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Publisher's Summary

The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home.

Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jordan Freedman was born a slave to Mattie, Lisbeth's beloved nurse. The women have an unlikely bond deeper than friendship. Three years after the Civil War, Lisbeth and Mattie are tending their homes and families while Jordan, an aspiring suffragette, teaches at an integrated school.

When Lisbeth discovers that her father is dying, she's summoned back to the Virginia plantation where she grew up. There she must face the Confederate family she betrayed by marrying an abolitionist. Jordan and Mattie return to Fair Oaks, too, to save the family they left behind, who still toil in oppression. For Lisbeth, it's a time for reconciliation. For Jordan and Mattie, it's time for liberation.

As the Johnsons and Freedmans confront the injustice that binds them, as well as the bitterness and violence that seethes at its heart, the women must find the courage to free their families - and themselves - from the past.

©2017 Laila Ibrahim (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Outstanding *****

What a treat to return to the folks from Yellow Crocus, again I experienced so many emotions listening to this book! Not always pleasant, sometimes I was just so angry! The narration was absolutely excellent as was the story. I could hardly put it down. Definitely a must read!!! I’ll continue to look for additional books from the author and narrator. Amazing!

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Great Historical Fiction!

Thoroughly enjoyed this one! One of the best in a long time! Learn a lot, and kept me glued. As always, Bahni Turpin did an excellent job with performing the many characters. Definitely check it out!!!👍🏼😊

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Some stories shouldn't have a sequel.

The first book 'Yellow Crocus' was amazing. I was expecting this book to also be action packed. It was just 'blah'. Turpin always does a great job at performances but this wasn't her best. Sophie had a lisp at the beginning of the book and someone how Turpin didn't pronounce words with the lisp in the middle, and at the end, Sophie all of a sudden had the lisp again. There are some books that shouldn't be made into a sequel.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Nice continuation

Another enjoyable book underscoring the I!immorality of owning another person, by Laila Ibrahim. The characters are believable, the plot engaging. And Bonnie Turpin's narration is perfect. She has such a soothing lyracle voice which adds to the enjoyment of this book.

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A story of two families

Loved it. Virginia to Ohio. Couldn't stop listening. Would recommend it to a friend. More than friends.

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Excellent again!!!

Another amazing piece of work by both author and narrator! I hung on to every chapter and emotion as I listened to this story. You know it’s good when you feel like you know and are kin to the characters in the story (except for all of the villains). In the end, everyone (especially the villains) get their “just desserts” :)

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Wow

I read Yellow Crocus a couple of years ago and I loved it. Finding this second book, I had my doubts that it could compare. If you like emotional books that pull at your heart strings, you're going to love this book. The narrator did an awesome job of portraying all sides. Man, woman, brown or white. Overall, I loved it.

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Wonderful!

Laila Ibrahim has created a wonderful continuation of Yellow Crocus! It was so nice to be in the company of the characters again. I confess I have listened to the Yellow Crocus at least 3 times and this book was just as good and very satisfying.

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Beautiful

I read the first one and this one. Both were beautifully written and narrated. It felt as though I was going on this adventure with them. It is a page turner and great to listen to. Read it or listen to it today and enjoy!

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Awesome!!

I am a total fan. I didn't want Yellow Crocus to end and Mustard Seed didn't let me down. All characters blossomed for me. This novel was full of action, intensity and true friendship amongst Mattie's family and Lisbeth's family. Let me be clear their immediate family, husbands and children. These women have matured and their friendship is tested. They manage to still support one another even In the most difficult times.

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  • Jenny
  • 01-20-18

Highly recommended!

An excellent book with an excellent narrator. This is my third book by this author and I've enjoyed them all. Not knowing much about this time in American History, being British, these books have educated me through their powerful storylines. I was drawn into the characters lives and felt their anguish and pain. I was horrified at all the suffering the slaves endured, even the children, but the one thing that shone through the story was the strength of their faith in God. I would definitely recommend reading this for all the suffering the slaves endured hope shone through.

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  • Mrs.
  • 12-08-17

Great follow on from the Yellow Crocus

Where does Mustard Seed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high on the list.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mattie. A strong woman against all odds.

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favourite?

Jordan - an eye opener for her and me also.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely yes but it took me two.

Any additional comments?

After reading (not listening) to the Yellow Crocus was delighted to see there was a sequel. It didn't disappoint. Informative, heartbreaking storyline and part of history hopefully never repeated.

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  • karolplus
  • 01-22-18

Very good

Very interested and well written. Heart lifting book.It is an Interesting historical story of USA.