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Where Dandelions Grow

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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 Des
ebook, 120 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Lydia Howe Publishing
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A cozy and whimsy read!

To be totally honest, I would have to say that I signed up to review this book 99% because it has the word 'dandelion' right there in the title. I mean, aside from my book and a book by Karen Kingsbury, I'm not sure I know of any other books that have that. So I just had to read it. ;) And I enjoyed the part dandelions played in the storyline and the theme of the book!

My favorite part of the book would have to be Destiny's spiritual and writerly journey. I could really re
Lisa Elis
***disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for writing a review.***

Within two months I'm reading another indie novella about DANDELIONS?!!? I love dandelions - I love any titles with dandelions - and I'd probably read the books without question (uh ... as long as I knew who the author was, I guess xD).

This book was an amazing little contemporary that I read in an afternoon :D Please give me some more <3


- It's about cousins! And I love cousins, you know -
Success. What a difference your personal definition of that one word can make! Destiny’s heard a lot about success; if you asked her, she would tell you what it meant, how her mother had always told her what a successful life was and how Destiny certainly couldn’t achieve it by pursuing her dreams of writing. Destiny doesn’t care for success like that, but what if she and her mom both have the wrong definition of what that seven letter word means?

Newly graduated from high school, Destiny decide
Jesseca Wheaton
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
So, I loved the idea behind the story. Cousin stories are far and few between, and I absolutely LOVE the fact that this was one of the main themes of the book.
Also, I loved the whole writing and bookishness. It was so perfect!

Unfortunately, I couldn't connect with Destiny. At all. Which made the story a bit "meh" to me, since she's the main character. I knew why she acted and made the decisions that she did, however, I couldn't understand why for many of them.

I did so love Teal and Charlie and h
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
What a fun story this was. Between the bookshop, dandelions, golden leaves, coffee, and friendships, the setting of this book was perfect! Swallow Ridge sounds like such a cute town, and I definitely wouldn't mind living there. ;)

All of the characters in this story were great. I loved how throughout the book, the cousins slowly started reuniting. They all had such fun and different personalities, and I loved the special bond that they all had.

This is the first cousins book that I've read, and I
Libby May
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
***I received a copy of this book for my honest review***

Beautiful book. I haven't finished it all the way through but I love the way that Lydia explains Destiny as a person and her story. The feeling it gives off is perfect, and if I had a hard copy of this book it'd be worn at the spine. I'm not a big online reader, so I haven't quite finished it yet.

I did have a hard time just getting into it at first, because of the way that it was layed out, but over all the story is pretty fun so far.

I wo
Anna  CS
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

OK...THIS BOOK <33333

The title grabbed me because dandelions! DANDELIONS! I mean how beautiful must a book with dandelions and cousins be. There are so, so many reasons to love this charming novella. I will try hard to make my review differ from others as I know everyone seems to be saying the same thing. :)

- THE PROLOGUE, the prologue was clear, enchanting and it made me want to read was a 1
Gray Cox
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lovely, novellas
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for writing a review.

I really, really, reallllllyyyyyy liked this book!

I've never had a great relationship with most of my cousins, since I live so far away, but OH, MY WORD. The cousin friendships were SO SWEET!!!! And the story idea was awesome.


-The setting of this story reminding me a lot of Adventures in Odyssey (yeah, I was that homeschool kid!) which brought back a sense of nostalgia that I love in books.

Kaitlyn Krispense
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie, read-in-2017
3.5 Stars

The book is well-written, and has some very good points. In order to be more and more like Christ, we need to 'take the higher road', as Lydia so aptly put it. With our relationships, with our money... with everything. She also brought up the point that our definition of success shouldn't be based on worldly things, but spiritual things, things that actually matter. However, I would've liked to see more about Destiny's road to success—how she came up with her own worldview, instead of j
Rebekah Morris
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
I enjoyed this story though there were parts I didn't like as much or I had problems with.

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 a
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
{3.5 stars}

I love the title and how the author has weaved the concept of dandelions into daily life. Even “weeds” are special!! The bond of the cousins is so sweet, and I loved how everything progressed. Destiny is a character that will inspire many who struggle with going forward with their dreams.

This is the type of a book I could hand to the whole family without a qualm. No romance, and very clean! The progress of the story was good, especially everything with the cousins, but sometimes the s
Amanda Tero
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Swallow Ridge--first by its name, and second, by its people. It was a sweet town, which fit right along with the sweet story of cousins being reunited.

I would hand this book over to any child with good conscience, seeing as there is no romance, suggested scenes, or questionable content.

The Christianity in this was slightly confusing. From what it appeared, Destiny was not a Christian, did not accept Christ, yet was able to "take the high road" and make changes apart from Chri
Kate Willis
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

What better time for this book to be released than autumn? I mean, the entire book just feels like autumn even though the seasons change. ;) I fell in love with Swallow Ridge immediately. It reminded me a lot of my own “hometown”, and even just the name is cute. (And Lillydawn Haven and Psalm 23 too! <3) I enjoyed the cousin dynamic immensely, and I’m not su
Sarah Grace Grzy
This was so sweet! An short-ish, sweet, story about family.

Destiny is an interesting, complex character, and her first person narration is very well done. You feel instantly drawn into the character and her struggles. The characters were all so unique and fun. From quirky and cute Teal (that name though - really? Adorable!) and 'Charlie', to low-key Lexie, to Kate, who's character is completely unique. ;) Just so fun! The writing style was pretty striped down, but I still enjoyed it. I loved th
Maddy B
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Where Dandelions Grow" was a great book! It's a good book to curl up with on a chilly afternoon with a fuzzy blanket, and a cup of coffee! xD

The story line was really good and it was VERY, VERY clean. I REALLY liked the setting (I WANT TO GO THERE xD). And I wish Noveltea was real. Noveltea is a place I'd LOVE to work at!

The writing voice was gorgeous . Lydia described things very well. And the characters were really sweet, although they were a bit hard to get close to, compared to other boo
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Find the full review on my blog at this link (https://anotebookonepenandme.wordpres...) ...more
Title: Where Dandelions Grow
Written By: Lydia Howe
Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction
Recommended Ages: 15 & up for difficult family situations

Dandelions. They are annoying weeds that pop up everywhere. But they bring such joy to a child’s heart when they lovingly pick a bouquet of flowers for Mommy and with growing excitement take the bouquet to her and receive an indulgent smile. But not all mother’s have that indulgent response. Not for the first bouquet nor for any that may or
Hailey Rose
The cover of this book is darling! And dandelions-- *heart eyes* Such a sweet significance to the story. This novella is a quick, sweet read with an absolutely charming writing style/voice that I loved. The story itself, however, isn't my favorite. I had a difficult time understanding what the end goal of the story was, and there wasn't much conflict/driving force to keep my interest. However, just because I don't care for it doesn't mean someone else won't absolutely love it! I loved the writin ...more
When this book came out last fall, I wanted to read it. I thought it sounded good. "Where Dandelions Grow" is a nice novella and it was a pretty good storyline. I enjoyed reading about Destiny and her journey to find herself and to reconnect with her cousins. I did have a bit of a hard time trying to read the book though, and I found it somewhat slow. If you are looking for a short read (that’s set in the fall!) you should give it a try! ...more
Annie Twitchell
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
4.5 stars.

Where Dandelions Grow was a sweet, easy read. This is romantic in the sense that coffee shops and pastries and books are romantic. Family, love, and faith blend together nicely in a pint-sized package that would go well with a cup of tea and one of Mrs. Reed's pastries.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not required in any way to give a positive review.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.

Wow. This was beautiful. It took my a while to read it, due to no action, but this was an awesome book worth reading.

Plot 5/5

The plot was well on track, well developed, and beautiful. I loved the mes
Clair St.Claire
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where Dandelions Grow is a very sweet story with a fantastic message. It's a great read for all ages and all walks of life. Destiny (our main character) is very relatable and continues to grow more and more lovable throughout the book. It certainly isn't a fast paced story with lots of problems, but honestly it's relaxing to read about people who are actually nice to each other for a change. Also, the author displays an optimism that really reflects in her writing. The entire story has an overal ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This book is out now so go buy :)

(I received this book from the author, Lydia Howe, in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own et cetera, et cetera.)

I loved this book! I'm not even saying that because it's a review copy - I did genuinely adore it. For me, it ticked all the boxes. Destiny, the main character, was sooo relatable even with the smallest things like the pain of braces or growing up watching Anne of Green Gables... ;)

I loved the chemistry between her and her
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
As a sci-fi/fantasy loving reader, I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel. But my heart was warmed by the beautiful themes, cozy feel, and relatable characters of Where Dandelions Grow.

The Plot
The plot revolved around family, which I loved! We follow Destiny, our protagaonist, as she sets out to discover the truth behind the fight between her mother and aunts that tore her from her cousins. There's a hint of mystery in the story as Destiny discovers what happened.
The pace is never incredib
Sarah Jane
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was very enjoyable to read. Lydia Howe's descriptive writing makes me want to visit Swallow Ridge and get to know the characters. It has a clear lesson, showing how destructive bitterness is and how forgiveness heals.

*I received a Kindle ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest opinion. It was a delightful read about four cousins who find each other after 11 years apart. My extended family is scattered far and wide, but there were a few cousins close enough with whom I was able to share some special times. This reminded me of those days. It is also a story of forgiveness. I loved this quote: "It takes a lot of courage to take the first step. To decide to let bitterness go. To choose the higher ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I remember coming across an earlier version of the first chapters of Where Dandelions Grow as a series on the author’s blog. Something about it stayed in my mind, and I went back ages later to reread those posts. I won’t lie – I was annoyed that the story was never finished as a blog series, because it was one of those stories I would remember snippets from, and it would plague me that I didn’t know how it ended. Anyway, it served to make me more excited when it was it was released as a book! I ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lydia Howe did a very good job with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel very blessed to have received the book for review from the author

What I Liked: From the very first page I was hooked on this story and I wanted to figure out what was going to happen.

Lydia Howe did an excellent job with her characters. Character development is definitely one of her strong points. I felt connected to Destiny, the main character and her cousins. What a great idea: having a character go in search of her
Angela Watts
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie-authors
FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free ecopy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

Writing: The writing style was hard to read for me -- it was quite a bit of telling, and not showing.

Setting: What a sweet setting! The town was nostalgic (we lived in a college town for a while! Eep!) and the seasons were vividly shown.

Characters: It was hard for me to really like the main character, and the POV was a bit dull sometimes, but overall, a sweet cast.
Blessing Counter
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Where Dandelions Grow is an absolutely charming little novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has also given me a wild desire to start a cafe/bookstore of my own. I mean, when I read about Noveltea, oh my goodness, I couldn’t (and still can’t!) think of anything better I would LOVE to do! I mean ahhhh!! Books? And coffee? And baked goods? In the same place??? *hugs self in delight* Seriously, if you can find a way to also add music performance or something in that, it literally could not get any ...more
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