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Where Dandelions Bloom

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Includes an excerpt from Engraved on the heart.

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Includes an excerpt from Engraved on the heart. 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?


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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Tara Johnson
Publication Date
July, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.10 x 5.40 x 1.10 Inches

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Wonderful Civil War fiction!

I have been trying to do this story justice but my words fail me. I loved this book so much! I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Tara Johnson's latest novel, Where Dandelions Bloom. In it, she takes the reader right to the Civil War battlefield both as a female disguised as a male soldier and as a photographer trying to make a name for himself. Soldier Cassie is escaping an abusive father who wants her to marry a horrible man. Photographer Gabe is working under Matthew Brady trying to make a name for himself while capturing the terrible truths of war. Their friendship forged in the battle camp changes their lives forever. Full of battle action, glimpses into daily life in a Civil War camp, and so much more, Where Dandelions Bloom is a delight for fans of Christian historical fiction.

Incredible story of forgiveness and hope

“We learn who we were to decide who we want to be.'” Such a heart-gripping novel! This is the first novel by Tara Johnson that I have read and I am totally hooked on her writing! The author uses a well-loved trope of a woman disguising herself as a man to enter the army during the Civil War but puts a twist to the plot by making the hero of the story a wartime photographer and not a soldier. The story is well-written and easy-to-read, with a well-paced plot and beautifully broken characters. Cassie is a woman with gumption and grit, yet lives in fear and hatred of her father which leads to her fleeing her home and enlisting in the Union army. Gabe is an immigrant, a self-made photographer, and a loyal, compassionate, ambitious man who believes in the Old World idealism of women being frail and needing protection. He's given an opportunity to photograph the war while traveling with a Union regiment. When their worlds collide on the battlefields during the Civil War, they form a friendship but all is threatened when her true identity is revealed to Gabe and secrets infiltrate their tentative bond. Their friendship and blossoming love are so real and tender, as is their struggle for forgiveness - both extending and receiving that sacred of all gifts. Truly this book will touch your heart, especially if you're a fan of historical romance/fiction. The well-researched details and events that make up the backbone of the story are shown in realistic albeit gruesome light, and they will bring you right into the heart of the war that tore up our nation. Yet even in the midst of the atrocities of war, dandelions bloom and “where dandelions bloom, hope remains.” I received a copy of the book from Tyndale House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.


This a fictional story, but it is based on an actual person, and you will fall in love with Cassie/Thomas, what a tough lady she is. We feel the shells that hit the land around us, and the soldiers that are hurt or killed, and we are in the heat of battles in a war that tore our country apart. The author does a wonderful job with her words in making this seem so real! The title plays a big significance in this book, and I enjoyed how that played out, and you can really see it in your mind's eye! I received this book through the Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.

Love love and love this story!! Each and every one of us will find ourselves asking this question at some point in our lives, how in the world am I supposed to forgive someone who hurt me so badly? It just doesn't seem fair sometimes, especially when the person who wronged us refuses to make things right with us. It would be so much easier to just sit and stew in our feelings of anger, hate, and revenge. But that only places chains around our heart that can hold us back in life and weigh us down. There are times we just have to accept the apology that we may never get. It's so hard to do, but in the end our hearts will be free, knowing that we've done what we're supposed to do and let God handle the rest. We never know what surprises and blessings He has for us in the future!

Where Dandelions Bloom is one of the books you don’t want to miss this year. Set in Civil War Times and in the midst of the fighting. Cassie runs from a horrible situation at home and takes on a role being Thomas Turner in the war on the Union side. She fights soldiers but also fights demons in her life. Her father’s treatment of her was constantly in her mind and tormented her. Filled with action there is never a dull moment. Mrs Tara Johnson kept me wanting to flipping those pages but yet I wanted to savor every word. If ever I read a book that it felt like I was in the midst of the fighting it was this one. Well I can’t leave Gabe and Jonah out because they were a wonderful part of the book too. A little romance with Gabe and a whole lot of love from the humorous Jonah just kept the story flowing. God was working with the heart of Gabe and Cassie all along the way. He has a way of taking our circumstances and molding our lives into His image. One of my favorite quotes, “Always trying to fix things so everyone is taken care of. But such perfection is not attainable this side of glory is it?” This rang a bell with me because I’m always trying to take care of everything. We must let it go. If you like historical fiction read this wonderful story of romance, action, forgiveness and redemption where dandelions can grow and know there is hope to even the worst of sinners.

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