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Publisher's Summary

"A story beautifully told, with richly drawn characters that will...make you want to laugh and cry" from the number one New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Lost Friends and Before We Were Yours.

All her life, Epiphany Salerno has been tossed like a dandelion seed on the wind. Now, at 16, she must move to the low-rent side of Blue Sky Hill and work where she's not wanted: in an upscale home on The Hill.

J. Norman Alvord's daughter has hired a teenager to stay with him in the afternoons. Widowed and suffering from heart trouble, Norman wants to be left alone. But in Epie's presence, Norman discovers a mystery. Deep in his mind lie memories of another house, another life, and a woman who saved him.

As summer comes to Blue Sky Hill, two residents from different worlds will journey through a turbulent past, and find that with an unexpected road trip through sleepy Southern towns comes life-changing friendship...and clues to a family secret hidden for a lifetime.

Winner of the 2012 Carol Award for Women's Fiction from the American Christian Fiction Writers

©2011 Lisa Wingate (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A rare gem of a book.... It's a story beautifully told, with richly drawn characters that will squeeze your heart and make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Like dandelion seeds, J. Norm and Epie will take root in your heart and stay with you long after you've closed the last page." (New York Times best-selling author Karen White)

"A gripping and beautifully told story that crosses generations and reminds us it is love that changes our world. With both startling insight and humor, Lisa Wingate tells a story that takes the reader to the moon and back to the human heart. Dandelion Summer has a compassionate and lyrical heartbeat you won't want to miss." (New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry)

"An old man's haunting memories and a young girl's dreams merge in Lisa Wingate's absolutely unforgettable story of hope and reconciliation." (New York Times best-selling author Sherryl Woods)

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Story great - narrator not so much

Before We Were Yours was my first Lisa Wingate novel and totally out of my usual genre. One of the best books I have "read". Dandelion Summer story is also very good. It took awhile to get used to the narrators. Thee were two - one for the male lead and one for the female. The male was a little flat and the female was overly accented. I have come to include Lisa Wingate in my favorite author list. Don't be turned off in the first pages by the narrators. It is worth the read.

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Incredibly Emotional

For anyone with elderly parents. The first chapter helped me understand what my parents went through before they died. And the rest of the book gave me hope at a time when I question my own purpose in life.

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One of the best books ever.

I loved everything about this book. The story was captivating. The narration was very well done. I couldn’t stop listening.

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A good read, but fell flat!

I was hoping we would get insight into the other characters from the series. Disappointing.

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Excellent!

I can’t give this book enough stars!! Once again Lisa Wingate done an amazing job!

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Lisa's Best

Everything about this book is done so well. The narrators were perfect for their roles, the characters come alive and could easily be imagined. Epiphany's strength, feisty determined attitude, added another enjoyable layer to the story. I was very moved by J. Norman's insights and resilience. Being a Texan. I felt this book to be very true to Dallas and the state. This is one of Lisa Wingate's best.

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Great storyline!

The best in the Blue Sky series. I enjoyed listening to every word. Thank you ❤️

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Captivating

Not Only captivating but sincerely beautiful. Unlikely friendship and trials of the unlikely. It was a superb ending. I truly enjoyed the book!

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so worth it

Narrators were the best. Great story, perfectly told. I will try another by this same author.

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Wonderful

What a wonderful story of an amazing young girl who had no idea she was amazing at all.
It is amazing to hear the story of parents belittling and tearing down children’s self-esteem only to be overcome by a caring outsider. The story of black and white in the south during those years was so sad