Where Dandelions Bloom

Title: Where Dandelions Bloom

Author: Tara Johnson

Publisher: Tyndale

Genre: Historical Romance

Pages: 416

Available: Wherever books are sold


Where Dandelions BloomCassie 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?

Positive Elements:

The importance of forgiveness is shown and discussed, as is the importance of relying on God.

Negative Elements:

One use of hellish.

Spiritual Elements:

Characters pray; the Bible is quoted and read multiple times.


A child is pushed around and bullied; a man hits a woman; battle is described; casualties of war are mentioned; a characters is attacked by her father; characters are shot.


It is mentioned soldiers frequent brothels; characters kiss.


5 Stars


Where Dandelions Bloom is delightfully-crafted and filled with well-written characters, and intriguing plot, and a strong faith element. For anyone who enjoys Civil War historical romance, Where Dandelions Bloom is a must read.


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