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Dance of the Dandelion [Kindle Edition]

Dina L. Sleiman
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Book Description

Love's quest leads her the world over.

Dandelion Dering was born a peasant in the English village of Arun, but her soul yearned for another life, another world. One filled with color and music, with adventure and passion . . . with more. Haunted by childhood memories, Dandelion determines to find a better existence than the life every peasant in the village contents themselves with. Even if her sweetheart William's predictions prove true, and her journey leads straight to heartache.

From her sleepy hamlet to the intrigue of castle life, from the heart of London to the adventurous seas, Dandelion flees from the mistakes of her past, always seeking that something, that someone who will satisfy her longings.

Will Dandelion ever find the rhythm to her life's dance . . . or did she leave her chance for true love at home in Arun village?

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About the Author

Dina L. Sleiman writes lyrical stories that dance with light. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace.

Product Details

  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing (June 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00547KPI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me favorably of the novel, Year of Wonders June 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As I read Dance of the Dandelion, I found myself comparing it to the well-received mainstream novel, Year of Wonders--a novel also set in Medieval times with a strong flavor of the exotic Middle East. The reader is taken from a hovel in the England countryside to within the tapestry-lined walls of a castle and all its evil secrets, to bustling London, and then to sun-kissed Italy. It is a flamboyantm tale with bright imagery that I couldn't put down.

The main character, Dandy, grew up dancing barefoot in meadows, and kept gnawing hunger away by poaching. She is as wild and spirited as a child, but with the body, mind and desires of a grown woman. Dandy doesn't even trust herself to do the right thing, especially when her decisions are influenced by her raw childhood memories of famine.

Dandy wants more out of life than what her simple cotter family has, and more than what the young farmer, William, can ever give her. Because of this, she recklessly turns her back on true love to marry a nobleman from the nearby castle, only to find there are other types of hunger--the hunger of the soul. As Dandy struggles with heartache and at times, brutality, she also finds within each hardship a vibrant sense of hope. Dandy struck me as a strong, vivacious heroine who learns by failure before she grasps the truth.

The literary talent of this author delighted me as I kept picturing the rich pallet of the Renaissance as I read this extremely gripping story. It was like reading light rippling across water. At the same time, the author doesn't shy away from difficult issues, but the story does come around to a Christian redemptive message that is totally believable, and a wonderfully satisfying ending.

I highly recommend this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have finally found the perfect novel. Seriously! This is the best book I have read in a very long time and I've read over 200 books in the last two years.

In the acknowledgements at the end of the book the author credits Donald Maas for teaching her how to develop at decent plot into a stellar one. She far exceeded stellar and I dare say this book for me was more of a mindblowing romance and spiritual love story similar to Redeeming Love, a best-selling novel by Francine Rivers. Over the years I have read a ton of books set during this time period and none of them came close to being as exhilarating for me as this one. It not only inspired me, but reading this novel was downright addicting. I had to have my fix daily until I finished the book. When I reached the end I felt and ovewhelming sense of satisfaction at having experience the highs and lows of Dandelion's journey as well as bonding so closely to the characters that I felt as if I had also experienced the same boundless joy by the end of the book. The resolution was stellar, and beyond satisfying.

I can't say enough good things about this book. I feel like my words will be inadequate, but I'll try to explain why this book will forever remain in my heart as a favorite read right up there with Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. For one thing, the author had so many insights into not only the physical and emotional realm of Dandelion's existence, but she nailed her spiritual journey as well. We have all asked ourselves the same questions and have at times felt the same longing for more than we have. We have all sought that joy that can only come from knowing God. The Bible says if you seek God with your whole heart (like Dandelion did) you will find Him. Unfortunately many of us trip and fall many times along the way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exuberant Debut Novel June 11, 2011
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This richly imagined book is a passionate medieval coming-of-age tale, written in a melodic first-person style that is compellingly believable. It will have you turning pages eagerly and journeying with young, beautiful and errant Dandelion Dering through the treacherous world of 14th century English life, as she rises from humble beginnings to better herself in the world. Along the way she learns difficult lessons about life, love, and even God. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST Stories! August 23, 2011
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This is not normally my type of story, I don't usually care for medieval books but it was recommended to me as one of the best books of the year so I had to read it! It captivated me right away. The characters are real and the story envelopes you so much that it is hard to put the book down. The main character, Dandelion, is a woman I believe most of us will relate to. She's seeking something more but it takes her years to figure it out and lots of mistakes to get there. I loved her. The things she does are completely understandable and I could relate to so many of her internal struggles. This is definitely one of the best books I've read in a very long time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heroine you can relate to! July 13, 2011
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One of my biggest complaints about Christian fiction is that the characters are SO holy, so immune to temptation. That's not the case in Dance of the Dandelion. For once, I found myself rooting for the heroine, Dandelion Dering, the way I would root for a favorite team. Sometimes, her choices were heartbreaking -- because they were the same foolish choices I've made, or know someone who made them -- once upon a time.
Seamlessly woven throughout this novel, set in medieval times, is a message of faith that's more than applicable for every person alive today.
Dina Sleiman's debut novel is a feast for the senses, a story well-worth sharing across the "lines" of Christian and secular fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance of the Dandelion
Dance of the Dandelion
This book takes place in the 1300's. Dandy has grown up in a village and befriends William and Tim. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jbarr5 (julie Barrett)
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great story of a life journey discovering grace, forgiveness, and a God who loves unconditionally. The characters come alive. Edgy and real.
Published 5 months ago by JillRLubbs
5.0 out of 5 stars A medieval book with a difference
I don’t normally like books set in medieval times but Dance of the Dandelion is the exception to the rule. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lana
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad it's over!
This book had everything I was looking for! It was a great read that kept me up longer than I wanted to be most nights. I related to so many things in Dandelion. Read more
Published 13 months ago by C. Lamb
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, nice simple read.
A relationship made for a sweet and enjoyable read. I really like the time and country it was set in.
Published 18 months ago by Susan G.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enchanting Read
Dina Sleiman transports the reader into the world of knights, castles, and fair ladies in The Dance of the Dandelion. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Virginia J. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Lyrical Tale Full of Passion and Redemption
Although I do not typically enjoy novels set in a medieval time period, author Dina Sleiman quickly makes the lead character, Dandelion Dering, a relatable and absorbing heroine... Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by Allison Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright but not great
The main attraction of this book for me was that it was set in my own area of England and the county of Sussex. Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by Lady Godiva
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!!! Must Read!
I loved this book. Not sure any kind of review I could give would due it justice. Dance of the Dandelion is the best book I have read this year so far. Read more
Published on May 26, 2012 by bonnsterreadsbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully woven inspirational novel!
Dance of the Dandelion is a lyrical, magical, and lovely tale of romance, and adventure in the medieval era. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by glorybooks
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More About the Author

Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards. Also look for her novels, Love in Three-Quarter Time and Dance from Deep Within, and her Valiant Hearts series coming with Bethany House Publishers in 2015. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire as well, and she loves to represent them at writers conferences throughout the US. Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace. For more info visit her at

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