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 go into specifics because I had none when I started and think it is well worth going in with no expectations I suggest reading the author s first book first, Yellow Crocus The characters and story will make much sense But it is a book everyone should read It is a part of US history come to life.Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book. 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 Family is family though,blood is thicker than water and attend to her dying father she must Her conscience won t let her deny her family Once home she must face the Confederate family she betrayed by marrying an abolitionist Characters we met in the first book Jordan and Mattie return to Fair Oaks, too, to save the family they left behind, who still toil in oppression Family is not just family by blood,it s also by adoption and marriage Oftentimes,as it s shown in this book the children,even the adult children don t comprehend or appreciate the hardships and sacrifices their parents have gone through to make sure their children have a better life than them.Amazing book I look forward to reading by this author Pub Date 07 Nov 2017 Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for a review copy in exchange for my honest review. 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. 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. 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. 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 bringing up their young children in a loving and peaceful environment, living and working in proximity with people of colour including former slaves such as her old nurse, Mattie Freedman and Mattie s family With news of her father dying, Lisbeth takes her children back to visit her family after years of estrangement Coincidentally, Mattie decides to take her two adult children back to Richmond to persuade her cousin to join them, as cousin Sally still remains on the plantation in oppressed servitude despite the supposed freedom to all slaves brought about by the end of the war Through their eyes, we see that cruelty, racism and injustice remains long after the war, fueled by the resentment and anger of plantation owners who had lost money, loved ones and sometimes own limbs and physical health to the ravages of the war and who therefore sought to avenge their losses and pride on those slaves remaining behind, too weak, too intimidated, too stunned to leave And even when they had the courage to leave, the law did little to protect their proclaimed freedom, not when the law was meted out by white plantation owners themselves The history is fascinating, describing a horrible time not very frequently covered in stories It is chilling to learn that the atrocities committed against slaves and former slaves in the South continued long after the Thirteenth Amendment was passed because there were no one to enforce the new law While this book tells an important story, the tone of the book is too factual and unsentimental for a novel Coupled this with some less than realistic plot twists, it makes for a somewhat uneven read I don t think this book is classified as Christian Fiction, although it probably ought to be as there is a fair bit of references to faith and God. 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 original story enhanced the read of this 2nd novel I recommend to fans of Civil War HF and strong women protagonists The Bestselling Author Of Yellow Crocus Returns With A Haunting And Tender Story Of Three Women Returning To The Plantation They Once Called HomeOberlin, Ohio, 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 SchoolWhen 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 LiberationAs 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 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 can just feel frightened for them, and yet I had no idea how bad it could be.Somehow all of our main characters from the first book end up back in Virginia, and we reunite with some of those that we would rather not see again Lisbeth and her Mattie are here along with their children, and we visit the Plantation that originally brought them together I loved Lisbeth s six year old Sadie when she pointed out the green leaf with the white stripe and points out that she is sure that the flower is yellow, of course This trip back is an eye opener, and loved the Faith these people live, but will they all make it back A page turner for sure, I needed to know the ending.I received this book through Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review. 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 people whose story was told here I do not have a lot of experience with what I m calling educational political historical fiction This is than a story that takes place during a certain time period This novel explores many political and historical issues TBH, it shocked me how much we are still dealing with some of these issues today If you want to learn about this part of American history 13th Amendment but find history books or documentaries too dry if you do best with narratives or fiction reading this is a terrific choice and it will expose you too All sides, perspectives and beliefs held during this period.
My education and experience in multiracial, developmental psychology and attachment theory provide ample fodder for my novels My passion for early childhood education, child birth and religious education are reflected in my writing.I was the founder and director of Woolsey Children s School where I had first hand experience loving children that were not my own There are scenes in Yellow Crocus t
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