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.
This is the first book I have read by Miralee Ferrell. I will definitely read more of her books and finish this series.
This book caught my attention from the beginning. Do you have a childhood memory of getting away from everyone to focus on hope?
In this book we meet many different people who are so well developed you feel like you are in the story. I wish I could give advice too. And maybe tell Katherine's mother how awful she is. But this just goes to show you how involved I was in the story. This was a great book.
I was given this book free for my honest review by book network.org
Katherine is the one of the main female characters in a story that spotlights the relationship between a mother and daughter. There is also an older woman who comes to the boardinghouse that Katherine owns with her two daughters and with her niece. Beth is a quiet young lady who caves under the authority of her aunt; she is a very soft spoken woman. Micah is a widower who is struggling to run a livery as well as raise a teenage son without help.
Many adventures await the characters in this work of fiction that is sure to keep readers from putting the novel down until it is finished. There are themes such as romance, forgiveness, choices and actions that can easily be misunderstood depending on the heart of the one observing. Katherine's mother has always been a woman who not only speaks her mind, but demeans as well as demoralizes her daughter with every opportunity she gets.
Blowing on Dandelions is the first of three novels that will published as the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Before reading this particular novel, I hadn't read anything written by this author, but I can tell you I will be watching for her future writings. Some women have wonderful relationships with their mothers and even mother-in-law. Then, there are others who either haven't had good relationships or even know of a relationship of this type.
As the novel progresses, see that God is able to change a bitter woman's heart if she chooses to allow Him to work. I could also pick up that some women who have had less than stellar models growing up or people who have hurt them can cause some women to be less able to love or be loved. In the book, a woman closer to Katherine's mother's age befriends her and leans on God to help her love on this woman even if all she gets back is hate. Above all, like the fictional characters, we too can still choose to love regardless of how it is received. We must always stay connected to the Vine so we aren't doing the work in the flesh, but in the Spirit. I cannot wait for book number two due out in 2014.
Blowing on Dandelions is a sound book, well written with a plausible story. It has many of the elements I love in a book, a western setting, romance, children, and a supporting cast that suggests a sequel. For some reason however, the story never really captured my heart. Perhaps it was just simply that I could not relate to the main conflicts in the story. The characters were likable enough and while I rooted for the heroine, Katherine and her love interest, Micah I never doubted that they would get together or bought into the obstacles the story set before them. None seemed insurmountable even given the setting and the mores of the time. Although the story never really drew me in, it is well written and will strike a chord with the right readers.
I received a copy of the book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
Blowing on Dandelions, Book one of Love Blossoms on Oregon by Miralee Ferrell
This is the first book I have read by this author. However it will not be my last. The next book in this series is already on my to read list! This historical fiction, one of my favorite genre, captured my attention from the beginning. The author's ability to describe the settings and illustrate the characters make you feel a part of the story. I felt able to understand the difficulties of the strained mother- daughter relationship after having problems with one myself. The boardinghouse patrons definitely added spice and mystery to the book. I look forward to learning more about them in further series. I received the book from Bookfun and David Cook Publishing for my honest review.