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 wh...

Details Mustard Seed

TitleMustard Seed
Release DateNov 7th, 2017
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Military History, Civil War

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...
  • Myrna
    It was a good post-Civil War story of injustice, freedom and faith. Started slow and some parts of the plot didn't work for me but some parts were entertaining and nail biting. The first book, Yellow Crocus was better imho.
  • 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...
  • Jultri
    3.5/5. Interesting story about 3 women returning back to Richmond, Virginia, 3 years after the end of the Civil War. Lisbeth Johnson left her wealthy family and plantation behind 18 years earlier when she ended her family-endorsed engagement to another plantation owner to marry an abolitionist and fellow Virginian. She and her husband left her acrimonious family behind to move to Ohio where he fought under the Union flag and where they are bringi...
  • Nima Morgan
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the "Yellow Crocus", so when I realized that this book was continuation of the story I was really excited to read it; and I was not disappointed at all. I didn't realize how much I craved to hear the rest of the story and to follow the journey of all these fascinating characters.
  • May
    This story was so very well told. Set in the early years after the end of the Civil War, Laila Ibrahim is incredibly skillful creating the time & tension in Virginia for both Lizbeth & Mattie & their families.I had forgotten that this was a sequel to THE YELLOW CROCUS, which I had read in 2014. Laila cleverly weaves the earlier story into this one in such a way that this can stand alone. However, her details from CROCUS helped me remember the ori...
  • Beth Sponzilli
    This is the follow up book to Yellow Crocus. The same great writing as the first, and is the continuation of Lisbeth’s and Mattie’s lives in Ohio and back to the south after the Civil War. They realize how not all freed blacks’ lives are changed for the good or at all.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kate Stulce
    Minority opinionClearly I am in the minority here. But for me the storyline and characters were overshadowed by the history particularly in the first half of the book. The era is history that hasn't gotten a lot of attention and I found the book informative in that way. I just was disappointed that portions of the book seemed focused on educating the reader on the history instead of blending the history into the storyline.
  • reneeNaDaBomb
    Mustard SeedThis is a follow-up to a two 📚 series. The story is set in Richmond, VA during the 1800's. The Civil War has ended even though the slave holders in the South refused to admit defeat and follow the laws. The protagonists are Elisabeth (Lisbeth) Johnson and her nurse maid named Mary Hattie Bartley. Though both relocated to the North to live in the free state of Ohio, family issues call them back home. A truly enlightening novel.A 5 ...
  • Sayeeda
    It was a page turner I get a bit distracted when they were talking about politics I wanted her to show little kindness to her parents but she had her reasons.. 😩
  • Joyce
    I think I would have enjoyed this more had I read the first in the series. Interesting inspirational historical novel set just after the Civil War. It follows two story lines that intertwine nicely: a white woman raising her family in liberal Oberlin, Ohio, travels south with her children to the plantation where she was raised to try to reconcile with her family and ailing father, while three blacks--mother, son, and daughter--go to the same area...
  • 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...
  • Joleen
    Mustard Seed by Laila IbrahimGenre: Christian fiction, perhaps suspense as wellFormat: Audible AudiobookTimeframe: 1868Location: Oberlin, Ohio and Richmond, VACharacters: Lisbeth Johnson: Virginia native married to a NorthernerJordan Freedman: Born a slave shortly before the Civil War endedSamuel and Mattie: Jordan’s brother and motherMatthew Johnson: Lisbeth Johnson’s husband1868 - Two families travel to Richmond, VA. Brief synopsis which is...
  • Katharine
    This is a time in history that I feel definitely deserves more written about it.That being said, this book just wasn’t it. A second book was just not necessary. I enjoyed the first one and the characters, but this...the characters were forced and so overly... stereotypical? Fake? ...not sure the right word but it came across absurdly ridiculous. The children were so out of context in their behavior for the time period that it was hard to bear t...
  • 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...
  • Carole
    3.5 stars rounded up. A good story about Lisbeth & Mattie, her caregiver years after the Cival War. I liked Yellow Crocus better.
  • 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...
  • Judi Ross
    Because I loved Yellow Crocus so much, I was anxious to read the sequel, Mustard Seed. It did not disappoint. I cared so much for both Lisbeth and Mattie that I was glad to have the opportunity to stay with them. This novel is set just shortly after the Civil War. It is apparent that the author did a great deal of research about this period; about the affects on the families on both sides of the conflict as well as the affects on the economy of t...
  • Jenny
    Lizbeth returns to her native Virginia to care for her dying father. She hasn't been home for several years, and her family hasn't forgiven her for breaking her engagement to the wealthy but despicable land/slave owner Edward, marrying Matthew and moving to Oberlin, Ohio. At the same time, Mattie...who years before had been Lizbeth's nurse until she escaped slavery and fled to Ohio...returns to Virginia to rescue a family member still living and ...
  • Shirley Garmon
    This is the sequel to Yellow Crocus. I enjoyed the first book so much I wanted to know what happened next. (You'll want to read them in order) This book is set in a horrible time in history, right after the end of the civil war, and even though we've heard so many stories of the atrocities of slavery this book really brings it to life. (But without going into too much of the gory details.) I do not care for depressing, gory, sexual, evil or viole...
  • Lois
    engaging page turner. every novel i read that is historical adds a small piece to my understanding of the complex issues of an era. this one takes place in just after the civil war - in Virginia (slave state) and Ohio (free state), with the struggles of recently freed slaves, a few white people who supported them, some brave and brilliant black people, and the ones who kept things exactly as they were before emancipation and losing the war. (and ...
  • Kath Middleton
    4.5 starsThis book follows on from Yellow Crocus but is set a few years later, after the Civil War. Lisbeth decides to visit her family after a letter from her mother to tell her that her father is dying. Unknown to her, Mattie and her daughter Jordan visit at the same time, to try to persuade Sarah to leave. I found the book a little slower to engage me than Yellow Crocus but once it did, it was a great story. I had assumed that slavery stopped ...
  • Shelley Young
    Any book that can get me emotionally involved is a good book for me. Mustard Seed did that. It got me so involved and hooked within the first few chapters that I couldn't put the book down and finished reading it in one sitting. It is most definitely a book worth reading and it will have you hating the bad characters and loving other characters. I enjoyed this book immensely and wished it had been longer.
  • Marisa
    What an incredible book. From beginning to end. I can’t think of all the words to say how much I loved this. As someone who works in an antebellum plantation house museum, slavery and its depiction in all forms of media, whether in movies, TV shows, books, etc., this book hit especially hard. Also, considering the political climate that we’re in...Mustard Seed is a novel we need, and thank God Laila Ibrahim gave it to us.
  • Loretta
    Two women connected by a shared history return from the relative safety of the American North to a South still devastated by the years of civil war bringing their families with them. One is white, one black.Both will have to make hard decisions in the aftermath of what happened, and both will face danger.This wouldn't quite be considered Christian fiction by everyone, but an undertone of faith definitely runs through the story.Without being graph...
  • Donna
    Too Slow movingI was disappointed with this book and didn't finish it, which is not something I usually do. I can only recall doing this just a few times in my reading lifetime. I got about 50% through. I enjoy reading about the Civil War, learning more about the struggles & hardships of the people of the time. This one just didn't hold my attention. The story went back & forth between the freed slave family and the families who owned the plantat...
  • 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!