From the second I started reading this book I had a southern twang voice in my head narrating as I read. I loved that this book sucked me in to the Dust Bowl era and Midwestern vibe. Slow moving but filled with hope and forgiveness I gave this book 3.5 stars.
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.
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book at first as, like I said, it was a bit slow moving. But I really ended up liking the characters. Jeremiah and Peter were my favorites and I enjoyed Ellen and Wilmington as well. Jeremiah was fresh out of jail on his way home to family that blamed him for events that happened years ago and Peter was a young boy being sold by his family so they could get some extra money. Their paths crossed and they ended up needing each other and I really like those kind of relationships. I also liked the back story to this small town and the way hope and family brought everyone through the tough times and the dusters.
The writing was well done too. I thought the tone was well captured and it set my mood while reading perfectly. However, I did think some things were a little too cheesy by the end. I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t go into it, I’ll just say I don’t always love too much cheese but I am glad it was a happy ending.
I think this is well worth a read especially if you love wild west type books with family, love, hope, and forgiveness thrown in!