I’m so excited to be here. Today I will be reviewing Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe.
Title: Where Dandelions Grow
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.
Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be.
What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you?
Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers.
Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught.
Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?
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).
There were some parts that were a bit ‘meh’ to me, though.
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.
Even though the book was written in first person, I couldn’t fully connect with Destiny. I don’t think anything would’ve changed if it were written in third person.
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. This is something that Mrs. Reed said that I loved:
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 post a positive review.*
About The Author
Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe, visiting friends in Africa, growing up in a barn and everything in-between. She currently works in a coffee shop during the day and concocts stories by night. Find her online at her Blog, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google+
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