Book Review: The Dandelion Years by Erica James.

Release Date: 18th June 2015.
Publisher: Orion 
Twitter: @theericajames

This is a prime example of why I love books so much!!! Oh to be able to fully explain the feelings I had whilst reading this book would be a dream, alas I shall try my best!
I have read a few of Erica James' novels since my mum recommended The Hidden Cottage  probably two years ago now. I'm pretty sure this won't be the last of hers I will pick up. Her details and story telling are just wonderful! While reading this book I looked forward to getting home from work each day, rushing to finish all of the nights tasks and diving straight into bed to read before nodding off, it kept be going when the kids were wearing me out. I simply did not want to be doing anything else other than reading this book. Unfortunately that lead to me having to deal with every bookworms problem... finishing it way too early and then missing the characters each night...did I mention I read it in a week?

Let's talk more about the story. Saskia is a book restorer who lives in a beautiful house on the edge of Suffolk with her father and grandfathers. Their living situation and day to day lives all came about after a family tragedy, when Saskia was just ten years old. One day Saskia finds a notebook expertly hidden in a bible that has come into her workshop. Unable to resist taking a look, Saskia soon finds herself lost in a tale of wartime love. Will she be able to find out who the author of this romantic tale is? Will she discover the owner of the bible? If Saskia has anything to do with it, the answer to both of those questions is yes!

I really want to sit and list everything I loved about this book but the biggest thing that stands out about it, that I can't stress enough, is the story itself. The imagination and creativity that went into it is just brilliant. I haven't read anything like it before. Again I had to do the bookworm trait of finishing a chapter or sentence then sitting and staring at the wall for a few seconds to just let it all sink in!

I loved the tale of the wartime story, the way in which Erica James describes everything makes you feel like you were there, you see and feel everything. I love how Saskia is with her family, they are truly the most important thing in her life and her interactions with them just make you happy.  I love how Saskia's relationship with Matthew seems very old fashioned to me and grown up, they are both so sweet and lovely. It is truly a wonderful read that I am quite sad is over for me, even though I enjoyed every bit of it and couldn't put it down. 

I highly recommend it to you all and hope you enjoy it too! Now i am off to see what other Erica James novels I can find and to also tell my husband, much to his delight, just how much I really really enjoyed this more time. Fifth times a charm! ;p 

You can find 'The Dandelion Years' here.

Happy Reading!

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