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Dandelion Meadows is cursed. Horrible name. Horrible luck.

At 18, she should be headed off to college, all smiles and naivety. Instead, a victim of a school shooting, she’s starting her senior year in a new city and living with her brother. Nightmares of that terrible day haunt her, affecting her daily life and the relationships around her. 

Forced to meet with the school counselor, Dani finds him chipping away at the walls she’s built around herself, and even her heart. Lachlan Taylor doesn’t know what to make at first of the broken student he’s tasked with helping. She’s survived a trauma he’s not sure he can save her from, but he knows he has to try. 

The more time they spend together, the more they learn about what it really means to live.

Some things are forbidden. Some things are necessary for survival. Their love is both.

©2020 Micalea Smeltzer (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Just a really good book💕

Sweet Dandelion is so well-written. I am an educator and the main subject of this book has always been one of my greatest fears. The author does an amazing job enlightening the reader on what seems to be the survivor's guilts and struggles. The love affair that is embedded in the storyline is taboo but beautiful. Perfectly imperfect, tragic, and one you pray has a HEA. All of the characters are important to the growth of Dandelion. Her brother had my heart! He was dedicated to Dandelion. I was addicted to the story and lost some sleep trying to finish it. Can I just say that I love Ava Erickson!!!?? She is one of my favorite female narrators. She is so feminine and sultry without being too breathy and exaggerated. She does a pretty good male voice, too. This book is worth a credit easily, but I bought it. The impact of the storyline just stuck with me. Excellent read.

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Age Gap and Taboo Romance

Really enjoyed this book, worth the credit!

Older male/younger female, teacher/student relationship.

The narrator is better than average.

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Amazing

I almost wanted to relisten as soon as I finished. This one will stay with me!

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Ava makes the story!

*spoiler at the end* I like the plot and concept of this book. However, it seemed to drag on. A lot of it was fluff that became boring, and I found myself wanting to fast forward. I am glad I listened to the audiobook read by Ava Erickson because she really sells the performance. I’m hoping there is a book for Sage or for Ansel. I found myself wishing she’d fallen for Ansel instead. He was too good for her I guess! Sage’s pairing did make me giggle though.

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A touching age gap love story


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I really enjoyed this one a lot. It was angsty but there was trauma for the heroine to heal from. I also loved her name Dandelion. It was like a flower that was wilting but was slowly cared back to life and it blossomed.
While power differential relationships give me pause, Lachlan didn’t give me the creeps at all. He seemed like a really good guy even though a counselor and I really appreciated his struggle with his feelings. This was a great book to end the year with.

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I loved this beautiful story

This was my first book by Micalea Smeltzer and it was so good. yes it's taboo with the teacher/student relationship but it was a beautiful story with all the feels❤ And as always Ava Erickson did a wonderful job!

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Sweet Dandelion

I am not a stranger to age gap books I usually quiet enjoy them.
This story is interesting Dandelion is surviving it isn’t always pretty because when the unimaginable happens to you, you can’t just bounce back into life.
Senseless killings it’s hard to wrap your brain around that but it is even harder to life with it.
It is just Danny and her brother now who is terrified he is going to lose her.
She gets to know a few kids at her new school and the guidance counsellor who can’t get it but tries.
They get much too close for a “student, teacher” relationship.
Again I don’t mind all that, but I guess I just felt like Danny was still too childlike that I don’t like. Yes she is young 18 almost 19 but her experiences of life make her older now if the author had captured that better. I think I would have enjoyed this book more.
I quiet enjoyed the narrator I think Ava did a great job.

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Worth the credit! A MUST HAVE IN YOUR LIBRARY!

All I hope for is the male MC get a book.... I will I would of got his POV!! GREAT BOOK! A love story for Sage and Ansel would be AMAZING!

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Ava MADE this book!

Ava. Erickson. My hat’s off to you, you fabulous powerhouse. This story was captivating, heart wrenching, hopeful, tender, and funny. I adored it. Lachlan is the latest love of my life. I loved his and Dandelion’s journey through their relationship & how he always supported her and allowed her to grow on her own. This is one of those books that will stay with me long after the first page. I would loooove to see a book for Ansel and one for Sage (but NOT with Sasha because I just hated her.)

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So wrong, but so right!

I loved this story, and look forward to discovering more great books from the author!

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  • 02-21-21

Didn’t sit well

I didn’t finish the book as it didn’t sit well with me . May change later in the book , but i didn’t like that the love interest was taking advantage of a vulnerable girl and making her feel bad about it .