Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim

Mustard Seed

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 w...

Details Mustard Seed

TitleMustard Seed
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Mustard Seed

  • Sepani
    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Mustard seed is a wonderful novel that captured my heart. This story conveys how people had created disparities between their skin color and how the slavery in past America had created a harsh background for the dark skinned people.The author has managed to express the strong bond between Lisbeth (fair skinned) and Mattie (dark skinned and Lisbeth's beloved nur...
  • Elizabeth
    What an incredible book! And I mean that sincerely! I would give "Mustard Seed" 10 stars if I could. This book is so apropos to what is going on in our country today. It gave me a lot to think about personally and a huge amount of "uncomfortableness" (I know that's not a word) with the world I live in. The story itself takes place in post Civil War in Ohio and Virginia thus showing the differences between North and South after the War. I will not...
  • Deanne Patterson
    This is the second book in the series after Yellow Crocus. It's great to catch up with the family and how things are now. When Lisbeth Johnson,who was born into privilege in the antebellum South is called back home by her mother she must go,her father is dying. She is estranged from her family, their beliefs are not her own and she made a clean break when she married. Her family believes in slavery and all that entails and she knows it's wrong. F...
  • Lindsay Nixon
    I’m so glad I read this book. It was the perfect selection for Black History Month. Given the subject matter, it’s too uncomfortable for me to say “I loved this book”. There are many difficult parts to the story, but the main theme is love and faith, which is what I enjoyed. I also felt reading this story helped further my education and understanding of American history. Although this is fiction, the story is not. There are thousands of p...
  • Maureen Timerman
    As I turned the final page of this book, I know this book will long linger with me. Now this is the second book in this series, and yes I recommend that you read “Yellow Crocus”, you won’t be disappointed. While this story brings our main characters back to Virginia the first book was during the Civil War and we followed them out.With this story the author has us returning to Virginia, and all the while I’m screaming to myself “No”, I...
  • Andie
    Told from alternating points of view, this is the continuing story of a beautiful, enduring friendship, set in a just-post Civil War America, moving from a hopeful Ohio back to the crumbled Confederacy lingering in Virginia. Jordan was born a slave to Lisbeth’s nurse on the Fair Oaks plantation. The two girls developed a deep bond of real friendship in that place of subjugation. A place they left together, both women leaving family behind for a...
  • Chesney
    Mustard Seed is the continuing story of Lizbeth and Mattie. I would highly recommend reading Yellow Crocus to really understand this epic story. This takes place after The Civil War where both Lizbeth and Mattie are facing different battles of their own. You hear from two different perspectives being Lizbeth and Mattie's daughter Jordan. The injustice these women faced and the prejudice of people was so heartbreaking to read. I love how Lizbeth s...
  • Susan Peterson
    Mustard Seed is an emotional, captivating story of faith and family, and how those two things can help us through the darkest of times. The book takes place three years after the end of the Civil War, and it is a stirring account of what conditions were like for former slaves and their owners at that time. Three strong, brave, loving women are at the center of this story; women who left the South before the war began, women who believe that condi...
  • Christina
    I enjoyed this follow up to Yellow Crocus. While not as good as the first book, it was nice to catch up with the characters and see where they were post-war. It was interesting to read a story about the aftermath of the war and its effect on families who had members on both sides. The book left me emotional, understandably so. I could not STAND Lisbeth's mother and brother, the cruelty and racism were palpable and made me rage. Yet I empathized w...
  • Gaele
    This is a story told in two perspectives: both colored and influenced by the issue of slavery and the Civil War. Set in the Reconstruction area, both Lisbeth and Jordan live in Oberlin Ohio in 1868, even if their situations couldn’t be more different, or more similar. Lisbeth left her family and home in Virginia to marry a man of her own choosing, an abolitionist, and head north to start their life. Growing up on a tobacco plantation, she was e...
  • Amanda
    Audio Version10 FREAKIN' GOLDEN STARS!!!!Excuse me while I get all the FEELS under control so I can review this novel with a clear mind. Mustard Seed? What a beautiful symbol of faith this tiny seed stands for and what a PERFECT name for this novel. I must find a handful of them, place them in a vial and drop them randomly in places that need some faith. (Scripture below). I'm so annoyed this book only has 523 reviews?! WHAT IN THE EVER LIVING HE...
  • Wendy Perez
    This book was amazing . I don't usually read books like this but I am so glad I did. I learned alot I wasn't aware took place during this niche in time. Lisbeth , Mattie ,Jordan ,Samuel and the children were wonderfully written and I felt like I knew them all. I purposely took my time reading this book because I didn't want it to be over yet! Bravo Laila Ibrahim for a wonderful book that captures you heart!
  • Brandi
    Always impressiveI am absolutely enamored with Ms Ibrahim's storytelling capabilities. This is another enthralling edition I gave the pleasure of song to my shelf. Take the time to read this novel - it will not disappoint.
  • Terry
    Another spellbinding book by Laila Ibrahim. I never realized how horrible it was for former slaves after the Civil War. This story brought many atrocities to light. I loved following more about Mattie and Lisbeth. Hopefully the author plans on continuing on with their story. Highly recommended.
  • Tori
    3.5 stars
  • Janice
    Another great read from Laila Ibrahim.
  • Jan Crossen
    "Livin' in hope in the face of the most powerful weapon we got.". This powerful book is a beacon of hope. If you enjoy historical fiction, you owe it to yourself to first read, Yellow Crocus, and then Mustard Seed, which is the sequel. Both are informative and amazing! Well done, Laila Ibrahim! What's next?
  • Missy
    Since having kids I have been in a reading slump, but now that the kids are semi-grown and self-sufficient, I have been reading books left and right. I finished Yellow Crocus a few weeks ago and was so excited to see the continuation, Mustard Seeds, as an Amazon Unlimited book. I enjoy the style Laila Ibrahim writes and hope she has a new book coming soon.This book centralizes around Lisbeth and Mattie both returning to Richmond to look over fami...
  • Carol Dimitriou
    This book, which I loved, is a sequel to the author's first book, "Yellow Crocus", which I also read and loved. It is a story of the post-slavery south, when some southern plantation owners refused to accept that slavery was over, and treated their workers as if they were still slaves. The two main characters, Lisbeth and Mattie, are very morally strong women who make a difference in the world that affects other character's lives for the better.I...
  • Jeanie
    I will not know which seeds will take root and flourish, but the sowing itself is an act of faith. In the midst of so much ongoing ugliness, these are the faces of hope. The faith of a mustard seed. Two women different in the color of their skin but the same in the faith of their God. That all men are created equal and made in the image of God. In my own words - That racism of any kind is a self-righteousness that is ugly, mean, cruel, and not of...
  • Mary
    A great follow up to Yellow Crocus. Wonderful characters and story telling but heart breaking because you know the awful conditions described for "ex" slaves is based on fact.
  • wendy knowles
    Mustard Seed is such an amazing book. I love Laila Ibrahim's style and passion for such an interesting period in our history. Her books are some of my favorites and I recommend them to anyone but especially those who are interested in this time period. I read some reviews that said she is too progressive and make those in her books have thinking that is way ahead of their time but I tend to think there were those who were this progressive in thei...
  • Kathleen Gray
    Don't be intimidated by the fact that this is a follow on tale to Yellow Crocus- take it for what is is and enjoy this story of two women and their families in the years immediately after the Civil War. Ibrahim has obviously done a great deal of research on the era but more importantly she has created terrific believable and sympathetic characters in Lisbeth, Mattie, and Jordan, who are the heart of this novel. Reconstruction and reconciliation w...
  • Catherine Read
    We don't get to pick how big our good gets to be, but each of us picks if we gonna do some good right where we are."- Mattie Freedman One of my favorite passages from this remarkable book.Mustard Seed is a sequel to Ibrahim's Yellow Crocus, and as historical fiction goes, it's outstanding. The narrative of both books unfolds in Virginia. And the author captures so vividly the lives of slaves both before the Civil War and the injustices done to th...
  • V Rabassa
    Heart Wrenching!!!! A praiseworthy sequel to Yellow Crocus. I recommend reading the latter first, it will enrich your experience and help develop a deeper understanding and connection with the characters.This book is about humans at their best and their worst. It is about family (by blood or choice), faith, courage and convictions. It is also about injustice, racism and the inability to forgive or move on. We found all of these immersed in the hi...
  • Alison
    It was great to once again read about the continuing lives of the people in her previous book Yellow Crocus, which took place during the civil war and slavery in the south. This book continues after the civil war and follows the friendship between Maddie, a former slave and Lisbeth who's family owned her. Lisbeth, who married a man that her parents did not approve of, left with him to find a better life in Ohio. Mattie and her baby daughter Jorda...
  • Anita
    Firstly I must admit that 'Yellow Crocus' is one of my favourite books from a lifetime of being an avid reader. I smiled and cried with Mattie and Lisbeth, as they formed a loving and complicated relationship in a period of great cruelty and injustice in the American South. They had become like dear friends by the time I finished reading that book. Perhaps, my expectations were too high when I began this sequel. It is a story covering a much larg...
  • LorriLee
    Although this novel can stand alone, Mustard Seed is a sequel to the very engaging book, Yellow Crocus. Spanning the years of antebellum South through the years following the Civil war and the abolition of slavery, both books are thought-provoking and exemplars of how cruel and inhuman we as a species can be. In particular, Mustard Seed is a reminder that not much as changed in how we treat people of differing races, countries, genders, or religi...
  • Patsy
    This is the second book in the series, the first book is the 'Yellow Crocus' which was an outstanding book. The 'Mustard Seed' continues with the same characters but after the Civil War. In 1868 the story begins in Oberlin, Ohio in the north and in Richmond, Virginia in the South.Elizabeth Johnson was born in the South on 'Fair Oaks' Plantation, thirty years ago. Elizabeth living with her abolitionist husband and children in Ohio. Mattie Freeman ...
  • Taylor Bartlett
    This book was, if possible, even better than the first one. Mustard Seed, like Yellow Crocus before it is a beautifully written novel that causes the readr to experience numerous emotions while reading. Lisbeth has now grown up and has two children of her own, Sammy and Sadie, and a letter from her mother leads her to take the children back to the place of her childhood. At the same time, Mattie’s family, along with her now grown up daughter Jo...