Growing Only Dandelions

by Joan Hughes

#ChristianFantasy #Inspirational #ReligiousFantasy

Self Published

Cover Art: Joan Hughes

Reviewer: Carmen Alicea

Rating: 5 Stars

Purchase Link: mybook.to/GrowingOnlyDandelion


Growing Only Dandelions” is an inspirational story of a woman who has a near-death experience that propels her on a spiritual and emotional journey. This unconventional supernatural manuscript dares the reader to consider the possibility of a present and loving God through a narrative that triggers one’s imagination to question every action and inaction.

Bethany, a wife and mother, is enjoying a beautiful day at the beach with her family. She falls asleep while her husband and son swim in the ocean. Awakened by the winds of an approaching storm, Bethany is alarmed by how dangerous the water has turned. She frantically searches for her family before rushing to the water and jumping into it. Bethany struggles against the treacherous waters and slams her head against a reef on the ocean’s floor. Falling unconscious, Bethany says “I never saw a more brilliant light.”

Bethany opens her eyes in heaven and her spiritual and emotional journey begins. She is escorted through a long corridor by a man insisting that she must see “Him” right away. They swiftly walk alongside an endless stream of people shuffling forward slowly in a single file line. Some of them are curious and reach out their arms to touch the woman being chaperoned to the front of the line. Upon contact, their “ugliness” (i.e., personal, shameful life event) is revealed to Bethany. A person calls out to her by name. Bethany recognizes that it is the voice of her estranged father. Her hatred towards him is palpable. He steps off the line and touches her wrist transporting her mind back in time to when her “ugliness” started as a young child from his abuse.

Throughout the novel, Bethany is transported back in time to those milestone moments in her life that shaped her own “ugliness”. Growing Only Dandelions highlights the presence of God through strategically placed relationships, purposely left “signs” and guardian angels, all of which are gifted to us through his grace.


I can’t thank my friend enough for recommending this book to me.

This story has all the feels. You will have an eye-opening experience with this book. It will give you strength and it will boost your faith. The way the author connects the characters is amazing, the details and interaction between the characters is one of the things that had me hooked.

I absolutely recommended this story.


Joan P. Hugues is a first-time author making her publishing debut with Growing Only Dandelions. Joannie lives in the United States on Long Island within the state of New York. She is married to Jay, her High School sweetheart, for over 25 years and shares three children together, Jason, Jake Ryan, and Juliet. Joannie’s children motivate her to achieve her dream of becoming a best-selling author. She longs to show them that dreams can come true. Not by talent alone, but through perseverance.

Joannie works as a Paralegal at a law firm and is the founder and President of JT’s Law Foundation Corp., a not-for-profit charitable organization that advocates against child food choking through education. Additional information about JT’s Law is available at http://www.facebook.com/JTsLaw

For pleasure, Joannie immensely enjoys drawing. The book cover and author photo used for Growing Only Dandelions are pencil artworks created by Joannie based on images of her daughter Juliet. Visit http://www.facebook.com/SignaturePeace to view a catalog of Joannie’s artwork.

You can find Joannie at any of the links below!

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/GrowingOnlyDandelions3
TWITTER: @GrowingOnly
INSTAGRAM: @growingonlydandelions


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