Blowing on Dandelions was such a great book. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, at least I didn't think I was until I read this book. The characters are not only believable, but they experience everyday issues just as the rest of us do. I think one of the best themes behind the book, is the way Katherine (the main character), handles her very difficult mother. She manages to show what the bible says in honoring thy mother. A fantastic example of ordinary life working to live out the gospel. I would recommend this book to anyone, including my teenage daughter. It was a delightful story that captured not only my attention but my heart as well. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Katherine Galloway has been making a life for herself and her daughters Lucy and Amanda in the 3 years since her husband's death. But when her mother has decides that Katherine needs her help Katherine is about to get more than she can possibly handle on her own! All Katherine really wants from her mother is her love and respect, is that too much to ask?
Looking to make a fresh start widower Micah Jones has just recently moved to Baker City, Oregon with his son Zachary. Micah is angry with God, blaming him for the pain and loses that he has experienced starting with his wife's death.
When Katherine and Micah meet they are drawn to one another, but neither is interested in pursuing romance or the possibility of a second marriage. Complicating this situation is the "friendship" of Lucy and Zachary. Throw in Katherine's overbearing mother and a house full of boarders and you're just asking for some overblown misunderstandings.
Blowing on Dandelions looks at how families deal with their disappointments and losses. Our faith in God goes a long way in determining how we face the challenges of life and and how we respond to those around us. Respecting and honoring our parents is important but the same is true for how parents deal with their own children.
There is an unexpected depth to Blowing on Dandelions that is hidden within the covers. A valuable lesson to look beneath the surface of a person's personality to see the true person is wrapped up in a delightfully entertaining story. I for one look forward to reading the future installments of this series and learning more about the people of Baker City, Oregon.
I was provided a copy of this title by the the publisher David C. Cook and BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Mothers and Daughters - what a complicated relationship. This is the theme of Blowing on Dandelions. Katherine Galloway, a widow in 1800s Oregon, is the mother of two girls. One of her daughters, Lucy, is becoming a teenager. Katherine finds herself alternating between protecting her little girl from growing up and thinking she is more grown up than she really is. Katherine's mother Frances comes to live with the family. Frances is a bitter, controlling woman, but perhaps she is, in some ways, like Katherine, trying to protect her daughter from the blows of life. As Katherine and Frances struggle with their relationship, there are other characters on the scene - the ladies of Katherine's quilting group who offer loving advice; Micah, the handsome blacksmith; Zachary, Micah's son who Katherine fears is trying to make her "little girl" grow up too fast; Mrs. Roberts, her demanding boarder; and Mr. Tucker, the mysterious boarder with no visible means of employment. At a point of crisis, mothers and daughters must come to terms with their relationship. Hopefully, we don't all have to wait for a crisis to resolve relationship issues. Fortunately, there will be a sequel to follow the lives of these characters.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review
This is the first book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series.
Katherine Galloway runs a boardinghouse while raising her two daughters after the death of her husband. Katherine's hardhearted, demanding, mother comes to stay with her and wants things to run her way. Will they clash regarding decisions? Will Mrs. Cooper (Katherine's mother) squash all hope for Katherine's happiness?
This a sweet story about love, family, forgiveness and hope. I really enjoyed the friendship that forms between characters. The author has a nice way of disclosing each one's spirit needed to bring them to life. Having the strength Katherine has, proves that following what the Bible teaches is possible, but not necessarily easy.
If you are looking for a lovely romance that takes place in the late 1800s this is one you will enjoy. I'm anxious for the next book in the series to be released.
I received a copy of Blowing on Dandelions from Bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Blowing on Dandelions, Book one of Love Blossoms on Oregon by Miralee Ferrell
This is the first book I have read by author Miralee Ferrell, I loved it so much that it will not be the last. I don't usually read historical fiction and have only read a few but I have now found a new genre to read. Katherine Galloway runs a boardinghouse in the small town of Baker City, Oregon, she is a widow raising two young daughters. Her life takes a sudden turn when her mother suddenly moves in. She is a nightmare, controlling, criticizing and bluntly rude to all. Katherine struggles to find a balance between honoring her mother and standing up for herself. Mrs. Cooper does everything in her power to be heard and get her own way. The chatters that are portrayed as living in the boardinghouse bring an odd mix of personalities that you have to admire each of them. I fell in love with them. Katherine first meets widower Micah Jacobs when he nearly runs her daughter down with his wagon. They have a love hate friendship that could possible lead to something more if her interfering mother would step out of the picture. The author brings forth such strong feeling of insecurity, love, rejection, loneliness into the light with faith, honor and compassion. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others. I am looking forward to reading the next two in the series. I want to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for this book, and thanks to the author Miralee Ferrell and David C. Cook Publishing for writing and bringing good clean, inspiring Christian books to readers like me.