"Dandelion Summer" - A Father's Letter to His Daughter

glowing dandelion seed overlooking field A father's letter on what a father can do to make a difference in the life of his daughter--excerpted from the inspiring novel, DANDELION SUMMER by Lisa Wingate. Share this video and the book with the dads, daughters, and readers in your life!

"Dear Deborah,

Words don't come easily for so many men. A father can work his way through his days and never see his years going by.

If I could go back in time, I would say some things to that young father as he holds his daughter for the very first time. These are the things I would say When you hear the first whimper in the night.

Go to the Nursery and leave your wife sleeping. Rock in a chair, walk the floor, sing a lullaby so that she will know a man can be gentle...

"Dandelion Summer"

Excerpts from Chapter 1

J. Norman Alvord

A single drop of water changes the ocean. A noted colleague of mine once asserted this as we dawdled over lunch at a restaurant near Cape Canaveral. "How can it not?" he demanded. "Some amount of matter is displaced. There's transference of energy. Nothing is as it was before." We were young then, certain of our own importance. Convinced that our presence in the world, that our work, was destined to change it. "I discussed it with Einstein, you know," he said, and went on to share a story of having accompanied the physicist on a fishing trip, of all things. They'd considered the drop-of-water theory while Einstein reclined on the deck of a sailboat, trails of pipe smoke drifting lazily into the air. Less than a year after their conversation, Einstein's sudden demise sent a ripple around the world.


“A story beautifully told, with richly drawn characters that will...make you want to laugh and cry”* from the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 sixteen, 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