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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Amanda Bannister
    3.5 rounded up to 4 3.5 🌟 rounded up to 4
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kymm
    This was the sequel to Yellow Crocus a story of a friendship between a white daughter of a plantation owner and a black slaves daughter who become life long friends. In this book they are both grown with families of their own, the Civil War has just ended and supposedly slavery is abolished however there are still parts of the South where it's still being practiced. The two families come together to help one another when they get into trouble and...
  • 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 ...
  • Kate
    “We don’ get to pick how big our good gets to be, but each of us picks if we gonna do some right where we are.” I absolutely love the ‘Yellow Crocus’ series. I can’t wait for the third book to come out in June. Go be a sower of seeds. Let God worry about where they land. “We don’ get to pick how big our good gets to be, but each of us picks if we gonna do some right where we are.” I absolutely love the ‘Yellow Crocus’ seri...
  • 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.. 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Carol
    Disappointed I loved Ms. Ibrahim's first novel,Yellow Crocus, but this book lacked the literary brilliance of that book. I'd still recommend it as it completed the first book and potentially sets us up for yet another sequence. What I loved about the first book was her skillful portrayal of the characters, this book was not as good about developing characters. The ability to portray the life and injustices of the former slaves is something that d...
  • Lee Yahnker
    A confusing story Of a white family who moved to Ohio when she didn’t agree to marry the man her parents chose for her in Virginia. Meanwhile a black family who knew her in Virginia is in the same Ohio town. The period is right after the Civil War but many of the people in the states were still fighting the war in their minds.It seems that every thing about this book the author had to make “over the top”for coincidences. My book Club chose ...
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • Ellen H
    The three stars are for good intentions. I would have to say that all the inherent flaws in her Yellow Crocus were magnified in this sequel. The number of unlikely coincidences -- that both the Freedman and the Johnson families would end up back at the plantation at the same moment, for example -- and cliches and bad word choices in the writing proliferated. Sadly, the author seems to have landed back in that 9th grade creative writing classroom ...
  • 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 ...