What Blooms from Dust by James Markert | A Book Review

Synopsis of What Blooms from Dust:

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.



  • This book was Published by Thomas Nelson
  • It will be available to purchase June 28th, 2018
  • It’s 337 pages
  • I got it free from Harper Collins BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for a review. (thanks!) My thoughts are my own, as always.
  • I give this story four stars.

Here are a couple places you can buy it or learn more:

Goodreads  |  What Blooms from Dust: A Novel  |  Thomas Nelson

Time to be 100% transparent. I requested this book because of that cover. I like history, and I knew only a little about the Dust Bowl, so I thought, “hey, why not”. The story is gritty, and I felt as if the weight of the dust and the despair of the citizens of Nowhere, OK, weighed on my own shoulders. The story was deep, and it hurt, and it felt real. Serious kudos to James Markert for bringing me into the 1920s.

This story might change you. It’s exactly what I do on my bookstagram (minus, you know, the depressing, heavy events). Trudge through that dust with the characters (who you will love and despair over) through to the end. I promise it’s worth it. It’ll shed a little hope on whatever struggles you have in this moment.

Hope is worth it. And the conclusion of this painful, deep, riveting, altering story… is hope.

What Blooms From Dust? Hope.