Blowing on Dandelions, Love Blossoms in Oregon Series #1   -     By: Miralee Ferrell
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Award-winning author Miralee Ferrell presents a powerful novel that blends the warmth and heart of historical romance with a deep exploration of difficult family dynamics. In 1880 Oregon, Katherine Galloway, a widow, must raise her daughters and run a boardinghouse alone. But when her controlling, outspoken mother comes to live with her, and with her older daughter entering the teen years, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. She must find the faith, wisdom, and courage to transform her life and relationships, especially now that new-in-town widower, Micah Jacobs, begins to capture her heart.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781408083
ISBN-13: 9780781408080
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Series: Love Blossoms in Oregon

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Do Dandelion Wishes Actually Come True?

 
 
Katherine Galloway knew this moment of calm wouldn’t last, blown away like the dandelion seeds she scattered as a girl. In 1880, three years after her husband’s death, she struggles to run an Oregon boardinghouse and raise two girls alone. Things don't get easier when her critical, domineering mother moves in. Katherine must make the situation work, but standing up for herself and her family while honoring her mother isn't easy. And with a daughter entering the teenage years, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. Then she crosses paths with Micah Jacobs, a widower who could reignite her heart, but she fears a relationship with him might send things over the edge. She must find the strength, wisdom, hope, and faith to remake her life, for everything is about to change.

Author Bio

Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.


Author Bio

Miralee Ferrell is multi-published in contemporary and historical romance, is a speaker, accredited counselor, and American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

Editorial Reviews

"Blowing on Dandelions is a fun read with a beautiful setting in 1880s Baker City, Oregon. Ferrell has created characters you’ll root for, and the attitudes feel appropriate for the time in this tender romance. The relationships of mothers and daughters in this story speak deeply of the need for acceptance, love, and respect from one’s parents." 

Susan Page Davis, award-winning author of the Prairie Dreams and Texas Trails series

"As soft and gentle as the wisps of snowy seeds for which it is named, Blowing on Dandelions is an achingly tender love story that will lift your spirits—and your heart—high on a gentle breeze over the Oregon prairie." 

Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series

"Miralee Ferrell’s Blowing on Dandelions is a deeply inspiring story about family conflict and the transforming power of rekindled love. A richly written story chock full of nuggets of divine wisdom this book was, for me, a genuinely satisfying read." 

Walt Larimore, best-selling author of Hazel Creek and Sugar Fork

"Miralee Ferrell’s writing style is always a delight, even as her stories are captivating. Blowing on Dandelions is no exception. From the opening scene the reader is drawn into Katherine Galloway’s life, and we care about her from that moment on. This is more than a heart-tugging romance—though it is that—but it is also a mind-challenging read that will leave us in a different place than when we began." 

Kathi Macias, multi-award-winning author of 40 books, including the Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and Carol Award finalist, Red Ink

"Blowing on Dandelions is an amazing, deeply emotional story. Each of the characters is so sympathetic and well drawn that it was impossible to put the book down. Ferrell is a wonderful writer who handles the pain of physical and emotional trauma beautifully. Her characters are appealing, with a touching and believable faith journey, and the romance is lovely. My only regret was reaching the final page! Miralee Ferrell’s future books will be an automatic purchase from now on!" 

Roxanne Rustand, author of Duty to Protect

"An interesting combination of the classic Western and prairie romances. No cowboys but a hero who loves his son and a heroine who loves her daughters. Mix in a boardinghouse, a mysterious boarder, and two matriarchs, marking their territory. Katharine Galloway is a heroine to root for! And Miralee Ferrell is an author to watch!"
Lyn Cote, author of La Belle Christiane

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  1. Tennessee
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Engaging historical fiction
    June 14, 2015
    Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Blowing 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.
  2. Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Healing
    April 14, 2015
    Jane Squires
    Wasola, Mo
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Healing 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.
  3. KarenCollier.com
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A treat for fans of historical romance
    July 21, 2014
    Karen Collier
    KarenCollier.com
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    A 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.
  4. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Looking a little deeper....
    May 1, 2014
    Sheryl
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
  5. Oceanside, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance & Challenging Family Relationships
    April 24, 2014
    smill
    Oceanside, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
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