- File Size: 1283 KB
- Print Length: 131 pages
- Publication Date: September 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0753JSDBS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Author: Lydia Howe
Genre/s: Christian fiction
Content: 0/5. No content that I can think of. It mentions that two people are dating, but that’s it.
Age-range: All ages!
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Wow. This was beautiful. It took my a while to read it, due to no action, but this was an awesome book worth reading.
The plot was well on track, well developed, and beautiful. I loved the message it depicted; of hope, forgiveness, and letting go of the past to ‘take the higher road’ (WDG, Lydia Howe).
And the ending. Wow! It was just beautiful.
I liked the characters, and the cousins relationships were sweet. But sometimes they were too sweet it became cheesy and their dialogue sometimes unrealistic. I also felt like the cousins sometimes acted a bit younger then they actually were.
I really loved Mrs. Reed. The way she taught; she wasn’t preachy which was great. I loved the talk she had with Destiny. She is someone I would LOVE to have in my life.
The writing is simple, yet beautiful and the wisdom in it made me smile.
This book is full of wisdom. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has spoken to me this much, and made me smile so much at the end. And my favorite chapter is chapter 9. 😉
The 2% off the 5 stars is because of the lack of action that I usually enjoy reading. It’s not such a big deal, it’s just that it took me longer to read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed christian fiction, books about hope, forgiveness and DANDELIONS.
I also absolutely LOVED the name Swallow Ridge! ❤
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*
Newly graduated from high school, Destiny decides to get away from her tense family relationships and return to her childhood state and town, Swallow Ridge. When she was eight, their family moved abruptly away, away from her Nanny and away from her three cousins whom she spent many happy summers with. Now eleven years later, she is hoping to track down her cousins that she was forbidden to talk about after the move while working at the Noveltea, a local bookstore. But the people of Swallow Ridge, a small town with a community that greatly values family, almost seem to know more about her family history than she does.
When Destiny starts to learn more and even re-connect with Kamryn, Lexie, and Teal, her long lost cousins, she begins to see a choice laid out for her. She can either choose to stay bitter against her mother for tearing her from her cousins and for always putting her down as a writer or take the high road that her boss, Mrs. Reed, talks about and forgive and let go of her bitterness against her mother.
I had very few complaints about this book. It really drew me in, touched me, made me laugh, but also think deeply. With the introduction of every new character, I felt as if I were meeting them. I read once that a skill, authors should develop is to write the secondary and supporting characters to have the attitude that they’re the main character, each showing their own attitude toward to life and their own personality. And Lydia Howe masterfully did that; every character was distinct and added so much to the story. Mrs. Reed was one of my favorite supporting characters.
I loved the small town aspect which Lydia captured beautifully. Destiny’s character arc was so neat to read. Destiny isn’t a Christian, and it’s neat to see take in things through her eyes, seeing how her cousins, who are believers, are different and live their lives in a much different way. But, yet, I don’t feel like at any time in the story, I was being preached at, but there was a lot of food for thought throughout the book as well as the overlapping theme of the consequences of one person holding bitterness and grudges in the course of entire generations.
Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe is certainly going to be a re-read for me, as I thoroughly enjoyed it. *I was given an eARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
The main character, Destiny, was very likable. Her struggles were real, and I wanted to help her. I liked her cousins and smiled over their childhood memories. And that bookstore! May I please go there? It sounded delightful. Written in first person, it was easy to follow Destiny's thoughts and life, though there were a few times that felt a little jerky. (It could have just been the version I was reading as it wasn't published yet.)
My problems with this story involved not pointing Destiny to Christ in a clear way. The Christians around her seemed to just point her to "the high road" without taking the time to show that no one can live that way without Christ, or that true forgiveness comes from Jesus Christ. I also had objections to the motivational speaker who "preached" at the church. All he did was give good advice without once basing his talk in Scripture, or laying a foundation from the Word of God for what he was saying. It may be good advice, and I probably wouldn't have had a problem with it except it was given as a sermon in church.
Overall, however, I did enjoy this story and wanted to know more of what happened.
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
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Written By: Lydia Howe
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
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