Blowing on Dandelions, Love Blossoms in Oregon Series #1
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Ferrell speaks to women's heartfelt struggles-from family dysfunction to single parenthood--while offering them the faith-filled hope they need, all wrapped in an uplifting, true-to-life romance.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Love Blossoms in Oregon
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KatyTennesseeGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Engaging historical fictionJune 14, 2015KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Blowing on Dandelions offers the reader an opportunity to delve into the complex relationship of a mother and her adult daughter. It is quite interesting to see both sides of the cointo look into the mind of each woman and see where her motives lie. I find Katherine, the main character, to be an exceptional person of strength, faith and duty. She is such an amazing person, and has more forbearance and patience than most, but yet, she is real and easy to relate to. I was able to connect with her in so many different ways.
Blowing on Dandelions is long enough and the author skilled enough to build a romantic thread from nothing to a strong relationship between two people who previously hadnt seen their need for a new love. The obstacles were many, but their love grew and circumvented each one.
This novel has quite the cast of interesting characters. They keep the story hopping from one incident to the next. This is a rich and many layered story. If you like historical fiction, I recommend Blowing on Dandelions. I dont think you will be disappointed.
Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5HealingApril 14, 2015Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Healing of grief, feeling of being unloved and more. Katherine never feels her Mother loves her like she did her sister. Katherine has lost both her sister and her husband. Micah grieves loss of his wife. Then he loses his home and business. God has a way to bring healing to all.
Karen CollierKarenCollier.comAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A treat for fans of historical romanceJuly 21, 2014Karen CollierKarenCollier.comAge: 25-34Gender: femaleA treat for fans of historical romance and of Christian women's fiction, Blowing on Dandelions makes a great start for Miralee Ferrell's Love Blossoms in Oregon series.
I'm getting a late start on reading the Love Blossoms in Oregon series, having only just now finished reading the first book, a year after its publication. But with Book 2 (Wishing on Buttercups) released this past February, a complementary novella (Forget Me Not) released in March, and Book 3 (Dreaming on Daisies) coming in October, this seemed as good a time as any to start reading the series. I'm glad that I did because Blowing on Dandelions made for a very enjoyable read, and I look forward to the chance to learn more about some familiar characters in other books in this series.
The author does a great job balancing the need to stay true to the time period (1880s Oregon) with telling a tale that appeals to present day readers. We get interesting historical details in a way that doesn't take us out of the story. In fact, the story feels almost timeless, perhaps because of its focus on relationships and the emotions, both good and bad, accompanying them.
Besides fulfilling the expectations of a good romance (lots of obstacles, both internal and external, on the way to a satisfying happily ever after ending) this book also delves deeply into relationships beyond that between the hero and heroine. And it does so from LOTS of different viewpoints, for a multi-faceted look at those relationships. Viewpoint characters include not just Katherine Galloway (heroine) and Micah Jacobs (hero), but also the heroine's mother, daughter, and some of the boarding house guests. While using more than a few viewpoints can risk putting distance between a reader and a story, I think in this case it adds depth to the story, sheds light on some significant misunderstandings between characters, and allows some of the less sympathetic characters to be viewed with more understanding.
Relationships dealt with in this book include those between a mother and daughter (Katherine and her domineering mother, as well as Katherine and her young daughters), between friends (relationships within Katherine's quilting group, as well as between her mother and another strong-willed woman determined to befriend her), and _ oh yeah _ between a man and a woman who are each dealing with the deaths of their respective spouses and falling in love again.
It's a complex tapestry of relationships, this author weaves, and she does a beautiful job of it. With her experience as an accredited counselor and minister to women it's no wonder she's able to show both helpful and challenging relationships in such a believable and realistic light. As I read and got to know the characters and their relationships better, I was drawn more and more into the story, and was pleased by the changes that took place as time went on.
Recommended reading for fans of historical romance and women's fiction, but particularly for anyone who might be dealing with difficult family relationships, because this book takes a very hopeful look at just that kind of relationship.
Thank you to the publisher, David C Cook, for providing me with an electronic copy through NetGalley for review purposes. Opinions expressed are my own.
Readers can learn more about author Miralee Ferrell on her Web site, and can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
SherylAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Looking a little deeper....May 1, 2014SherylAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really appreciate the "realness" of the characters created by Miralee Ferrell as they work their way through every day life facing heartache and loss, hope and despair, frustration and anger, forgiveness and healing; circumstances that bring moments of joy and celebration; events that challenge and may even cause them to doubt their faith and doubt God.
I so enjoyed reading this book and grew to love and appreciate each character, even the hateful, stubborn, and gregarious ones! I readily identified with Katherine as she struggles with confidence, whether or not she is making the right choices, her ability to exemplify honor and respect when dealing with her mother's critical attitude, and her desire to make sure her own children know they are loved.
Though "Blowing on Dandelions" is a work of fiction, the author has a unique style and ability to weave honest unspoken thoughts, emotions, concerns, and second-guessing of one's self and choices amid the dialogue and gritty details of life as it is experienced by Katherine, Micah, Frances, Seth, and the other characters. In doing so, she gives readers a much deeper look into the real and vulnerable people behind the self-made facades. With this revealing also comes the truth that, we too, may have or may have had similar fears, doubts, concerns or worries, but are or were too fearful or ashamed to admit them to anyone.
Or perhaps there was no one person trustworthy enough to turn to. As Frances experienced, through the example of a most unlikely boarder, kindness can break down barriers, honesty and truth can set you free from the burden of fear and self-protection, and relationships can be restored.
Like the many seeds of the puffy dandelion, this story is filled with examples of the seeds of God's love, trust, wisdom, grace, truth, and forgiveness that, when "blown" into the lives of others in a loving way, can take root and grow, bringing new life, joy, and healing to wounded souls and hurting hearts.
smillOceanside, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Romance & Challenging Family RelationshipsApril 24, 2014smillOceanside, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoyed this first book I've read by Miralee Ferrell. She explores a challenging relationship between a mother and daughter in the 1800's West. Another theme is how two single parents meet each other , live in her boarding house and develop a relationship amidst her interfering mother, two children who become fast friends, and an accident involving the man and a close call for one of the lady's daughters. The characters are intriguing and drew me into the story. Can't wait to read the sequel.