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Like Dandelion Dust

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  5,872 ratings  ·  410 reviews
Kingsbury delivers a powerful new novel about two parents' love for their child and the surprising lengths they will go to keep their family together when a judge rules that their adopted son must be returned to his biological father.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Center Street
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Ellie
This novel had come highly recommended from a friend who had recommend quite a few great novels to me before and the synopsis of the novel sounded good so I was expecting good things from Like Dandelion Dust. I had also seen an advert for the movie on TV and it looked interesting so I went ahead and brought the book from Amazon without researching the author. Big mistake!

But the truth was, the plot was very predictable, irritatingly repetitive, contrived and not very well-written. The concept o
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Tiffany
I couldn't finish this book. I suffered through about 100 pages and just couldn't take it anymore. I did skim the last few pages because I wanted to see how it ended, but I couldn't even force myself to read them.

This was the most self-righteous, ridiculous crap I have ever read. I was really looking forward to this book, the plot behind it was very interesting. But I could not handle all the religious whining that went on. "Oh, it's so unfair that my sister has a fun life and happy family when
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Cathy
I first heard about this book on one of the forums for adoption that I follow. There were a lot of people who were outraged at the concept of the movie (being made from the book). One person in the forum said that she wanted to read the book before making judgments about the movie being bad or not.

I decided to see if I could find this book for my Kindle and was pleasantly surprised to see that not only was it available, but it was on sale too.

This book is every adoptive family's worst nightmare
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Bethany Foster
I just finished this book tonight, and while I understand the complaints towards the religious aspects of the story, I kind of feel the need to defend the book.

Let me start out by saying that I myself am NOT a religious person. I can count the number of times on one hand that I've been to church in my life. Religion has never, and probably will never, play an important part in my life. That said, I still respect that others find it comforting and important. The back of this book warns you about
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Kathy Piper
This book is really sentimental claptrap. Indulgently self-righteous, one-dimensional and made me want to gag. Worse than a bad made-for-Lifetime movie. Who might like it? Fundamentalist Christian evangelicals who see life in black & white, without the possiblity of gray areas.

Don't get me wrong -- I'm not anti-Christian. I just think this message was very poorly delivered and served to turn off, rather than turn on. An example of really good Christian story-telling: The Shack. This book is
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Heather
Jan 06, 2011 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Glen Beck
Shelves: cound-not-finish
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Teanne
Someone recommended this author (and book). She sounds like a good Christian writer. However, I was a little skeptical when I read about this book. It seems a little far-fetched that the adoptive parents have so little parental rights. But then I thought about the situation and how heart-wrenching it would be to loose one of my kids, and I thought this might be a good read. We'll see... I'll keep you updated.

OK, I just finished this book. While at times the authors style of writing seemed a litt
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Rachel Brand
It's not often that I say this about Christian fiction, but this book was just too preachy for my tastes. I proudly say that I'm a born-again Christian and lover of Christian fiction, but the way that the Christian aspect was woven into this story came across as forced and unrealistic in places. I really wanted to enjoy this book as I'd read glowing reviews of it and cried when I'd watched the movie trailer. I've only read one of Karen Kingsbury's books before, a Christmas novella, and while I'd ...more
Britni
What would you do if your child, one that you'd adopted years ago, was now being taken away from you to be returned to his biological parents? What would you do if the law said you had no choice because the adoption was a fraud? What would you do if you knew the biological father was just released from prison for physical abuse? Would you just turn your child over for possible harm....or would you run to save your little family?

These are the questions facing the Campbell family in Like Dandelion
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Colette

I buy a lot of used books and this one looked interesting and was it ever! It is a "what would you do" book so interesting I found it hard to put down. A married woman, whose husband had just been sent to prison for domestic abuse, found herself to be pregnant. Knowing that she could not provide the baby with the type of home,care and future he deserved, she gave him up for adoption. When the father was released from prison, claiming to be a changed man, they contest the adoption because the mot
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Adrienne
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Kellie
Jan 26, 2009 Kellie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kellie by: Heather Parkinson
Shelves: adult-fiction
Though it may rest outside my normal "circle of favorite types of books", this book GRABBED me: I cried at things about which I didn't even know I cared, I got chills when Kingsbury developed the faith of her characters. I've always considered Christian fiction to be sappy and over-done in the "Faith" realm: I usually like God allusions to be subtle and sneaky. But Kingsbury encompassed the power of the Christian faith in the heart of a SMALL CHILD in a way that brought me to my knees.

So, in a w
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Taylor Church


I love how you can see God's providence working in the lives of Joey's adoptive parents. I also love how Joey was praying to God and ask Him to be with him when he goes anywhere. He was a great example for his adoptive parents in how to talk to God. we shouldn't be afraid to admit are mistakes to God, the Creator of us and all life. He wants us to realize we are not perfect and we need to rely on Him even in the best and worst times of are life.



" Don't let anyone look down on you because you a
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Maurin
Like Dandelion Dust raises interesting questions, questions of what makes someone a mother, and what does it mean to truly love a child. The story of King Solomon is quite appropriate and it is mentioned in the book. It brought tears to my eyes and wrenched my heart reading about Joey being taken from his adoptive parents only to be place in a home with a loving biological mother, but an abusive biological father. Thankfully, the biological mother found the courage and strength to do the right t ...more
Joel Jackson
This book was decent as a piece of literature. I found the characters compelling and the narrative accessible. Unfortunately, this is not really my genre so it did not grab me for that reason. Also, I found it wrapped up way too neatly. It was like reading a really long sit-com episode where everyone is happy at the end. The only one really left unhappy is Rip as he never finds the healing that the narrative desires for him. It is not that I dislike happy endings, I just know that real faith als ...more
Marty
I ended up with this book because i just wanted to get a book from my library for my Kindle. the downside of trying to pick a book from a list is that you don't get to really look at the cover and read a paragraph or two. In this case, I probably would have opted not to select this book had i had a better look at it. Very simplistic writing - heavy religious message. I will acknowledge that i read the entire book - had to find out how the author wrapped it up and it was as expected, all neat and ...more
Kristina M
I broke my own record by reading this book in one day. How Karen Kingsbury uses both of the families thoughts and problems were amazing. How the child's fake parents did not want to give up this kid. How the child's real parents wanted him back. The problems in this book were outré. At the end of the book when the child says something so sweet and kind, it just broke my heart. For the child, even though he was young, had a very deep heart full of love for his fake parents and for his real mother ...more
Naomi
This is an emotionally charged book about a custody battle of a young boy. The idea of a preschooler being taken away from his loving parents, the only mom and dad he has ever know, and being placed in a home with an abusive biological father, will make any parent cringe. This book kept me interested, but there were a few unrealistic parts and a lot of self-righteousness. I gave this book 3 stars because I did enjoy the story-line even if it was a little too "preachy" for my taste.
Rachel
My husband commented this book looked like a "grocoery store novel". And he was kind of right. But I was interested in the plot, which is about a 5 year old adopted boy whose birth parents decide they want him back. I found it interesting how the author unabashedly testifies of God throughout the book as well. I've never read any of her other books (and there are a lot). It kept my attention, I read every word, and felt good after. Probably not literary genius but a good story.
Karen
Jack & Molly Campbell adopted Joey at birth. He is almost five years old now and they have been told that the adoption was fraudulent as the birth father never signed the release papers. Molly's sister Beth and her family try to help them through this terrible time with faith in the Lord. Wendy Porter, the birth mother, wrestles with her love for Joey and issues of his safety. As always, Karen Kingsbury creates an emotional, sometimes devastating, but uplifting message.
Barbi
I didn't think I was going to make it through this book when I realized truly what it was about. To clarify, I picked up the book since I like the author and didn't bother to read what it was actually about. I have enjoyed everything I have read of hers so far.
This book was especially challenging to me since my hubby and I are coming to the end of an international adoption. Reading what the Campbell's were facing in this book made me very thankful that our child is considered a "foundling" or or
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Leanne Johnson
This was an interesting read, compelling at times but a bit predictable and the characters were a little off. And unbelievable. The "4 year old" was described to be quite an advanced child, for example, he could dunk a basketball in a 9 foot hoop! ha! The men, especially the drunk husband, was written horribly. Like "baby, I didn't mean to, baby." it was kind of funny like that. It was also too descriptive in all the wrong places and had a LOT of back story where it wasn't necessary. Also, I'm a ...more
Toni Oberg
What if a child was ripped away from the only family he ever knew. Having children of my own I can't imagine what lengths I would go to so they would be safe. I felt compassion for the adoptive family and the birth mother.
Suzanne
I still get cold chills thinking about what it would be like to have to give up a child.... I'm not sure what I would have been willing to do had I been placed in this situation.
Kelly
As an adoptive mom, this story was challenging to read, as it was very realistic and I could easily relate to the thoughts and feelings of the adoptive parents. However, it was very well written and the characters were well developed, and Karen did an excellent job at making you care for the adoptive family, the adopted child and the birth mother.

Adopting children is both a challenge and a huge blessing, but it must be entered into carefully and prayerfully.

I highly recommend this book to anyon
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Amie
Good, but super predictable. Lots of unneeded dialogue and description. I found myself skimming a lot.
Jamie
This is the first book that I have read by Karen Kingsbury, and I was surprised by how emotional and easy flowing this book was. It's a heart-wrenching concept of a preschooler boy being taken from the only home he knows to live with his biological parents. I was so mad at Wendy and Rip in the beginning of the book because they were being selfish and not thinking about what their boy would want. My attitude did switch at the end though. The ending was predictable because I guessed what was going ...more
Linda
This book was a paget turner. The tension and emotion between an adoptive family of Joey from birth to 5 and the birth parents of a mother and exconvict father. The father had anger issues and was put in prison for his abusive behavior never knowing his wife was pregnant with Joey. He gets released and has tried to control his anger and drinking but the demons return and he gets abusive with his wife. She had signed the baby over for adoption by forging his name. He of course was not happy when ...more
fyc
The book was very slow moving in the beginning and as seems to be true to form for Christian Chic Lit, the "righteous" sister is being slammed for being a Christian by the other sister. Of course when the other sister is in crisis the Christian sister is able to lead her to God. At times I found myself on the brink of tears. What happens to the adoptive family and little Joey would just have to be everyone's fear. I really did like the book, in general, but wish that Christian writers would addr ...more
Lori Henrich
I loved this book, even if it made me cry. I haven't read very much by Karen Kingsbury, but I intend to read several if not all sometime in the future.

Molly and Jack seem to have the ideal life. They have a beautiful son named Joey who is the light of their life. Joey is almost five and although he isn't theirs by blood, they couldn't love him anymore than if he were. Molly is especially happy because her sister Beth and her family have just moved to the area so they can be close again. Beth and
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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s #1 inspirational novelist. There are more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

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