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  1. says:

    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 of the story was interesting but the author is not a good enough writer to pull it off. This novel was simply too formulaic, too sweet, too predictable, too simplistic, too everything I don't like.

    The characters were all under developed and stereotypical - the adoptive family were nauseatingly perfect, and the birth mother is poor so she has to be sleeping around right?! None of the characters seemed to be realistic - especially the four-year-old boy that talked and acted like a 40-year-old adult. The entire novel had that 'la-la-land' feel to it.

    To make matters worse, I wasn't expecting this novel to be overly religious. Normally I don't mind if the characters are religious but on every page the author wrote paragraphs about god, the bible, how people who don't go to church and believe in god are going to hell, etc. The religious preaching really overwhelmed the story. At times it felt like the author was trying to force her believes down my throat which I certainly did not enjoy.

    I kept reading it until I reached the end, hoping it would get better, but it never did. This was the first novel I've read by Karen Kingsbury and I don't think I'll read another novel by this author ever again. How on earth did this poorly written novel manage to get published, go on to become a bestseller and get made into a film???

    The book was very disappointing and a waste of my money and my time. Don't make the same mistake as I did, avoid this novel and author at all costs! One star!


  2. says:

    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 they don't go to church or bible study every week. That's not fair, blah blah blah." What really, really got me and made me stop reading this book was this quote : "God, please give Molly a reason to need you. I won't bring it up... so give her a reason, God. Please." So because it wasn't fair for Molly to love life and have a happy one without having to devote herself to church and bible study, she wants something bad to happen to her so she will have a reason to pray? Clearly the author is trying to make a point here. Devote your life to Christ or you shall be punished.

    The other major problem I had with this book was the writing style. the author could not complete a sentence or give a character the control over their own thoughts without having to validate it. I can write a book, right? I can make spaghetti for dinner, right? Some examples:

    Their attitude towards church was ok, wasn't it?
    What they had was fine, wasn't it?
    She still had a few Camels, right?
    He'd been sorry before, right?
    That had to be better, right?

    and so on, and so on...

    I really wanted to enjoy this book, that is why I kept reading it after twenty pages. It just wasn't possible.


  3. says:

    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 come true. After five years of raising the son that they adopted, suddenly the birth father comes out of prison and learns that his wife placed their child, a son, for adoption just after he entered prison five years prior. The wife had falsly signed his signature on the adoption paperwork, and for five years lived happily knowing that she spared her baby from being raised in a chaotic home.

    The book has a Christian twist to it, as the adoptive family isn't religious, but the adoptive mother's sister and brother-in-law are very spiritual and religious. The sisters get along but the two husbands do not, and the main reason being a difference in opinion about religion.

    The sister learns about the biological parents wanting their son back and offeres to her sister and brother-in-law to come to church with them and turn over their problems to God. Of course, the book goes all the way to the end before the ending that I was pleased with, but the message is definitely one about believing in God and knowing that Jesus will get you through anything. The author is a Christian author and writes other Christian fiction.

    As someone who has adopted, I was able to relate to this book and felt for the main characters and they traveled through their worst nightmare. Anyone with children will love this, and those who have adopted will love it even more.


  4. says:

    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 found it incredibly cheesy I'd blamed that on the shortness of the book and the subject matter. Kingsbury is massively popular in the Christian genre, and while a lot of her storylines appeal to me I just haven't got around to reading any of her other books until now. But when I noticed that this one was in my local library catalogue I requested it and was determined to read it over my intersemester break. The plot really did have a lot of potential, but the way that Kingsbury went about the spiritual parts of the book really left a bad taste in my mouth, and there were a couple of other part of the story that bugged me.

    I didn't hate this book but I didn't particularly like it either. Comparing it to other novels in the Christian market, it's a pretty average story. It could have done a lot more with the subject matter, but unfortunately I found that most of the book revolved around the main characters coming to believe in Christ and not their custody battle for their adopted son. Conversion stories always rub me wrong, especially ones like this that don't seem entirely believable. And in all honesty - I'm already a Christian, and I don't need to read books about other people coming to Christ in order to remind me of Christ's saving grace and how I'm sanctified through my belief in him. I much prefer reading books about Christians who use their faith to overcome difficulties. So perhaps my distaste for conversion stories is why I wasn't so keen on the subject matter of this book, since all three main characters came to Christ during the book. Joey's sections were the most believable, to be honest. And very cute. But his parents' sudden belief in God didn't entirely convince me.

    I also got annoyed at the ways that Beth and Bill kept trying to witness to Molly and Jack, who were clearly uncomfortable with it, and that they wouldn't change their methods of showing their friends Christ's love for them when they realised that their friends just weren't in the right place for receiving God's good news. Sometimes the best way to witness to someone is to show God's love through your actions (especially if the people in question are uncomfortable with you talking openly about God), not preach the gospel every five minutes and refer to everything in life as "God's will". I was particularly annoyed when Beth told her son to share his toy because "That's what Jesus wants". She never explained WHY Jesus wanted people to share their belongings, just that that was how life was. One day, this little boy is going to grow up and go to high school, and when someone asks him why he will or won't do anything, all he'll be able to say is "Because Jesus says I should" and when questioned further he'll realise that he doesn't know WHY Jesus commands such things. I've seen so many children grow up to be disillusioned with the church because their entire lives are ordained by "This is what the Bible says we should do" without any deeper understanding of why God wants us to do such things.

    I fully admit that my uncomfortableness with the preachy sections of this stems from personal experience, but I imagine I'm not the only one who cringed when Beth brought God or church into every conversation with her sister even though it was pushing her brother-in-law away from them. Especially when she prayed for God to show himself to Molly and Jack in his own way, and then continued to pressure them about church and talked about God all the time rather than waiting for Molly to make the first step. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but something just didn't sit right with me in this book. I don't believe that this is the way that God calls us to witness to people, nor did I think that the way Bill and Beth brought church or God into every conversation or thought seemed realistic of Christian behaviour. A lot of what they said felt forced.

    But the same can be said for the non-Christian sections of the book, the ones that dealt with Joey's custody battle. So many times, Molly would be discussing something with Jack or thinking something over and then the text would include a phrase along the lines of "Suddenly, she realised that this would never work out." or "Suddenly, it all became clear to her." or "Suddenly, she completely understood Jack's point of view." Molly had a lot of moments of sudden clarity in this book, and every time she had one of these moments it jerked me out of the flow of reading and forced me to examine the style of writing that Kingsbury used. It's very simplistic, but not in a particularly bad way. But sometimes her simplistic style of writing also utilised simplistic writing devices, such as Molly's moments of clarity, which always came to her suddenly, when she needed them most, and about two lines after she'd been struggling with the issue. I wouldn't have minded if this came up once or twice but this was used frequently throughout the book and really irritated me as it never seemed entirely realistic that two sentences after she'd been worrying about something she'd be able to immediately discern the root of the problem. To be honest, this device was just weird. I'm not sure why Kingsbury constantly used it.

    I realised early into the book that I was meant to be convinced of Beth and Molly's strong friendship, which was constantly reinforced by flashbacks to their childhood and references to special events that they'd shared. These kept being brought up over and over, but when Molly and Beth were actually together, even early on in the book before the Joey situation came up, I didn't see any evidence of this relationship. They both seemed uncomfortable since their husbands didn't get on very well and Beth's faith seemed to have distanced them. And since their friendship was such a vital part of the plot, I think the fact that I wasn't convinced of their relationship stopped me from appreciating other parts of the plot.

    This book wasn't all bad. It definitely gets a star for wrenching my heart during the sections with Wendy and Joey. Wendy was the most convincing character in the entire book (even if I wasn't sure why she was so certain that she would take Rip back when he came out of jail, the social worker was clearly keen to help her there). Her love for her son that led her to want to protect him even though she was desperate to be a mother really touched me, and I even shed a tear in places. I felt much stronger emotions regarding Wendy than I did Molly, which I don't think was Kingsbury's intention. Wendy and Joey were definitely my favourite characters in the whole book, and I also liked Allyson, the social worker who understood the injustice of the situation but felt that her hands were tied.

    I have a lot of bones to pick with this book, and I can understand why some Christians swear off Christian fiction because of its preachiness if this is the sort of book they've read. This book had a lot of potential, even with just focusing on the stories of the two mothers and the decisions they had to make to protect their son. I'm not suggesting that Molly, Jack and Joey's coming to believe in Christ should have been taken out of the book, just that it could have been more subtly woven into the story. Likewise, other elements of the story telling could have been toned down, and others (like Molly and Beth's friendship) needed more work to be convincing.

    I imagine that I'm going to be offending a lot of Karen Kingsbury fans with my review. I totally came to this book with an open mind, but within the first five or so chapters I knew that it was too preachy for my liking. But I persevered as a lot of my friends enjoy her books, and I did enjoy this novel on some level, but sadly not as much as I'd hoped. But I'm not giving up on Kingsbury, and I plan to try another of her books in the future. If you have any recommendations of other Kingsbury novels that don't have such an overbearing message and don't feature conversion scenes I'd much appreciate it! Overall, I'd give this book 6/10 as I did enjoy the main story even if other factors took away from this enjoyment at times.


  5. says:

    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 what you were in for...I'm thinking if a person is that opposed to reading about another persons views on religion, then the blurbs on the back should be enough to deter you...

    The story does center heavily around faith. There's no denying it. The main character's sister Beth and her husband Bill are devoted to their faith, and spend a good deal of time attempting to guide Molly and Jack in the same direction. The story is one of finding faith, or renewing faith and of trusting in faith. As someone with little to no faith, I still found it inspiring. Am I going to go to church tomorrow? Probably not. Yet I am still open-minded enough to recognize a touching story when I read it, even if it doesn't directly relate to my views.

    If stories about faith and God turn you off, then don't waste your time with this one. Otherwise, it's worth the read. It's heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The characters are believable...they're full of emotion and human insecurity, just like the rest of us. I found myself relating to several of them, though on the outside they're nothing like me at all.

    I know a lot of folks didn't care for this book, but I sincerely enjoyed it. Underneath all the controversial religious content, is a sweet story of a very loved little boy.


  6. says:

    Tragedy, she remembered hearing a newscaster say, is the open door to finding faith.


    My wife and I saw the 2009 film adaptation a few years ago, and since then, I was curious about the novel. I had to read It. Thankfully, sufficient time had lapsed, allowing only vague recall of the Christian drama, starring Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper, and a handful of others.

    Going forward, I didn't know what to expect. Would the details vary greatly, or would they come back as I went along? The answers were a combination of the two, but mostly, it felt fresh. Karen Kingsbury's prose was crisp, and reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's
    explorations of controversial issues, with the simplicity of Nelson DeMille.
    Simultaneously, she delivered decent worldbuilding, compelling characters, and vivid descriptions.

    Almost immediately, the writing quality impressed me, and I envisioned her overall storytelling abilities as being consistent. About those, she didn't disappoint. But throughout the back half, certain aspects felt gradually contrived. By the three-quarters mark, despite still caring about the outcome, I found myself struggling to take Kingsbury very seriously.

    It wasn't all poorly done, though. On display were several strengths, too. For instance, she clearly spent significant time with these key players, getting to know their quarks, some background information, and most importantly, their hearts. Unequivocally, they were a great strength, and for good reason. For one, granting them individual POV 's helped lend them a certain distinction. Among other factors, they were also empowered by numerous sources. They stood firm in their convictions.

    In my limited experience, faith-based fiction tends to center around morally upstanding individuals-- the exception being the antagonist, who conveniently paints the opposition in a brighter, almost angelic light. And though Kingsbury did conjure a somewhat sanitized reality, the cynic in me could argue, to an extent, that she scored points against the grain. How? Because even five year old Joey (sadly caught in the middle of a contentious custody battle,) harbored some secrets, his kindhearted disposition notwithstanding. Nothing serious, but aren't we all guilty of keeping one secret or another?

    Between the reference tool and Scripture, days later Beth was convinced of two things. First, the Bible was full of sound wisdom, and second, the message might amount to more than head smarts. It might hold the difference between life and death.


    Unfortunately, not every character reached their full potential. While Molly and her sister, Beth Petty, were considerably developed, alongside the volatile relationship which was Rip and Wendy Porter, Bill and the Petty brood, however, barely held a presence. Beth's husband basically served as her sounding board, while also playing a small part in the unraveling plot. Their children (minus Jonah, who contributed in his own way,) were virtual caricatures of the typical American family.

    Jack's character surprised me the most. He was also the most problematic. He didn't begin that way, though. I'll give him--and the author-- that much. I initially thought his showed the most promise, fully capable of redeeming qualities; of realistic hope and change. And he was some of those things, but not to the extent I'd envisioned. He could've been much more. That's my ultimate lament. As happened so often in the novel, Jack's flaws started oozing out about halfway through, and they never really let up. The ease of his actions became more pronounced. He did some very questionable things (albeit for good reasons,) and he seemed to revel in them. But they came far too easy, rendering him unconvincing. Granted, he was charismatic, but nobody's THAT good, convincing, or smooth.

    I believe it could've been a different reading experience altogether, if Kingsbury had made the reader privy to his past, if done so honestly. Jack's choices, especially the ease of them, might have been otherwise more believable. Yet, she provided none of that.

    Like Dandelion Dust was strong in another way: research. The sad realities of the damaged U.S. justice system, adoption, the ins and outs of addiction (not essentially drug and/or alcohol abuse,) and domestic violence were explored, and executed with a gusto; an indelible passion not present in other areas. Only in those moments did her heart-tugging tale feel authentic. In that respect, it was a world I wanted to be a part of, if only to gaze into Joey's beautiful eyes, and ensure him that everything might be okay. Furthermore, that research was both educational-- without being pedagogical-- and quite sobering.

    Conclusively, the ending felt very forced. There's no way around it. On some level, it was also predictable. Not specific details, but definitely the general consensus. The emotional impact of the last twenty-five or so pages, however, did surprise me...in a big, bittersweet way.

    Afterward, in this paperback edition, was an impressive readers guide, featuring many pertinent questions to enable healthy discussions about the story. That was enjoyable and helpful.

    Now, please don't take my experiences as definitive. A lot of readers loved the film and novel. Try it for yourself, form your own opinions. That's always best.

    Regarding said constructive criticisms, they weren't said to complain or to taint the work in any way. I wanted to love it, to praise it shamelessly. I truly did. But forever striving for honesty, clarity, and fairness, I couldn't do that, nor would I. Also, I believe in giving most authors the benefit of the doubt, by which I mean I ordinarily won't judge them by one work alone. Kingsbury's no different. In fact, my wife owns several more of her books, and I plan on trying those. I'd watch Like Dandelion Dust again.


  7. says:

    I really liked the concept of the story and found it a very intriguing premise (an adopted boy getting claimed by his birthparents by a technicality), but unfortunately, I didn’t like it much at all.

    I thought the characters were too perfect. Honestly, I didn’t like Molly at all, and I found Beth and Bill to be too perfectly Christian. And then there’s Rip, who was an extremely confusing and inconsistent character. I could not figure out if he was good or bad, and in this case, it wasn’t a good thing. Joey was a very unrealistic child, too. I thought the way he found God was sweet to an extent, but also very implausible for a child his age. Wendy was by far the most intriguing character, but even she fell flat, and her plot arc ultimately meant nothing to the story in the end. She served her purpose and then disappeared without any sort of closure, which I didn’t like at all. Generally, I really appreciated the messages the author was trying to send, but I just wasn’t impressed by the delivery.


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  8. says:

    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 no Shack.


  9. says:

    Some will say it's terribly unfair to give a book a one-star rating after only a few chapters, but reading a book is like meeting a man on the first day - I know within the first 10 minutes whether or not I want to sleep with him. And I definately do not want to sleep with this book.

    To sum up how I feel about this book (and what sealed my decision to not continue reading it), please read the review written by fellow Goodreader, Tiffany: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

    The following is my comment on her review, which is also going to double as my own review:

    Oh, boy this is what I was afraid of. I'm only on page 33 and I've already discerned that Molly & Jack are going to be "punished" for not going to church, for not "needing" God. And this was before I read your review.

    I don't think I'm going to finish this book. I've got so many other worthwhile titles waiting to be read; I can't waste my time on evangelical drivel. It's a shame because this plot had the potential to be a great story. And I guess it is a great story - probably for the same kind of people that loved Glen Beck's The Christmas Sweater.

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    I suppose I didn't read far enough to find out if this is explained, but there is the gigantic plot hole of Wendy signing Rip's name on the adoption papers. Don't those sorts of documents need to be notarized? I'm assuming the reason the judge does grant custody to Rip is because Wendy forged his signature. Are we to believe that in an adoption (especially by a rich, perfect couple such as Molly & Jack), there were no lawyers involved making sure all "t"s were crossed and all "i"s were dotted? Or perhaps that was another one of God's little tricks, his way of ensuring the Jack & Molly will "need" him one day. What a funny guy that God is!

    To be clear: I *do* believe in God and I *am* a spiritual person. I pray every day. But do I believe that God is vengeful? No. Do I believe he is controlling everything that happens to us? No. We have free will. It says so right there in that Bible that everyone is so fond of quoting, but not actually reading, it would seem.


  10. says:

    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 little juvenile/corny it overall was a really good book! I was brought to tears many times. The storyline was captivating and heartwrenching.
    The adoptive parents love their son so much. They provide a wonderful life for him, are great parents and they are so loving and sweet with him. He is their world. And then the biological father gets out of jail finds out he had a son who was given up for adoption without his knowledge (making the adoptive papers fraudulent b/c he didn't sign them) The court rules that the boy needs to return to his bioligical parents, and of course as the reader you want him to stay in the only home he's ever know with the parents that love him rather than enter into a home w/ a guy that's been in prison for domestic violence. But then a part of you sides w/ the bioligical mom who had a really hard time giving up her son in the first place. She has thought about him and ached for him over the years, but she always thought he was in the right place until the Dad got out of jail and convinced her he was changed and he wants to be a Dad.
    This story is gripping, and as a mom I felt like my heart would break right along w/ the mom in the story when she thought she was going to lose her son.


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