Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed

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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.
Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781542045568
Branch Call Number: Fiction Ibr
Characteristics: 266 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Dec 13, 2017

This sequel to Yellow Crocus started a little slow, but by the end I liked it. A look at the contrasting life experience between the post Civil War North and South from a white family and a black family's experience. We see the ugly bitterness and resentment among members of Lisbeth's family who were on opposites sides of the war. And Mattie's family who escaped to Ohio and have a good life but return to Virginia to find that the black people are still treated as slaves and live in fear for their safety. The two families unite to overcome several situations that arise while they are in Virginia.


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