July 08, 2018

#BookReview & #Giveaway: What Blooms from Dust by @JamesMarkert @ThomasNelson

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Recommended Age: Adult 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
About the Book:

Just as Jeremiah Goodbye is set to meet his fate in the electric chair, a tornado tears down the prison walls, and he is given a second chance at life. With the flip of a coin, he decides to return to his home town of Nowhere, Oklahoma, to settle the score with his twin brother Josiah. But upon his escape, he enters a world he doesn’t recognize—one that has been overtaken by the Dust Bowl. And the gift he once relied on to guide him is as unrecognizable as the path back to Nowhere.

After one jolt in Old Sparky, Jeremiah sees things more clearly and begins to question the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murders he was accused of. On his journey home, he accidentally rescues a young boy who follows him the rest of the way, and the pair arrive at their destination where they are greeted by fearful townspeople. When the Black Sunday storm hits the very next day, the residents of Nowhere finally begin to let the past few years of hardship bury them under the weight of all that dust.

Unlikely heroes, Jeremiah and his new companion, Peter Cotton, try to protect the townspeople from themselves, but Jeremiah must face his nightmares and free himself from the guilt of flipping the coin on those men who died.

Filled with mystery and magic, What Blooms from Dust is the story of finding hope in the midst of darkness and discovering the beauty of unexpected kindness.

About the Author: 
James Markert lives with his wife and two children in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a history degree from the University of Louisville and won an IPPY Award for The Requiem Rose, which was later published as A White Wind Blew, a story of redemption in a 1929 tuberculosis sanatorium, where a faith-tested doctor uses music therapy to heal the patients. James is also a USPTA tennis pro and has coached dozens of kids who’ve gone on to play college tennis in top conferences like the Big 10, the Big East, and the ACC. Learn more at JamesMarkert.com; Facebook: James Markert; Twitter: @JamesMarkert.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: I wasn't to sure about this one when I started and found that it was pretty acceptable but in the end just wasn't for me. 

Do I Recommend this book? If you love historical fiction with a little mystery check this one out. 

Notes and Opinions: I didn't really know much about this one going in other than the little part of what the back says.  Which left me a little confused.  This one started out with a bunch of people getting scammed in the turn of the century when everyone went west to find land. Just thinking about what these people went through was horrible. I could not imagine going to a place thinking you would be seeing paved roads just to find out that there was nothing there.  

This book skips from the early 1900s to the 1930s which worked well. I really enjoyed reading about Jeremiah and his escape from prison in 1935.  The author did a great job with creating this story with its characters but in the end, it just wasn't for me.  So for me, it was an acceptable read but nothing to write home about. 

I do hope that whoever wins this copy loves it more than I did.

Go Into This One Knowing: Mystery, Historical 

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