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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Book Review - "Dance of the Dandelion" by Dina Sleiman

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor


Book Description
Love's quest leads her the world over. 

Dandelion Dering was born a peasant in the English village of Arun, but her soul yearned for another life, another world. One filled with color and music, with adventure and passion . . . with more. 

Haunted by childhood memories, Dandelion determines to find a better existence than the life every peasant in the village contents themselves with. Even if her sweetheart William s predictions prove true, and her journey leads straight to heartache. 

From her sleepy hamlet to the intrigue of castle life, from the heart of London to the adventurous seas, Dandelion flees from the mistakes of her past, always seeking that something, that someone who will satisfy her longings. 

Will Dandelion ever find the rhythm to her life's dance . . . or did she leave her chance for true love at home in Arun village?

My Review
This is an intriguing medieval tale of the prodigal daughter searching for the lust of the world to only discover more heartache and ruin than she ever imagined possible. Dandelion dreams of escaping her peasant world of poverty and hunger to the luxurious life in a castle full of comfort and security. She discovers the pains of betrayal, abuse, jealousy, abandonment, and a spiritual hunger that devours her soul, giving her no rest in her quest.

In many ways, this book reminds me of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers with the exception that Angel was forced down her path of destruction as a child devoid of a choice, while Dandelion was a young woman who consciously made her choices. Both heroines had a man who steadfastly loved them with an unconditional love in spite of being rejected and abandoned themselves. This is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness, sacrifice and redemption. The ending is satisfying both romantically and spiritually.

To learn more about the author, visit Dina Sleiman.

Dance of the Dandelion is available in both print and e-book formats. Purchase here.