Where Dandelions Bloom

Where Dandelions Bloom Cassie Kendrick Is On The Run Her Abusive Father Arranged Her Marriage To A Despicable Man, But She S Discovered An Escape Disguised As A Man, Cassie Enlists In The Union Army, Taking The Name Thomas Turner On The Battlefields Of The Civil War, Keeping Her Identity A Secret Is Only The Beginning Of Her Problems, Especially After She Meets Gabriel Avery, A Handsome Young Photographer.Anxious To Make His Mark On The World And To Erase The Darkness And Guilt Lurking From His Past, Gabriel Works With Renowned Photographer Matthew Brady To Capture Images From The Front Lines Of The War As Gabriel Forges Friendships With Many Of The Men He Encounters, He Wonders What The Courageous, Unpredictable Thomas Turner Is Hiding.Battling Betrayal, Their Own Personal Demons, And A Country Torn Apart By War, Can Cassie And Gabriel Learn To Forgive Themselves And Trust Their Futures To The God Who Births Hope And Healing In The Darkest Places Where Dandelions Bloom, I absolutely loved it I ve read many civil war fiction books, it is one of my favorite historical subjects to read about, this one it is special The civil war was a bloody battle with so many lives lost I live very close to Gettysburg and visit it often and have learned much about the battle there.Even though this book is about the fighting and there are lives lost it is written with compassion by an author who has obviously put in many hours of research time This book is different, it is written with a woman s point of view about the war as the main character is a woman who disguised as a man enlists to escape an unacceptable marriage arranged by her father.The romance between civil war photographer, Gabriel and main character enlistee, Cassie is tender and sweet He isn t so happy to discover she s a woman at first, he s shocked and mourns the loss of what he thought was a male friend.I was very surprised to read how many woman actually enlisted in the civil war and were able to keep their secret the whole way through.I enjoy reading about historical things that are different and out of the ordinary and this was that but written in a way that kept my interest while fascinating me.The story line moves along quickly and doesn t drag at all I also was pleased to see at the end Cassie forgives her father for past wrongs because not forgiving can eat you up Hard as it is to do, it s the right thing to do Told with compassion,tenderness and authenticity I can not wait to read by this author Published July 1st 2019 by Tyndale House Publishers.I was given a complimentary copy of this book Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own. In Where Dandelions Bloom, Tara Johnson brings to life a fascinating aspect of the Civil War how several women succeeded in fighting, disguised as men Cassie and Gabriel are complex and interesting characters, facing difficult dilemmas, deep secrets, and painful betrayal A thoughtful message and light touches of humor make this novel even enjoyable A keeper I d just like to start off by saying that the writing style was amazing I was pulled into the story right away, even though it wasn t fast moving, and at first I was sure that this would end up a 5 star read.Well, it obviously went downhill.I loved the characters of both Cassie and Gabe, and before Gabe found out that Turner was actually a girl, I really enjoyed the book.But then he found out her secret And he couldn t stop noticing her perfect curves Especially when she was in a dress it just graced her feminine curves And her full lips heart eyes What made it all worse was that after almost every one of their detailed kisses, he had to pull back before he lost himself.But it was quite obvious that he d already lost himself.Cassie and Gabe s ongoing argument about a woman s place seemed I don t know so drawn out She loved him She kissed him He said something that offended her and reminded her of her abusive father She avoided him at all costs until an unexpected event usually danger or injury to one of them brought them back together Repeat.So what kept me from giving this book only 1 or 2 stars When they weren t together or thinking about each other the story was amazing The aspects of war were so real The author s writing voice was incredible But all the romance kinda ruined the rest. Tara Johnson has a gentleness in her writing that wraps around the heart and gives the impression of home And I think this is a great word to connect to the story.Cassie and Gabe come from such different backgrounds.Cassie Kendrick knows the pain of a heavy hand and rejection, and she s determined to now let the angry and unforgiving hands of her father take control of her destiny.Gabe Avery grew up as the son of poor immigrants in New York, but what they might have lacked in money, they did not in tenderness and love for one another Through grit and determination, and a bit of help from others, Gabe is able to work for renowned photographer Matthew Brady taking pictures of the war.A tentative but truthful friendship starts between them But war is not merely a scene to be captured on photograph Rather, it leaves deep scars and threatens to blacken the soul Heartache and grief seem like a dry land where nothing grows, but hope is obstinate, is perseveres and never gives up on you.And this lingering hope might just blossom into than anyone can ever think or imagine I received a review copy from the publisher All opinions are my own. This is an amazing story of one woman s journey of courage, forgiveness and love In Cassie, Ms Johnson has given her readers a spunky heroine who disguises herself as a young soldier in the Union army as she runs away from an abusive home environment While trying to maintain her secret identity, Cassie befriends Gabe, a photographer who follows the army as he chronicles the war through images I love that Cassie and Gabe challenge the other to become a better person as they learn to shed the chains that bind them With hauntingly beautiful prose, Johnson paints a vivid picture of the misery and suffering that accompanies war, as the theme of hope triumph overs all The spiritual theme of forgiveness is woven seamlessly through the story I love it when an author can challenge me through a work of fiction to evaluate my life A couple of my favorite quotes Wherever dandelions bloom, hope remains Time is too precious to waste in bitterness It will steal your joy Time While this is my first book I have read by Tara Johnson, it will definitely not be my last I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author publisher I was not required to write a review All opinions expressed are my own. Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comWhere Dandelions Bloom is a beautifully crafted story There are wonderful characters and an interesting plot and vibrant settings and engaging themes The author s literary artistry paints a word masterpiece worthy of the tears shed on its behalf.Poverty, abuse, war, and suffering play an important role in this book but the shining stars are hope and redemption May the beauty found blossoming in the ashes of brokenness inspire and encourage you through this story As I place this book on my all time favorites shelves, I strongly encourage my fellow readers to experience Where Dandelions Bloom.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review The opinions expressed are my own. I loved the author s first novel Engraved on the Heart, this follow up is just as good Cassie has to be one of the bravest characters I have read about The turmoil and trauma she faced Wow This really gives you a glimpse into the Civil War from the Unions side The chemistry between Cassie and Gabe was unbelievable Each fighting their own demons and in the middle of a war A definite must read Tara Johnson is becoming a favorite author of mine. Tara Johnson has done a wonderful job bringing the Civil War to life in Where Dandelions Bloom The battle scenes are very realistic, and you can tell she did in depth research to create the characters and plot I was especially interested in the hero and his work as a photographer My novella, Waiting For His Return, features a Special Artist war correspondent who followed the troops and sent drawings back for Harper s Weekly Illustrated Newspaper So it was great to see Tara include this aspect of Civil War journalism in her novel She handled the heroine s situation very well, and made me sympathize with her choices. Exemplary Civil War fiction Not only do I appreciate the author s deep commitment to the history of her timeframe, but I loved the characters and found the genuine conflict between them to be believable, composed of opposing values, not just a simple misunderstanding Watching Gabe and Cassie develop and mature to the very last page was a pleasure Bravo, Tara. This book is a Civil War story about a young woman who escapes a horrible family situation to join the Union army She meets the hero of the book who is a photographer for the Union This is filled with history and sweet kisses I loved the epilogue ending.

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  • Paperback
  • 393 pages
  • Where Dandelions Bloom
  • Tara Johnson
  • English
  • 14 June 2017
  • 9781496428356