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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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Enthralling!

I loved this sequel to Yellow Crocus....found it difficult to turn it off! Hoping there is a sequel to Mustard Seeds!

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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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Very good

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

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  • Dorothy
  • 16-04-2018

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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  • KimR
  • 17-11-2017

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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  • veebeethefirst
  • 06-03-2019

Excellent historical fiction

As a novel, this book was not as spellbinding as the prequel Yellow Crocus. However, this book was full of historical facts which was perfect for a history buff like me. And no, it does not describe a glorious portion of our history, but it is the truth and should not be hidden or diluted. The reader was excellent, especially with her authentic accents and pronunciation.

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  • Patti lee
  • 22-07-2019

Good audio read.

Enjoyed this story about strong caring courageous people. Readers were good putting life into story

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  • Mary Daughtry
  • 10-04-2018

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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  • Traci
  • 13-12-2020

Yellow Crocus Pt 2

This was a great way to share the untold parts of reconstruction. enjoyed the storyline.

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  • Latasha
  • 10-03-2019

Good story

Enjoyed the first book more but this was still a good book, a little hard to follow every now and then, even still this is a nice read

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  • Debbie
  • 02-01-2019

Post Civil War Virginia and Ohio

A faith filled story of risk and hope . . . and the GOOD that can and will grow when you feed the right spirit within. As a southerner, my heart broke for the pain and wrong suffered by these precious families. None of my family was ever involved in slavery and I've never known anyone personally who was. I'm thankful for brave individuals, like Lisbeth who chose RIGHT over rhetoric. I'm thankful for a body of Christ that embraces all of God's children. And I am very appreciative of writers like Laila Ibrahim who writes books of compassion, truth and enlightenment for us all.

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  • Susie Wardhaugh
  • 16-04-2018

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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  • Vik
  • 18-11-2017

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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  • JANEYBABY
  • 01-11-2019

The mustard seed

Great narrator. Enjoyed the story after reading the last book it was good to hear how the characters developed and progressed.

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  • Yellow
  • 22-04-2021

Enjoyed this book especially the performance

I bought this book because I enjoyed the performance of Bahni Turpin on Yellow Crocus. Enjoyed this book. A story of coincidences which shed a light on the post slavery world of the South. How the North failed the Southern blacks by not enjoining their full freedoms. How the inability of the former slave owners to accept the new reality set the stage for Jim Crow South. Stories of the displaced African Americans in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War are few. This help us to understand how black families fought to be reunified. We see the cost of war on both sides. See the genesis of the prison industrial complex that criminalise black men without cause with false accusations. How somethings have not changed even in the 21st century. We come to understand how slavery has define modern day USA even in 2021

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-2021

I continue to really enjoy this ongoing story

The first in tempos series really caught my attention & this second part contours the harrowing story of slavery, whilst also showing the hope of the post-slavery era.
I’m very much looking forward to listening to the third book.

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  • Julie.
  • 25-01-2021

Amazing

This is a fantastic second book. could not stop listening to it. hope you enjoy

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  • Maggie G
  • 28-12-2020

loved it as much as the previous book !

It was great to have a follow up to Matty and Elizabeth's story. Enjoyed getting to know their children and seeing the affect the difference had made following the war.
Narration brilliant. if you enjoyed the first book I highly recommend this follow up.


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  • Sigrin
  • 04-12-2020

Wonderful sequel to Yellow crocus


This beautiful book follows on beautifully from Yellow cocus. You could read it as a stand alone book but personally I think it’s best read in order.

The characters are full rich and powerfully embodied, even the ones you don’t like.
This book picks up in the post slavery and abolition times, but things haven’t changed much down south. Elizabeth and Matthew have a new life in Ohio, but circumstances have her visiting her family and they and their friends are still as despicable as ever.

Bahni Turpin reads this with her gentle and soft accent, personally I do not like an American accent, however Bahni pours herself into your ears for a rich enjoyable listen.

Thank you and I highly recommend.

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  • Jacqui L
  • 13-10-2020

okay

Was really looking forward to this one after the first book Yellow Crocus, which I really loved. Unfortunately the story was not very believable, it lacked substance and the ending was a bit meh. I wouldn't recommend to anyone for those reasons.

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  • Niya
  • 07-05-2020

So much

A wonderful follow to the first book that weaves together the perspectives of those within and of the revolution. A tapestry of bitter sweet truths that observes the interconnection of us all.

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  • Jackstarliner
  • 05-02-2020

Frustratingly good!

I enjoyed the journey of Lisbeth and Madden. the author managed to cleverly describe pain, frustration and joy in some of the most dire scenes. I'm mentally drained by the first and second books, in a good way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-11-2019

Good follow up to Yellow Crocus

I’m glad I chose to purchase this audible title.
In gave good closure to the first book.
However Bahni Turpins’ interpretation of a 6 year old girl needs wool.

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