Happy Monday everybody!
Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing this wonderful book, and I’m oh-so excited 😄 Let’s get started!
Now that you know what’s happening, I’ll share a little story about my, what would you call it, reading journey? That’ll do 😂😂 It took me a couple of weeks to finish this book overall. Not because I’m a sloooooooow reader but because I’m a busy bee. I don’t know why, but I had this clever idea to print out the book. So yeah. That was just great. I didn’t want to stand at the printer, constantly ordering papers so I went to have a bath while the pages printed, and trust me, that was a sad, sad, sad, sad, sad EXPERIENCE. When I finally got back to the printer a good half hour later, there was like, a billion pages sitting there, and they weren’t in order at all! It was absolutely horrid. I freaked. Now I’m wishing I’d just sat at my laptop and read the book (which I did for the first and last parts of the story) the whole duration because then I wouldn’t have had that clever idea and spent 1+ hours putting the various pages into order. Le sigh.
omg i just came across this gif and it was the bomb except it seemed a little r rated so #pointmade 🤦😭
Anyway, I think this was meant to be a book review, which means that you probably want to hear my thoughts. Anyway, thanks again to the lovely Lydia! It’s been so much fun getting to know you a bit better and read some of your work x
Fresh out of school, Destiny longs for the familiarity of Swallow Ridge, the place of her birth, dreams and everything that shaped her as a person- most importantly, her four cousins. They weren’t just family, but friends by choice.
Desperate to overcome the challenges that drove her loved ones apart, Destiny embarks on a journey that will ultimately lead to her embracing her dreams with the help of something- or someone- greater.
- The writing, to me, seemed very personal. It was like I could hear your thoughts as you transferred them to the page and that created something really human. I could almost picture myself as one of the characters.
- The plot was unique and well, reliable. I don’t quite know how to explain that, but in my head, it works just fine. Yaaaaaaaay.
- It was clear that Where Dandelions Grow was written with love and care. I like how inspiration was taken from the writers own experience as I believe that’s where authenticity is born.
- And Noveltea.. where do I start?! Throughout the book, I had such a clear mental picture of what everything would look like suppose Swallow Ridge was a real place.. and it was delightful!
- Lots of great life lessons. This book is jam packed with inspiration, and I really like that. Books with actual messages are great.
Honestly, there is NOT a whole lot I disliked about the book. If I was the author, I definitely would’ve changed a few things, but it was overall, not a bad read.
- This is a Christian book.. when I first heard this, I definitely envisioned it to be somewhat different. I guess I expected more religious themes, not that I was bothered by this. In fact, I prefer it this way. I just feel that the links were somewhat random and unclear and did take away from the overall message of the story. Destiny taking ‘the high road’ and trusting in Jesus to carry some of the burden she had laid on her from a young age.
- I honestly didn’t feel like this was a book I could sit and just keep reading. Don’t get me wrong, it was light hearted and witty and a good read for an afternoon in, but just not my piece of cake- significantly different to what I usually enjoy, and by no means bad, but I felt that, I don’t know, I didn’t give it justice. This book needs to be read by someone who will cry happy tears over it and well, sit and eat pastries. But I did get hungry.. mm, what I wouldn’t do for one of Mrs Reed’s pastries!
- Last of all.. the writing felt disjointed and was at times, hard to understand. I’d read one part and then there was the next part and I was like ‘what?!”- If that wasn’t such a regular occurrence, I think I would’ve enjoyed the book more. I get where the author was going but think this is something that needed more reviewing and a more succinct way of explanation.
I think, overall, Where Dandelions Grow, will be really well received by the public. I just feel that while the writing felt cosy, it was, to a degree, unsatisfying and left me with too many questions. I mean, if the book was a series, there would be a lot to talk about. There is promise for future stories and the author’s development as a creative and I have high hopes for what is to come and would love to read more books in the future.