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Like Dandelion Dust – An Adoption Book Review


From the Cover of Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury:

“A peaceful town…An idyllic family…A phone call that threatens them all.

When Joey Campbell’s biological father is released from prison, four-year-old Joey faces a life no one could’ve planned. His father wants custody, and a judge’s quick decision deals a devastating blow to the Campbell family: Joey must be returned to his biological parents. In a haze of grief and disbelief, the Campbells watch their adopted son pick a dandelion and blow the feathery seeds into the wind.

And in the days following the ruling, Jack Campbell conceives a desperate and dangerous thought. What if they can devise a way out? What if they take Joey and just disappear…LIKE DANDELION DUST?”



Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 3 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

Karen Kingsbury is a well-loved inspirational fiction writer who is herself an adoptive (international) parent. I began reading her books several years ago, and Like Dandelion Dust was one of the first books I read. (I was always drawn to anything dealing with adoption.) I loved it the first time I read it. This time I felt a little more conflicted as I felt it can perpetuate the fear—of biological families coming back years later and judges undoing adoptions—that can prevent people from adopting. However, as I read further, the book does address this as a lawyer states that most agencies now require notarized signatures from birth parents, so that no one can come back later and claim the signature was forged thereby nullifying the legality of an adoption.

Aside from that, this book is a great work of Christian fiction looking at the life of this adoptive (private domestic) family. As always, Karen Kingsbury draws readers in, making it difficult to put her books down until one has finished the book. Like Dandelions Dust Christian readers will likely find themselves encouraged in their faith and in prayer. Questions to be used in book groups complete the book and help bring practical life application to the reading.

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