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Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Love Blossoms in Oregon
Blowing on Dandelions, Love Blossoms in Oregon Series #1Miralee FerrellDavid C. Cook / 2013 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 56 Reviews
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Wishing on Buttercups, Blossoms in Oregon Series #2Miralee FerrellDavid C. Cook / 2014 / Trade Paperback$11.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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SherylAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Looking a little deeper....May 1, 2014SherylAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets 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.
smillOceanside, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Romance & Challenging Family RelationshipsApril 24, 2014smillOceanside, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets 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.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A skillful weaving of emotion and romanceApril 15, 2014RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Blowing On Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell
"Katherine's soft exhale sent the dandelion fluff dancing on the current of air, but it didn't bring the anticipated relief.
. . . Seeds-that's all they were. Seeds that brought unwanted weeds when they matured. Just like her life.
Unwanted. Unwelcome. Unsung.
At least by the one person who mattered the most while she was growing up.
. . . It was time to put the past behind her. . .and somehow Katherine had to survive."
Katherine Galloway is working hard to care for her two daughters and a boarding house after her husband's death, when life goes from tough to hopelessly unbearable for the single Mom in 1860's Oregon.
The very last thing Katherine needs or wants is a visit from her overbearing, authoritarian mother but not only does her mother visit-she decides to move in. Katherine has felt she never lived up to her mother's expectations and the constant nitpicking seems to just further drive the point home.
Micah Jacobs, a widower, recently moved to Baker City, Oregon. He started a livery business in hopes of getting his teenage son, Zachary, away from books and into a trade. After all, at 15, Zachary should know books were not the answer; besides, their family had a history of working with their hands not their minds.
Both main characters have to deal with seemingly insurmountable odds but face similar situations in very different ways; one turning to God for hope and consolation, the other turning from God with animosity and resentment.
Miralee Ferrell does a masterful job of showing life from both sides of the coin as daughter and mother struggle to understand each other, father and son pursue different paths in life and boarders come to the realization of God's love. She skillfully weaves an emotional story with romance in Blowing on Dandelions, book one in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series.
"Dandelions" is an enlightening and encouraging book for anyone who has struggled with an overbearing person(s) in their lives.
The author includes a chat, discussion questions and historical notes at the end of the book. She also includes a first chapter teaser of the series second book, Wishing on Buttercups.
A copy of this book was provided by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. The opinions are my own and no compensation was given.
Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Historical romance with character depthFebruary 11, 2014Carole JarvisJonesboro, GeorgiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleValue: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Blowing on Dandelions, set in Baker City, Oregon in 1880, is the first book in Miralee Ferrell's Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Like other books I've read of Miralee's, this story deals with life/family issues - namely, long-running conflict between a mother and daughter. Both narrative and plot are strong, and we are introduced to some very interesting characters.
Katherine is a character I sympathized with and admired from the beginning - a daughter who felt unwanted, unable to measure up to her domineering mother's expectations. "Always her memory returned to those times when the dandelion fluff had carried her away to a place where mothers were loving and kind, and little girls didn't need to be afraid of cutting words or sharp voices." The quiet, rugged strength of Micah Jacobs is exactly what Katherine needs, and while the mother/daughter conflict takes center stage, their romance is sweet and enjoyable.
Miralee very effectively uses the vehicle of a boardinghouse to place an unusual assortment of characters in close vicinity, and even more conflict is introduced with the arrival of guest Wilma Roberts, who I grew to love. Wilma is an imposing and proud woman, yet she senses that Katherine's mother is lonely and determines to become her friend. And then there's the mysterious Jeffery Tucker, who I suspect we will see much more of.
Katherine's mother, Frances, is an extremely abrasive character who made me even more thankful than I already am for the wonderful mother I was blessed with. Anyone who has experienced family conflict can relate to this story and be inspired by the hope that it offers. I like the slow, but steady spiritual growth that several characters experience.
One of the best things about a series is getting to continue on with certain characters, and I look forward to what Miralee has in store for us in Wishing on Buttercups, which releases on February 1, 2014. Recommended to those who enjoy historical romance and relationship drama.
ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great bookFebruary 9, 2014ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
Blowing on dandelions
Always love a good historical. This is definitely a good one.
Katherine is a widow and runs a boarding house, her sister that was taking of her mother recently passed away and now her mother is going to stay with her. Katherine's mother is always picking on everything she does and makes her feel insecure.
Micah Jacobs is also a widow with a son. Katherine has two daughters and the oldest, Lucy, becomes friends with Micah son.
There is a fire at the livery where Micah and his son lives, when the fire happens they lose everything, Katherine invites them to stay at the boardinghouse. Then Mrs. Roberts and her niece,Beth, comes to town and stays at the boardinghouse. Katherine has "fun" trying to get everyone to get along.
A very good book and well worth reading.
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