Sunday, January 23, 2011

Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury

Like Dandelion DustLike Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 falsely 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 offers 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.


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