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Like Dandelion Dust

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,966 Ratings  ·  453 Reviews
Jack and Molly Campbell can imagine no greater happiness than sharing their lives with their adopted son, Joey. Then, suddenly one day, their joy is dispersed like dandelion dust in the wind: A judge rules that four-year-old Joey must be returned to his biological father. As the Campbells desperately search for a solution, they begin to grapple with the moral core of life' ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by Center Street
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Aoibhínn
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
Oct 31, 2010 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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 Andrews
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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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
Kathy Piper
May 15, 2009 Kathy Piper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Glen Beck
Shelves: cound-not-finish
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Teanne
Apr 20, 2009 Teanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Britni
Jun 18, 2011 Britni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Amanda
Apr 14, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about the battle between the birth parents and the adoptive parents of 4-year-old Jack. The book was a story of family, love, and faith. I felt a variety of emotions throughout these pages: happiness, sadness, anger, compassion, empathy, love. I learned valuable lessons from several of the characters and found myself asking some difficult questions. I would suggest this book to anyone who needs a faith restoration.
Melody
Loved it! :)

Like Dandelion Dust is definitely one of my new favorites! I loved everything about this book! The story was very interesting and so well-developed. At the end, I just couldn't put it down! I had to know how the book ended and what was going to happen to the characters... It turned out that the end was beautiful and heart-wrenching at the same time.

The characters were very believable and each had its own personality. I also enjoyed reading the story from different points of view.

Kare
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Alan
"Always at the end of a book, I stand back amazed. Awed that God would give me another story..."

I'm not sure what planet Kingsbury lives on, but if this story was given to her by God, then surly it was his intent that she let someone else write it down for her.

This book was recommended by a friend, and I'm well aware that our reading interests are vastly different, however, I did wish for the ability to read something that I could discuss at our next social gathering. So, reluctantly, I embarke
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Colette
Jun 06, 2013 Colette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian

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
Oct 10, 2012 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kellie
Jan 26, 2009 Kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 24, 2011 Maurin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2012 Marty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Becki
Book club book for September mainly because the movie is being released across the country over the next three weekends (although not here until Oct.8).\nIn Like Dandelion Dust Karen tackles the topic of adoptionand what happens when the biological parents decide they want the child back.\nRip Porter was sent to jail for domestic violence right before Wendy, his wife, discovers her pregnancy. To protect her child, she signs adoption papers. When Rip is released and learns of it, Wendy joins wit ...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
Jun 05, 2012 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 04, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Eva Lounsbury
I read this almost in one sitting. I couldn't stop reading. Had to know what happened. This book really got me thinking - when the most precious thing in the world to me is at stake, do I really, really, really have faith that God will take care of things? And faith enough to trust even if it means giving everything?
Karen
Feb 11, 2013 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jenny Martin boggs
It starts out a little slow and even maybe cheesy, but stick with it!
Barbi
Apr 14, 2014 Barbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2014 Leanne Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
ANNETTE
Feb 15, 2016 ANNETTE rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Well done . Being adopted I can understand most of the story a little better.
Shauna
Jul 19, 2015 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had an interesting premise: a judge decides to return a four-year-old adopted boy to his mother and abusive father because the father didn't have the chance to sign the adoption papers. The story provides a backdrop for an exploration of motherly love and sacrifice, faith, and God's interest in our lives. The writing style, however, was not great. The religious themes were addressed in a preachy and heavy handed way. I prefer a lot more subtlety. Also, much of what happened was not bel ...more
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