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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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By KimR on 11-17-17

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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By M. Ryder on 01-25-18

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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By Jenny on 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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By Mrs. on 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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By karolplus on 01-22-18

Very good

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

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