Thursday, November 5, 2015

"dandelions on the road" by brooke williams

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By Brooke Williams
Release Date: November 5, 2015

Last spring, I read Brooke Williams' Accept This Dandelion, inspired by the Bachelor franchise. I got such a kick out of it (see my review) that when I heard there was a sequel, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

Twelve men…one woman…plenty of dandelions. 

Eva Merida has her life in order. She loves her job at the Furry Friends Rescue League and has a loving, supportive family. But she’s still missing that one special person to stand by her side. When she comes in third place on the local TV version of “The Bachelor,” entitled Accept this Dandelion, she nearly loses all hope for romance. Fortunately, the TV station decides to do a second season of the dating show…and they name Eva as the Bachelorette! With a plethora of dating mishaps recorded for TV, Eva finds herself falling for several men at once…including the show’s host. Will she find love at last or simply embarrass herself in front of the entire city?

Dandelions on the Road is, in essence, The Bachelorette—just on a smaller scale. Eva Merida, a contestant on Accept this Dandelion, is the bachelorette handing out the weeds, and the host is Brian Schaffer (from Williams' Wrong Place, Right Time). Williams takes on the question I've often wondered about when watching The Bachelorette: What if the host falls in love with the woman he's supposed to be helping find a husband? The result is an enjoyable journey to love ... with a few bumps along the way!

I really enjoyed the "on the road" nature of this book, especially when the contestants traveled to places I know! (One of the dates takes place at Mahoney State Park, which I've visited many times. Another date is at Adventureland in Iowa; while I've never been there, I've driven past it on numerous occasions.)

The dates Eva goes on are fun and humorous, and I enjoyed her interactions with her suitors. I do wish that some of the men had been fleshed out a bit more, and I expected the obligatory man there for the "wrong reasons" to have more of a story than he did. I also didn't quite buy Eva and Brian's romance. Their attraction was readily apparent, but when Eva finally made her decision, it seemed to come out of left field. (That said, I did appreciate Brian's grand romantic gesture!)

While Dandelions on the Road isn't my favorite of Williams' novels, it is enjoyable, and I hope to continue with this series. 3-1/2 stars.

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Read my reviews of Williams' Accept this Dandelion (4 stars), Wrong Place, Right Time (3-1/2 stars), and Mamarazzi (4 stars).

 photo af04ff45-571c-4445-a2cf-10a420f1580d_zps5c6e8e10.jpgBrooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Dandelions on the Road.”  Brooke is also the author of " Mamarazzi," "Accept this Dandelion," “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,” and “Beyond the Bars.” She even has children's books on the market, such as "Shower in the Rain" and looks forward to releasing “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in June 2016 with Wee Creek Press. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (6) and Sadie (2).

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Note from the Author on the book's inspiration:

I wrote "Accept this Dandelion" in a silly, sleep-deprived mood and thought that was it. But the characters in the book kept coming back to me, begging me to continue the story. Eventually, I listened, turned the tables, put a woman in charge, and created "Dandelions on the Road." I got so much joy from writing it, I'm glad I did! Now I just hope those reading it get even half the pleasure I got from writing it.

She has two more completed novels entitled:
After the Final Dandelion
The Leftover
Watch her website for details on upcoming releases....

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Dandelions on the Road looks real good.

  2. It is good! I'd definitely recommend reading "Accept This Dandelion" first, though. (You don't HAVE to--the books stand alone--but you'll get more out of "Dandelions on the Road" if you do.) Thanks for commenting!


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