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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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Dorothy on 04-16-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By sunflower on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs Le More on 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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4 out of 5 stars
By Cally on 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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4 out of 5 stars
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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