Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe - Review

October 02, 2017

Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe
    Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe

 ★★★★★

 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 Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers.

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal - unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But life in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught.

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?

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(book aesthetic made by yours truly)

(disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an honest review)

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. :)

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- THE PROLOGUE, the prologue was clear, enchanting and it made me want to read MORE...it was a 10/10 way to begin the book.

- The family dynamics were very well done. the truth of the matter is families do fight and there are splits but despite that family will always be family. I love the way Lydia handled this...portraying the bittersweetness of childhood memories to the reality of the present. How to reconnect despite inevitable mistakes of past generations...

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- This is a sweet, charming, heart warming book...and though I like this particular story handled that way I see how people could get annoyed and think that this book is cheesy. If this was a novel then it would have been better to develop some backstory and add more intensity but as a novella I think it was well written.

- If you prefer fast paced, thrilling reads this is definitely not the book for you.

-The characters are unique and enjoyably developed.

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- The article by Lexie (one of the book characters) called "Loss and Redemption" brought me to tears. It was absolute gold.

- I LOVE how Destiny journals all the time and Noveltea and all the general themes of the book are a writer's dream come true.

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- The metaphors and symbols are beautiful

- The story has a unique voice. It is definitely told through Destiny's (main character) personality.
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This book is 5/5 and I highly suggest you read it when it's a bit colder, cuddled up in a warm sweater, with a steaming hot mug of your favorite drink.... a fireplace would be nice too and so would a window where you could see the leaves fall. A Fall must read. :)

AND PLEASE follow the author, she is really so sweet! :) Lydia Howe

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Guys I'm so sorry for the late post! I am away from home babysitting for 2 weeks so I am over my head busy explaining for this goodreads copy review! ;) After I come home I'll have a story post so you can get to know about this week's crazy adventures, until then ;) (And I promise I'll respond to all your comments asap)
Anyway did you all read this book, what did you think??? :) Whatever you have to say comment below frens <3 

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16 comments

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    1. You do!!! It's a quick little autumn read :)

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  2. I want to do read this! It sounds so pretty! :D

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  3. I've been seeing this all over the blogosphere and it sounds pretty cool. <3
    Great review!!

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    1. I know! I'm so luck to have been contacted for an ARC. Thanks Ivie!!!

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  4. You ALL need to read it! It's amazing. *nods in agreement with Anna*

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  5. I'll have to get a copy one of these days...

    Catherine

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  6. I haven't read this book. Thanks for the review! Maybe I'll go and look it up... ;-D

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  7. This Novella sounds awesome!:) I also love the collage.
    -Quinley
    P.S it is awesome that you got a free copy of it!:)

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    1. Thank you so much Quinley! And yes it was pretty nice :)

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  8. Ahh! Loved reading your review of this book :) ALSO YOUR AESTHETIC IS GOLD HOW DO YOU DO IT lol

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    1. THANK YOU :))) OMW BRB CRYING...Getting a good Aesthetic is like my goal so that means ALOT. AND WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT AESTHETIC, GO LOOK AT YOUR OWN BLOG GIRL...#aestheticgoals

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