Blog Tour: Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts [Featuring one of my flawless reviews+interview+giveaway!!!!)

by - June 28, 2017

Different Faith from me, BTW.

Guys, I'm SO EXCITED to share this story with you! It's a Christian romance novel, and it's the sweetest one of those I've [ever?] read! It's sweet and fluffy (especially the title ;))

Book Synopsis

Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.

My Review

WOW. I'll just say that now. This was a really well-written, good book! I have been friends with Faith on Goodreads for a little while now (two Faiths, it's a little confusing lol....) and she always has the sweetest things to say. It makes sense, therefore, that her book would be kind of adorable.

I Likey

-The whole romance aspect was pretty darn cute. Charity and Ryder were very, very well-fleshed-out characters (especially Charity, but I'll get to that in a minute...) and they really seemed like they went well together :)
-The Christian characters/prayer sections/etc. were just beautiful. I've always loved books where there are Christian characters who PRAY and LIVE THEIR FAITH and READ THE PSALMS IN TIMES OF TROUBLE and that was so prominent in this story. It made me so happy to read about them sitting in the hospital (I mean, not happy about them being there) and reading the Bible and praying the whole time for comfort and reveling in God's presence. It felt SO REAL. 
-There are three siblings in the Traven family, Ryder, Hannah, and Drew, and they are so well-done. I mean, there wasn't much conversation with Ryder in the hospital, but Hannah and Drew managed to get across, even in the kind of situation that draws a family closer than they've ever been before, both the get-out-of-my-room-before-I-smack-you-with-a-pillow dynamic and the you-are-my-best-friend-in-the-world-even-though-you-drive-me-crazy dynamic. 
-A beautiful and marvelous girl-girl friendship between Charity and Hannah. 
-The suspense! I mean, this book was mostly a medical drama. It's no spoiler to tell you that at the beginning Ryder gets in a terrible accident (I mean, it's on the back cover copy...) and he goes to the hospital, where the doctors are all unsure of his life. It rocks back and forth between "Will Ryder make it?" and "Ryder's going to die." I was convinced that it could go either way, with my opinion changing on it pretty much page by page. That's a pretty impressive feat.
-It didn't gloss over the fact that the Christian life is hard. That made me really happy. 

I Not-So-Likey

-Not much. 
-I wasn't initially sure if Ryder was supposed to be a bad boy? The way it was set up implied that Charity was going to discover he was actually cheating on her or something, or that he was just not such a lovely person. But it wasn't. I'll just get that out of the way now XD
-Christian contemporaries (particularly romance style ones) are not my preferred genre. But this one blew it out of the water! The beauty of the Christian part (God was present in almost every page, and I felt the relationships the characters had with him) and the sweetness of the romance had me convinced. 

About the Author

Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.

Writing blog: Stories by Firefly
Faith blog: Chosen Vessels
Social media: Goodreads // Pinterest // Instagram

And an interview!!!!!!

Me: What got you started writing?

FP: In the fall of 2014, I found out that a blog that I had recently started following would be holding a writing contest. I had never written anything before, besides stuff required for school, but I decide to give it a try. Long story short, I didn't place in the contest, but I started writing then, and I've yet to stop. 

Me: What are your top five favorite books?
FP: I'm not sure that these are my five favorite books, but they're five *of* my favorite books. 
"A Question of Courage" by Jesseca Wheaton (releasing this fall!) 
"A Distant Melody" by Sarah Sundin 
"Defy" by Tricia Mingerink 
"Interrupted" by Rachel Coker
"Courageous Love" by Susan K. Marlow  

Me: What would your perfect day look like?
FP: Sleep in, eat breakfast, and spend awhile reading my Bible and praying. Then check emails and read some blog posts, maybe write for awhile before lunch. After that, spend the afternoon in a hammock with a good book and/or taking a long stroll with camera in hand. Eat supper with my family, watch a good movie, chat with friends, and go to bed late. Nothing drastic. ;) 

Me: Where do you see yourself going next with your writing career?
FP: Quite honestly, I'm unsure. I know I want to publish other books, some of my current works. I don't want writing to be something I do for awhile and give up, but I also don't really see this becoming something I'll ever do full-time. Right now I'm just trying to be open to whatever plans God has for me. :) 

Thank you for joining us today, Faith!


A giveaway!

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I hope you enjoyed this post, and you should definitely check out both Dandelion Dust and Faith's blog!

Have you read this one yet? Are you going to now?  What's your opinion on Christian contemporaries?

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  1. I enjoyed reading your review. I so enjoyed "Dandelion Dust"! The author interview was fun too! :)

  2. What a sweet review! Thanks for participating in the tour, Faith. ^_^

    1. So you'll be nice and give me a sweet review when I self-pub my book, right? ;) ;) JK. Glad to help out!

  3. I'm excited to read this! I've been curious about it ever since Faith (author Faith) announced it on her blog.

  4. This sounds great. Not my preferred genre, but I always feel happy when friends of bloggers I follow get their dreams to come true. It also brings hope that more clean books are going out into the world. Congratulations!

    Not sure why, but when I tried clicking this post yesterday, it wouldn't open. It was in my reading list, but when I would click, it said it wasn't there.

    God bless y'all.

    1. That's because I accidentally published it a day early and then reverted it to a draft, so it didn't show up. That happens sometimes. It's pretty annoying, but... yeah.

      Yeah! I really liked this one! Like I said, it's not my preferred genre either, hence the four-star review, but... this one was really well-done.

    2. Maybe I'll look into it then.
      Gotta love technical difficulties, right? Blogger was acting weird for me yesterday when I was trying to edit a post one more time before it goes out next week.

      Your reviews are always so well worded. This was really awesome.

  5. I don't always read contemporary romances, even christian ones- but this book definitely looks worth checking out. Is this an international giveaway?

    1. Sorry, but no. I can only ship to US addresses. =/

    2. Ah well. I'll still at this to the TBR pile!

  6. So awesome!-Glad to know another girl is getting out there and making a change! *gives both Faith's high five*


Hello, friends! Do make yourselves comfortable and stay for a while--I'd love to chat with you! I simply ask that you keep it clean. :)