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Written by: Laila Ibrahim
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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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 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.

©2017 Laila Ibrahim (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Dorothy
  • 2018-04-16

Part TWO

Couldn't stop listening to this! My dog got extra long walks this week so I could finish it. What a roller-coaster of emotion.
It's the second part of the story of Mattie (a slave) and Lisbeth (the white daughter of a wealthy plantation owner) that began in Yellow Crocus. Make SURE to read that book first or you won't be able to truly appreciate this one.
I have listened to other books narrated by Bahni Turpin and she nails it every time. I don't know how, as an African-American, she can bear to constantly read books about the evil that was slavery, but she certainly brings the characters to life!
The story of Mattie's and Lisbeth's families is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting. I've read other books before that took place in the slave era - what's different about this one is that it portrays the types of struggles and challenges that both black and white families would have faced in the aftermath of the civil war. As a Canadian, I had never learned much about that, or given it much thought before. The Confederacy lost - but that didn't mean the wealthy white property owners just accepted their defeat. The cruelty continued, just in new creative ways... I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about how awful it must have been - both for the blacks who were supposedly 'free' but really weren't, and for whites who took the Union side and faced wrath and shunning from their families and communities.
I'm hoping there will be a Part 3, since the ending leaves a lot open to wonder what will happen next. But I won't say more about that for fear of giving too much away,

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  • KimR
  • 2017-11-17

Outstanding *****

What a treat to return to the folks from Yellow Crocus, again I experienced so many emotions listening to this book! Not always pleasant, sometimes I was just so angry! The narration was absolutely excellent as was the story. I could hardly put it down. Definitely a must read!!! I’ll continue to look for additional books from the author and narrator. Amazing!

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  • Susie Wardhaugh
  • Temecula, CA United States
  • 2018-04-16

New view of the South post Civil War

The author was a great story teller, covering the events in Virginia after the War. I saw threw the eyes of the southerners the devastation of the war. Also it showed how the practice of Slavery did not really end in the minds of so many. They found ways around the law to continue its use by corruption of the local officials. It was also through a woman’s eyes which I enjoyed, great read!

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  • Mary Daughtry
  • Statesboro, GA
  • 2018-04-10

Touching Story

Being from the South, I am careful reading books involving the War Between the States. I liked the reviews on this book. I was delighted that it represented both sides in a positive manner as well as showing the angry remnants of the War.

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  • Vik
  • 2017-11-18

Some stories shouldn't have a sequel.

The first book 'Yellow Crocus' was amazing. I was expecting this book to also be action packed. It was just 'blah'. Turpin always does a great job at performances but this wasn't her best. Sophie had a lisp at the beginning of the book and someone how Turpin didn't pronounce words with the lisp in the middle, and at the end, Sophie all of a sudden had the lisp again. There are some books that shouldn't be made into a sequel.

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  • Kathy A. Smith
  • Portales, NM, US
  • 2018-04-12

Quick light read.

I call this a popcorn book. Entertaining story if you aren’t worried about historical accuracy. Well performed.

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  • SARAH M ADDISON
  • 2018-12-10

Great Read

This is the first book I have read by this author, it will not be my last. The story was/is a true reflection of America's history.

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  • Barbara A Korb
  • ST PETERSBURG, FL, US
  • 2018-11-27

Loved It!

I could put the book down from start to finish. This is a very good read for anyone.

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  • 2018-11-15

Mesmerizing

Follow up to Yellow Crocus it was captivating from the first word to the very end thank u once again Ms Ibriham

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  • R. Schulte
  • 2018-11-13

Wonderful

We are so lucky the author decided to grace us with more of this story. Laila Ibrahim is a master story teller. I highly recommend this book!