"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.
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.
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.
Kathleen, a widow, runs a boarding house in the 1880's in Oregon. She has two daughters with whom I totally fell in love. Kathleen's mother is coming, and she is not looking forward to the visit. Her mom has always needed her own way, spoke so strictly, and doesn't appear at all to love her. Kathleen struggles with trying to respect her mother while not letting her totally run her life. She wants to honor her mother as God says, but she finds that more and more difficult. The oldest daughter gets frustrated that her mother refuses to stand up for herself.
Mr. Jacobs and his son have just moved to town and started a new business when a fire claims pretty much everything. He will soon find out that God hasn't forgotten him, and He will supply all his needs, including being able to stay at the local boardinghouse until he recovers from his injuries. He doesn't expect it as he is angry with God for taking his wife.
This is a story all about relationships. One of my favorite things about the story is that it isn't just from one point of view. Therefore, when the mother thinks she is only helping, she comes across as controlling and sometimes downright mean. Kathleen, of course, can only hear the words and see the actions. She can't see the motives behind them or the heart. This will make one think twice before being so hasty in judging thoughts and actions as some people have a hard time really saying what they mean. I think each reader can find a character to whom they can relate.
This really is a well written story that will give you something to dwell on when thinking of the relationships we readers have in our own lives. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.
Blowing on Dandelions delves into the most personal of relationships. It brings the relationships of mother/daughter, father/son, husband/wife, pastor/congregation, families and townspeople/individuals. Set during the 1800's, these relationships were very prominent back then. Often these relationships were the difference between life and death back then.
Katherine Galloway was widowed three years ago. She has chosen to stay and try to balance her life of being a widow, a business woman before they were accepted, and a mother. Enter her own overbearing mother with whom she has had a tumultuous relationship all of her life. Next comes Micah Jacobs. He is a newly widowed. He is struggling to find his footing with God, his son, and his new business venture. Add to the mix the other townspeople and other boardinghouse boarders and you have the mix for not only a true to life book but a often comical look at life during the 1800s.
Miralee Ferrell writes her book so that her characters actually come to life from the page. I was so able as a reader to relate to the characters. I had a horrible relationship but instead of my mother it was with my father. I too strove to get his approval or his praise all of my life. Katherine does the same with her mother. Like Katherine I was raised to respect my elders. I did not speak back against him no matter how much his words hurt. It can be a very paralyzing feeling. Looking back, I am not sure though if my was out of respect for him or fear of him. But Miralee captured the feeling of Katherine's pain and her ability to shut down her feelings so that the words maybe didn't hit as hard very well.
I read the preview to the next book at that back of this one. I cannot wait to visit this Oregon town again and find out how the characters will come to life in the next book. I want to thank those for the opportunity to read and review this book.