Dance Of The Dandelion

Dance Of The Dandelion

by Dina Sleiman


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983455608
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Dina writes lyrical stories that dance with light. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace

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Dance of the Dandelion 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
jt4novels More than 1 year ago
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.
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
This book is not your typical romance. It is not always clear that "the" happy ending is on the horizon. In fact, you wonder all through the book what her happy ending will be. The characters are very vibrant and alive. I could not put the book down once I picked it up. I had to find out what the next choices were and how they affected her life. It is so true to real life and how sometimes we think the choices we are making are the right ones and exactly what we want and it turns out not to be so. As I walked through this book with Dandelion I couldn't help but understand how she felt through each new adventurous turn her life took. I felt her sorrow, disappointment, excitement and joy. This is a book you should have plenty of time to sit down and get lost in. It keeps you wondering where her choices will take her all the way to the last page of the book. It is hard to believe this is a first novel for Dina. I look forward to many more!
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
As I read Dance of the Dandelion, I found myself comparing it to the well-received mainstream novel, Year of Wonders--a novel also set in medieval times with a strong flavor of the exotic Middle East. The reader is taken from a hovel in the England countryside to within the tapestry-lined walls of a castle and all its evil secrets, to bustling London, and then to sun-kissed Italy. It is a flamboyant tale with bright imagery that I couldn't put down. The main character, Dandy, grew up dancing barefoot in meadows, and kept gnawing hunger away by poaching. She is as wild and spirited as a child, but with the body, mind and desires of a grown woman. Dandy doesn't even trust herself to do the right thing, especially when her decisions are influenced by her raw childhood memories of famine. Dandy wants more out of life than what her simple cotter family has, and more than what the young farmer, William, can ever give her. Because of this, she recklessly turns her back on true love to marry a nobleman from the nearby castle, only to find there are other types of hunger--the hunger of the soul. As Dandy struggles with heartache and at times, brutality, she also finds within each hardship a vibrant sense of hope. Dandy struck me as a strong, vivacious heroine who learns by failure before she grasps the truth. The literary talent of this author delighted me as I kept picturing the rich pallet of the Renaissance as I read this extremely gripping story. It was like reading light rippling across water. At the same time, the author doesn't shy away from difficult issues, but the story does come around to a Christian redemptive message that is totally believable, and a wonderfully satisfying ending. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved Dandelion as much as I did, check out these other awesome WhiteFire titles.
glorybooks More than 1 year ago
Dance of the Dandelion is a lyrical, magical, and lovely tale of romance, and adventure in the medieval era. Author Dina Sleiman infused this inspirational novel with a breathtaking mix of love, joy, poetry, wisdom and beauty. The adventures, love, and heartache that Dandelion experienced will touch true emotions in the reader. I didn’t want this inspirational story to ever end, and it stayed with me long after I finished reading. Dina Sleiman is an author to watch, and I can’t wait for the next book by this talented author.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have finally found the perfect novel. Seriously! This is the best book I have read in a very long time and I've read over 200 books in the last two years. For me the most emotional and touching part of the story had to do with Dandelion's fear of her own passion. God made her that way and she knew that deep inside. When she tried to squelch it, the effect never lasted. She longed for love and a better life, but her passion was misdirected so many times. She thought maybe choosing someone who was stable and secure was what she needed to control that passion that frightened her so many times, but that didn't work. Often women are drawn to men who have self-serving and selfish desires because they are so charming and passionate as well, but not in a way that shows love. That initial bond quickly shatters when the true colors of the person doing the abusing comes out and then the woman is trapped. Dandelion was strong in so many ways, but at the same time she was so very human. I loved her dearly as if she were a real person. Dance of the Dandelion inspired me in a place deep inside my heart that books rarely touch. I highly recommend this story for anyone who has looked for love and satisfaction in the wrong places and thus made poor choices in this life. The book illustrates through well-written characterization how you can experience the freedom to worship God with passion and fulfill that desire to know Him more. That's what Dandelion's story did for me.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Dance of the Dandelion is a medieval tale about a young woman named Dandelion who dreams of a different life than what she has. I have always enjoyed reading and learning the history of the medieval times, its place between the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, and just how backwards things became and the setting of this story was very well done. This is a heart wrenching tale about a woman who is looking for love, acceptance, and her destiny so to speak and she steps out of the bounds of a safe relationship and runs headlong into a troubled relationship, followed with many heartrending and heart breaking decisions. As I read this book I wanted to get her attention and to tell her to go back to her first love, the one that was meant to be. But as in real life, sometimes the only way we will learn and change is through the circumstances and fallout of our own decisions. This story very much reminded me of the Prodigal Son and it was at times sad to read but I saw it as an allegorical story as well in regards to our relationship to Christ. Have some tissues ready and be prepared to step back into a time when castles were the norm for a beautiful love story that stands out and will stick with you. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.
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SandiRog More than 1 year ago
I not only love the time period, but I fell in love with Dandelion immediately. I could relate to her desire to better herself, only problem is, she was looking in all the wrong places. It’s as though she had to go through what she did in order to learn what was best and Who was best for her. This was not only an adventure because of all the places she found herself, but an adventure within her soul: how to overcome sin, how to fight against temptation, how to be pleasing to the Lord. Something every Christian struggles with. And only one person understood her completely, and that was William. I saw him as a true hero, one who displayed the kind of love that God has for us. We’ve all sinned against God and betrayed Him in one way or another, but when we show Him true repentance, He is merciful and forgives us. William wasn’t perfect by any means, but he knew Dandelion’s heart.
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NaomiRawlings More than 1 year ago
The character of Dandelion haunted me as I read, she seemed so real at times. Dandelion's journey doesn't move fast but takes place over the course of years as she moves away from the girlhood home--and love--that she's known and searches for something better, namely a more affluent life. But over the course of her journey, she finds the physical things she seeks, yet her heart stays sick. I so very much enjoyed reading those moments and scenes when Dandelion finds what she's truly needed and searched for throughout the course of the novel. Since most of what I read and review is romance, be aware that this is not a straight romance story in which the hero and heroine slowly fall in love. It's more about a young woman's search for love, both human and divine, but the hero and heroine are separated for a large portion of the story. The story moves slowly, not one to be rushed through with page turning anxiety, but one to linger over and savor. Whatever your usual taste for books, you'll find the Dance of the Dandelion a rich story you won't soon forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago