Blowing on Dandelions will capture your heart with the very first page and won't let go until the last page has been turned. Even then, the story will linger and leave you eagerly anticipating the next book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series.
The characters that come and go through the Oregon boardinghouse each have a unique story. Miralee Ferrell does a wonderful job creating rich characters and vivid descriptions. The emotions she so eloquently portrays will warm your heart and inspire you. Blowing on Dandelions is a beautiful story of strength, determination, faith, hope, and love!
I highly recommend Blowing on Dandelions and can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series, Wishing on Buttercups, which releases in February 2014.
I was privileged to receive a copy of this book through a giveaway on the author's website. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
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.
Despite the heartaches of life, Katherine has endured it all with grace and strength. After the tragic death of her husband, she bravely plunges on and successfully manages a boarding house in Oregon while raising two daughters alone. When her bossy, overbearing, meddlesome mother decides to move in with her, Katherine is unable to refuse her a home. On top of everything swirling around her life, a widower moves into town with his son. Katherine drew closer to God when she became a widow, but Micah drew away and turned his back to God.
Like all good romances, there has to be a conflict between main characters of some kind. Surprisingly, the secondary conflict between Katherine and her mother was highly entertaining - more so than the intended romantic tension between Micah and Katherine as they work towards the idea of a new life together. The characters were memorable, and even the small side stories of Micah and Katherine's children and townspeople proved enchanting and endearing. Overall, this was a great novel, and I am looking forward to more in the series!
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
Blowing on Dandelions ~ A Great Study of Human Rel
December 7, 2013
Historical fiction and romance novels are not my favorite genres so for me to actually complete reading a book that combines both was unusual! I heard about Blowing on Dandelions when the author, Miralee Ferrell, spoke at a librarians' meeting that I attended. I enjoyed hearing her describe the story's leading characters and the research that went into the setting of the story so I purchased the book.
I was pleasantly surprised to find myself drawn into the story, wondering throughout if Katherine and her mother would ever come to terms with their misunderstanding of one another. At one point Katherine says of her impossible-to-love mother: "I've tried to love her, truly I have. More times than I can count. But she makes it so difficult. She's full of sharp edges and flings out her opinion without a thought of what it might do. She has wounded me so many times I've felt like a battle-worn soldier who crawled back to his hole to die." That's all I will say about that!
The book does a great job of showing that every person's life carries a behind-the-scenes story, one that we may or may not know, making it important that we take care not to just assume that we know why a person acts in ways we don't understand or like.
I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Wishing on Buttercups, to learn more about the characters that were introduced in Blowing on Dandelions.
Miralee did such an excellent job with this book, I can't even begin to explain.
This book has relationships at its finest. Mother/daughter relationships can be like a minefield. Us woman are so complicated and when you have mothers and daughters, both wanting the end result from each, it can be a difficult course to navigate.
The setting is the 1800's, we have a widow and her 2 daughters running a boardinghouse. Katherine ends up with a house full, full of characters you will come to love! Mr Tucker has a story behind him and I can't wait to find out more!
But for this book, we focus on Katherine and Micah. Micah's house burns down and him and his son Zachary end up staying at the boardinghouse, reliant on the charity of Katherine. Katherine's mom is not happy about this. She has a sharp tongue and doesn't hold anything back. Mother and daughter relationship has been strained forever with this poison. Can it ever be mended? Miralee's message of what God can do rings throughout this wonderful heart warming story!
Can't wait for the next part!
I received a copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
A delightful historical romance set in 1880. Katherine Galloway is a young widow who is trying to run a boardinghouse in a time period when women are rarely business owners. Her life becomes even more complicated when her sharp tongued mother comes to live with her after the death of her sister. Katherine struggles to remain respectful of her mother when she has felt unloved by her since her childhood and still continues to be ridiculed by her. Can their already strained relationship withstand the trials of living within the same household? Can Katherine find a chance at love while her mother hovers over her every move? And how can she even dream of the possibility of finding a husband when her first loyalty is to her children? Find the answers to these, and many more questions, as you find the story taking some unexpected turns. You will find the subjects of loneliness, honor, love, respect, trust, and forgiveness woven within the storyline.
A copy of this book was provided to me by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. The opinions within this review are my own and no further compensation was given.