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Dandelion Summer by [Mary Ellen Bramwell]
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A fourteen-year-old girl, Madelyn has enough problems developing from a child to an adult without a life "choked by unwanted disruptions". Dandelion Summer by Mary Ellen Bramwell is more than a coming of age contemporary novel. Madelyn is looking forward to summer vacation, but trauma in the form of secrets and lies of omission complicate her life. Her beloved father must spend the summer out of town at a training leaving her somewhat dysfunctional mother depending on her for help with the household and two younger siblings. Madelyn is resentful and confused. The reader will emphasize with her moodiness and anger.

A second story, flashing back to during and after WWII, is slipped in to gradually mesh with Madelyn's family dynamics. She and her mother are at odds when she is told that unusual happenings are none of her business. "There is much that you don't know or understand. The world isn't as cut and dried as you'd like to believe it is. And it doesn't conform to your way of thinking, just because you wish it so". Mom apologizes later but adds that they made a decision not to involve her for her own sake even though it was confusing.

The story becomes more complicated as the reader learns of some of the secrets kept from Madelyn and how she handles it. The bonds between parent and child are at stake. Wallowing in self-pity, Madelyn sums up the adults in her life. Uncle Tommy wasn't a terrible disappointment. Mom had been lying to her. Grandpa wasn't around for some unknown reason, and Dad wasn't around except by phone. And then there was Mrs. Burnham. The author captures each character's personality especially Mrs. Burnham, the widow next door. Mrs. Burnham challenges Madelyn saying that she doesn't think Madelyn's mom is "up to the challenge of running the place by herself" with her dad gone. "I can't imagine what the inside must look like"..."I do, however, worry that your yard might become an eyesore" with all those dandelions blowing seeds into her yard.

A murder, home invasions, stalking, and fear, have ripple effects throughout the family. Madelyn learns how one person's actions or inactions can affect so many. Will her mother give her credit for growing up? Does she show maturity?

This young adult novel is an excellent read for middle school and older readers as it is fast-paced with suspense and mystery as well as the expressed feelings of a teenaged girl.       
-Authors Reading

From the Author

Mary Ellen Bramwell, an award-winning author, has been writing stories since she was ten years old. After working in other fields and raising five children as a stay-at-home mom, Mary Ellen has returned to her first love, writing, doing freelance work along with writing novels. She resides in the Mountain West with her husband of over 35 years and her youngest child. You can visit her website at

Product details

  • File Size : 763 KB
  • Publication Date : June 6, 2019
  • Publisher : Black Rose Writing; 1st Edition (June 6, 2019)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Print Length : 295 pages
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 29 ratings