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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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Part TWO

Couldn't stop listening to this! My dog got extra long walks this week so I could finish it. What a roller-coaster of emotion.
It's the second part of the story of Mattie (a slave) and Lisbeth (the white daughter of a wealthy plantation owner) that began in Yellow Crocus. Make SURE to read that book first or you won't be able to truly appreciate this one.
I have listened to other books narrated by Bahni Turpin and she nails it every time. I don't know how, as an African-American, she can bear to constantly read books about the evil that was slavery, but she certainly brings the characters to life!
The story of Mattie's and Lisbeth's families is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting. I've read other books before that took place in the slave era - what's different about this one is that it portrays the types of struggles and challenges that both black and white families would have faced in the aftermath of the civil war. As a Canadian, I had never learned much about that, or given it much thought before. The Confederacy lost - but that didn't mean the wealthy white property owners just accepted their defeat. The cruelty continued, just in new creative ways... I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about how awful it must have been - both for the blacks who were supposedly 'free' but really weren't, and for whites who took the Union side and faced wrath and shunning from their families and communities.
I'm hoping there will be a Part 3, since the ending leaves a lot open to wonder what will happen next. But I won't say more about that for fear of giving too much away,

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New view of the South post Civil War

The author was a great story teller, covering the events in Virginia after the War. I saw threw the eyes of the southerners the devastation of the war. Also it showed how the practice of Slavery did not really end in the minds of so many. They found ways around the law to continue its use by corruption of the local officials. It was also through a woman’s eyes which I enjoyed, great read!

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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.

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Quick light read.

I call this a popcorn book. Entertaining story if you aren’t worried about historical accuracy. Well performed.

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Touching Story

Being from the South, I am careful reading books involving the War Between the States. I liked the reviews on this book. I was delighted that it represented both sides in a positive manner as well as showing the angry remnants of the War.

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emotional

This book takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through the post emancipation proclamation south. The writer brings each character to life then the narrator makes you feel them. Well worth the purchase.

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A Fitting Sequel to Yellow Crocus

The story is simply written and told well. The publisher's description is better than mine would be. Although the book is complete within in itself, the storyline and most of the characters and locations were introduced in Yellow Crocus, and I believe this book is more enjoyable to someone who has read or listened to it first. Bahni Turpin narrates this book well, providing a variety of voices suitable to the characters.

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Not as good as Yellow Crocus

I was a little disappointed as to this being the sequel to Yellow Crocus. That was such a well written book so I expected this read to be at the same level. It lacked surprise and seemed rushed a little. There wasn’t a climax really. It wasn’t terrible, just not as good as I expected.

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Love it!

I listened to the two books back to back and I loved it! I have come to care for the people in this series, and I'll miss them.

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  • sunflower
  • 07-21-18

Magnificent

Great follow-up to Yellow Crocus. Story, content and Bahni Turpin (reading) couldn’t be bettered. Leila Ibrahim “knows” her subject, Bahni “knows” the people - both knew how to speak their lives. Lived with and breathed both the books, while Audibling them...

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  • Mrs Le More
  • 06-23-18

A worthy sequel to Yellow Crocus

Mustard Seed started a bit slow, but I persevered and was rewarded with so many twists and turns. I loved it - amazing. And the narration by Bahni Turpin really brings it to life. I have read a lot of books about black history, but his book has made me want to find out more about the period after emancipation, as this was when it was set. Black people were supposed to be free, but that time was still fraught with trouble.

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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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  • Cally
  • 02-28-18

Incredible Sequel to Yellow Crocus

Loved this book!! Not quite as gripping as Yellow Crocus but still an incredible follow up to the harrowing events from the first book. If you haven’t already, you MUST read yellow crocus, it’s truely inspired.

And Bahni, i could listen to her read the phone book, she has a voice like honey!

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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.