Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson

Where Dandelions Bloom

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 darkne...

Details Where Dandelions Bloom

TitleWhere Dandelions Bloom
Release DateJul 1st, 2019
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Military History, Civil War, Romance

Reviews Where Dandelions Bloom

  • Clara
    Tara Johnson has a gentleness in her writing that wraps around the heart and gives the impression of home. And I think this is a great word to connect to the story.Cassie and Gabe come from such different backgrounds.Cassie Kendrick knows the pain of a heavy hand and rejection, and she's determined to now let the angry and unforgiving hands of her father take control of her destiny.Gabe Avery grew up as the son of poor immigrants in New York, but...
  • Susan
    This is an amazing story of one woman's journey of courage, forgiveness and love. In Cassie, Ms. Johnson has given her readers a spunky heroine who disguises herself as a young soldier in the Union army as she runs away from an abusive home environment. While trying to maintain her secret identity, Cassie befriends Gabe, a photographer who follows the army as he chronicles the war through images. I love that Cassie and Gabe challenge the other to...
  • Carrie Turansky
    Tara Johnson has done a wonderful job bringing the Civil War to life in Where Dandelions Bloom. The battle scenes are very realistic, and you can tell she did in-depth research to create the characters and plot. I was especially interested in the hero and his work as a photographer. My novella, Waiting For His Return, features a Special Artist/war correspondent who followed the troops and sent drawings back for Harper's Weekly Illustrated Newspap...
  • Kaitlyn Krispense
    I'd just like to start off by saying that the writing style was amazing! I was pulled into the story right away, even though it wasn't fast-moving, and at first I was sure that this would end up a 5-star read.Well, it obviously went downhill.I loved the characters of both Cassie and Gabe, and before Gabe found out that 'Turner' was actually a girl, I *really* enjoyed the book.But then he found out her secret. And he couldn't stop noticing her per...
  • Dana Michael
    This book is a Civil War story about a young woman who escapes a horrible family situation to join the Union army. She meets the hero of the book who is a photographer for the Union. This is filled with history and sweet kisses. I loved the epilogue ending.
  • Jocelyn Green
    Exemplary Civil War fiction. Not only do I appreciate the author's deep commitment to the history of her timeframe, but I loved the characters and found the genuine conflict between them to be believable, composed of opposing values, not just a simple misunderstanding. Watching Gabe and Cassie develop and mature to the very last page was a pleasure. Bravo, Tara.
  • Betsy
    If you love Christian historical romance loaded with facts, faith, and lessons in forgiveness, then you must pick up Tara Johnson’s latest novel “Where Dandelions Bloom”, set during the American Civil War. With page-turning action and attention to detail, I felt like I was right there in the scenes, such were the vivid descriptions penned by this not-to-miss author of Christian historical romance. As a result of this poignant story, I will ...
  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    Johnson gives readers a glimpse of a whole other side of the Civil War in Where Dandelions Bloom. It's more than just a girl playing the part of a soldier. It's more than a photographer capturing the images of war. It's even more than the story of two people coming together in unfortunate circumstances, and yet having to learn how to let their guards down and feel something. This is a story of forgiveness. It's a story of putting your past behind...
  • Rebecca
    3.5 stars"She was trapped like a bird in a cage. She could see freedom beyond the wire enclosure, but her wings could not beat strong enough to break the bars."Cassie Kendrick was desperate. Enough so to attempt the unthinkable. Would it work? Disguised as a young man, she successfully enlists in the Union army under the name of Thomas Turner, for Cassie would rather be listed as a casualty of war than be forced into an atrocious marriage by her ...
  • Kelly Tyree
    I cannot say enough good things about Where Dandelions Bloom. The book kept me totally engaged right up to the end. I loved the characters so much that I wanted them to find the happiness that they sought.Cassie Kendrick lives with an abusive father that has her future planned. He had planned the future for her sisters and they were miserable. Cassie's father's plans are scary enough that Cassie disguises herself as a man, Thomas Turner, and ente...
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    Have you ever wondered what would make a woman in the 1860’s disguise herself as a man, pick up a gun, and fight in a war? I don’t know about you, but when I think of women in the 1860’s I imagine the big hoop skirts with lots of ruffles (Think Gone With The Wind), I never realized that there were women who joined the war efforts.Author Tara Johnson set out to answer that very question, “what would make women disguise herself as a man, pi...
  • Abby Breuklander
    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 apologize and 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 ...
  • Cynthia Roemer
    Cassie Kendrick is willing to do anything to get away from her abusive father and her arranged marriage to a man just as horrific. Seizing her one opportunity, she cuts her hair and enlists in the Union army as the Civil War ensues. Though she goes to excruciating lengths to keep her disguise intact, eventually her secret is discovered by Gabriel Avery, a handsome photographer who has befriended Cassie's alter ego, Thomas Turner, while traveling ...
  • Maureen Timerman
    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 ou...
  • Faye
    Cassie Kendrick takes her life into her own hands, escaping and arranged marriage and her abusive, alcoholic father, by dressing as a man, taking the name Thomas Turner and joining the Union Army. But her disguise becomes more difficult when she meets the handsome photographer, Gabe. Photographer Gabriel Avery, is anxious to make his mark on the world by documenting the war, under the mentorship of Matthew Brady. Raised in the city, he is unprepa...
  • MJSH
    “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...
  • Cathy Cermele
    Tara Johnson has written one the best Civil War novels that I have read and I have read several because historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Ms. Johnson is a new to me author but after reading Where Dandelions Bloom, I can easily see her becoming one of my must read authors.With limited choices on how to escape her abusive father who has arranged her marriage to an equally wretched man, Cassie Kendrick enlists in the Union Army disgui...
  • Kailey
    This book was excellent! Tara Johnson did such a great job writing a vivid and beautiful story! She captured the darkness of the Civil War, but did it with grace. I absolutely loved Cassie and Gabe! I also loved Jonah too! These characters have stuck with me since I finished reading. I really enjoyed the message of forgiveness throughout the whole book. It spoke to my heart. I highly recommend this book! I was given a complimentary copy of this e...
  • Nicole
    Readers who enjoy historical fiction filled with inspiration, faith, and rich details will enjoy Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson. The author takes readers right to the battles of the Civil War as she tells the story of Cassie Kendrick, who enlists as male soldier Thomas Turner in the Union army to escape an abusive father. Gabe Avery, who is serving as photographer in the war, becomes a friend of Thomas and the other soldiers. Fans of Civi...
  • Heidi Chiavaroli
    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Tara Johnson takes readers on an adventure, combining authentic Civil War scenes with turn-the-page romance. I found it particularly interesting that Cassie's story was based on a true-to-life woman who disguised herself as a soldier during the Civil War. A journey of self-discovery and a satisfying ending made this a completely engaging read.
  • Beth
    To say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement because I loved it. Ms. Johnson has such a God given talent with words and depicting the terrible years of The American Civil War it’s hard to believe that this is only her second book. Now I must be honest with you because at first I really didn’t like Cassie, but only lasted until I was half way through and found out that she and I were a lot alike though Cassie was far braver then ...
  • Paty
    Where Dandelions Bloom! O.M.G. What a beautiful, heartwrenching and inspiring story!This has become my favorite book about the Civil War. I love to read stories set during the war: WWI, WWII, Civil War of the States, etc. And I can say that this is one of the best I’ve read.I loved that it’s based on a true story and a real character, which I later discovered was Emma x. I still can’t believe how a woman could serve and survive the hardship...
  • Mary
    "When dandelions bloom in mortar, hope remains"Tara Johnson has done it again! "Where Dandelions Bloom" is such a beautiful story of faith and redemption filled with history. This story was especially touching to me as I grew up with an abusive father, so I can definitely relate to the main character, Cassie.Cassie Kendrick has grown up with an abusive father her whole life. You will cry as you see what she went through. When her father arranges ...
  • Michelle
    Where Dandelions Bloom is a Christian historical fiction novel by author Tara Johnson. The setting is Virginia (1861).Cassie Kendrick and Gabriel Avery both have a secret past. Now, Gabriel is a war photographer and Cassie is taking part in the war as a man. It is estimated that over 400 women took part in the war dressed as men.I learned about daguerreotype images, and the Anthony camera was the top of the line in cameras. I also learned the med...
  • Winnie
    With careful attention to detail and obvious extensive research, Tara Johnson brings the Civil War period to life in her book, Where Dandelions Bloom. The characters are meticulously crafted and layered, and so realistic I could easily see the scenes play out in my mind. I felt Cassie’s anxiety and horror when she realized she would have to leave to avoid being married off to a loathsome man. Her scheme to disguise herself as a man and join the...
  • Melissa
    What an incredible story! This historical romance delivers such a beautiful and engaging story-line. What could possibly make a woman of the 1860's desire to don men's breeches, cut their hair, and enter the world of brutal war? For Cassie Kendrick that would be escaping her father's ire and an arranged marriage to a despicable man. She needs a way out and decides the front lines is one place her father will never look. While in training, Cassie ...
  • Candace West
    This book is a stunning mixture of darkness and light, sorrow and hope, hate and love! Tara's powerful story gripped me from the beginning, carrying me to the front lines of the Civil War seen through Cassie Kendrick's eyes. Cassie's story fascinated me. Desperate to escape an arranged marriage by her cruel father, Cassie disguises herself as a soldier and enlists to fight. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with the war photographer Gabr...
  • Jennifer K
    Tara Johnson has written an incredibly well crafted Civil War story with characters that took up residence in my heart. As they faced struggles, many from within their own hearts, the author communicates lessons regarding faith and the need for forgiveness. While fighting for the physical freedom of others, the strong heroine discovers that she is the one in need of true freedom. The romance that develops between her and a man with many struggles...
  • Stacey
    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...
  • Katie Edgar
    Where Dandelions Bloom is one of the most meaningful books I have ever read. It was so interesting and while it may seem far fetched to have women posing as men, it was very much a reality in our history. The journeys that the main characters took were heart wrenching and beautiful at the same time. The history it incorporated with the Civil War is incredible and fascinating. The characters personalities came through in the book so well, that the...