a Mary Lumpkins trail marker kept calling her psyche back. We’re so glad she listened because the novel is brilliantly researched and soulfully written.

You can find more information and pictures of the Slave Trail on our FaceBook Discussion Group Page. Simply search the Yellow Wife through the spyglass at the top right of the FaceBook page.

Sadeqa creates a narrative through the fictional character’s eyes, Pheby Delores Brown, who becomes the yellow wife to the notoriously cruel owner of the Devil’s Half Acre jail. Pheby may be fictional, but we get a glimpse of what life may have been like for the real Mary Lumpkins as she navigates motherhood through the narrative. This is a must-listen audiobook for fans of historical fiction; Robin Miles, Audie Award winner of Best Female Narrator of 2020, is outstanding!

You can find the replay of our Heart and Soul Book Chat with Sadeqa Johnson and Robin Miles to benefit The Sacred Ground Project here.


Here’s what our members had to say about Yellow Wife:

“Finished The Yellow Wife today. I couldn’t turn it off, and at the same time, it was such a heavy story. I highly recommend it.”

“The book was awesome and the narration incredible…Out of all the audiobooks, this was the best… I had to keep going (moving). I had to know what was going to happen next … beautiful story.”

“The ending of The Yellow Wife makes me wish there was a sequel.”

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