Dreaming on Daisies, Blossoms in Oregon Series #3   -     By: Miralee Ferrell
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Dreaming on Daisies, Blossoms in Oregon Series #3

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When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten fiery redhead Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets, and the pain of her past, come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781408105
ISBN-13: 9780781408103
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Series: Love Blossoms in Oregon

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When her father's debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson's family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah's family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she's fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.

This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman's past.

Author Bio

Miralee Ferrell is the author of The Other Daughter and the Love Finds You series, which includes the award-winning novel Love Finds You in Sundance, WY. She and her husband live on eleven acres in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, sail, ride horses, and visit with their children and grandchildren.

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"With a fresh, charming installment in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series, Ferrell returns readers to 1860s Oregon, tackling matters of faith, family, and forgiveness.... This tender tale reinforces recognition of the necessity of trust and the unbreakable bond of family."

"Ferrell's tale is Western historical romance at its best with well-thought-out characters who will do what they must to keep their livelihood out of the bank's clutches. The details of the landscape enhances the plot and readers are treated to an enjoyable read. Ferrell is a talented author who brings readers a sweet love story with surprises throughout. A wonderful addition to the series."

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  1. Washington
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another winner!
    January 29, 2015
    Sarah S
    Washington
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the last book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Dreaming on Daisies touches on the issue of abandonment, both emotional and physical. I use to not understand how someone could be mad at someone for dying and leaving them. My logic was that they didn't choose to leave you. This book really made me realize that no matter if they choose to leave or not it's still abandonment; that other person still feels alone.

    I love how Miralee deals with heavy, everyday issues in such a natural way!
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dreaming
    November 8, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I found it interesting that the author began collecting Zane Grey novels, which I am familiar with through my Nana collecting Louis LAmour novels, when she was a teenager. One way to look at this was how one author impacted and inspired another author a generation later. Also, being familiar with how westerns were and are written and doing her research has allowed Miralee to write very compelling tales. The other books in the series are Blowing on Dandelions, Wishing on Buttercups, Forget Me Not (novella) and ending with Dreaming on Daisies.

    Miralee is also a counselor who includes some of the issues she has helped others cope with and work through in developing her female character. Out of all the novels in this series this one seemed to be the best of the best. The characters were challenged in their faith, wrestled through some tough issues with the themes of hope, forgiveness and restoration brilliantly apparent. Not only is the truth about how adults are faced with paced mistakes revealed, still growing in their faith and learning how to have close connections with their adult offspring is also portrayed.

    I felt the intensity of the novel very gripping of both my heart and mind. At times I could feel myself cracking a smile and then imagining the pain of certain characters in various scenes of the tale. While it is true that one could read this novel as a standalone, I think the audience would garner a much deeper appreciation if all the books were read in order. Either way Marilee has done a fantastic job of seeing both the human life and the spiritual life too. The raw emotion depicted in different parts of the tale helps lend credibility, I believe, to how God works in the midst of our pain or sorrows.

    Kudos to the author for sharing an inspiring novel with us once again!
  3. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A homerun for this western romantic at heart!!!
    November 3, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sometimes it's great when novels can reach deep inside us and reach the pain we often have hiding inside our hearts. When Miralee Ferrell decided on a theme for her latest novel in the Love Blossoms in Oregon Series, she knew she what she wanted to convey in Dreaming on Daisies. From the outside, people can appear happy but on the inside is another story. For Leah Carlson, she was still dealing with the pain of her mother's death six years ago. When that happened it seemed it took the life of the man she once knew as her father and dumped him inside a bottle of whiskey he was so found of getting lost in at the saloon in Baker City.

    For years bitterness continued to grow not only in finding ways to keep from hating the man her father was becoming, but at the way she had worked so hard to make the ranch a success and now it seemed like all their money was tied up in her father's drinking binges. No matter what great ideas she had to try and turn it around, her father believed that Leah didn't possess the common sense to understand ranching was a man's business and part of his pride.

    Leah had also lost her older brother Tom, when he decided to walk away from ranching and never left word where he was going or why he even left. So all Leah had to figure out the broken places of her life was pieces of what she could understand. She must try to convince the bank to provide her with a small loan to help get them back on track otherwise the only thing remaining that she has held onto all this time will be losing the ranch she has loved since she was a child. That would be the one thing that would ultimately break Leah.

    Steven Harding wished he had better news for Leah when she came to him to inquire about obtaining a loan to help get them through the winter, but since the deed didn't have her name on it and her father wasn't the one inquiring about a loan, the only thing he could offer her was he would keep on trying to convince the bank to give her a chance. But without her father's signature on the loan documents, Leah would have to find another way to save the family ranch. She just wasn't hoping to rely on Steven Harding to do it. But when a mining accident leaves Steven without a place to stay, he believes he has the solution to both of their problems. If Lean agrees to let him stay on the ranch, he will help with the manual labor her father seems no longer interested in doing. But is the ranch the only thing Leah could lose?

    I received Dreaming on Daisies by Miralee Ferrell compliments of David C. Cook Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This is a powerful novel that portrays the effects of what alcoholism can have on not only the person who is addicted but the family who is struggling with dealing with it. This novel conveys a story of a young woman who's been emotionally damaged by a father who turned to alcohol and abandoned her emotionally, and a mother who abandoned her physically. It's no wonder that Leah has trust issues dealing with anyone in her life. They can leave scars even on the strongest Christian that can linger for a lifetime. The author's hope in writing this novel is that some aspect of the story would minister to their heart and that Jesus can heal every broken and wounded heart that's brought to Him as she writes in the Author Note at the conclusion of this novel. There is also a Reader's Discussion Guide in the novel as well. Well worth a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and hit home in my western romance lover's heart!
  4. Pacific Northwest
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Above my expectations
    October 24, 2014
    Tracie
    Pacific Northwest
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Those who have been following Miralee Ferrells Love Blossoms in Oregon series will not be disappointed with this third book, Dreaming on Daisies. Miralee gives readers another good story, with intriguing characters. I especially enjoyed the development of Leahs character and her interactions with Steven. The story has plenty of depth and surprises to keep readers turning pages. It leaves me wondering, will there be another story to come about Charlie and Mrs. Cooper, or how things go for Steven and Leah?
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    beautiful story!
    October 17, 2014
    Rachael Merritt
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Dreaming on Daisies was a beautiful read. Leah Carlson is trying to keep hold of her precious ranch and deal with some amazing revelations and hurt from the past. Will she allow her past to affect her future?

    Steven Harding is starting over in a new town. He doesn't particular like his full time bank job, but he is thankful for it. He is also thankful for the opportunity to help Leah hold onto her dream.

    Much of this book is about leaving things that belong in the past, right where they belong, in the past. Forgiveness is required. The one to forgive is gone, but forgiveness is truly for the one forgiving...not the recipient.

    I loved the well developed characters in this book. In an unusual twist, my favorite character was the main male character! I really liked Steven. He had his own emotional issues with which he struggled, but he also was so willing to help and please others. His character was so well developed. I really enjoyed his story.

    The reader is again introduced to the wonderful characters from the previous books, yet this book stands very well on its own.

    Once again, MiraLee Ferrell has written a beautiful historical Christian novel. The characters seem real, the lessons taught are so important, and the story plot is somewhat bittersweet, as life is. Yet, it is a beautiful story that is wrapped up with an ending that leaves the reader feeling happy and blessed. I truly enjoyed this read, and I highly recommend it! I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which i have given.
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