Dreaming on Daisies: A Novel - eBook
Dreaming on Daisies: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Miralee Ferrell
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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: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780781412421
ISBN-13: 9780781412421
Series: Love Blossoms in Oregon

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Fiery redhead Leah Carlson must find a way to save her ranch and open her heart in the captivating final book in Miralee Ferrell's Love Blossoms in Oregon series.

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  1. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Solid but not her best
    October 6, 2015
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Based on the beginning, I thought Dreaming on Daisies was going to be a standard historical romance. While the first half of the novel certainly focused on the attraction and developing relationship between ranchers daughter Leah Carlson and banker Steven Harding, the second half almost ignored that relationship and instead focused on Leahs relationship with her drunken stepfather, dead mother and wayward brother.

    The Carlson/Pape family had a lot of issues, which had left Leah feeling as though everyone she ever loved abandoned herand that if she fell for Steven, hed abandon her as well. There were some strong Christian themes of the dangers of pride and the need to offer forgiveness. These were addressed well, but I couldnt help feeling the plot was being driven by the need to demonstrate these themes. This was particularly the case with the character of Charlie Pape, whose personal journey detracted from what the romance plot.

    I also didnt like the fact that so much of the plot was centred around secrets, lies and deception. Leah was the victim in most of these secrets and lies, and it seemed her personal journey to deal with the lies shed been told was the most important factor in the plot. Im not saying it shouldnt have been important, but not at the expense of the romantic relationship. This resurfaced out of nowhere towards the end and seemed a little too convenient, because it hadnt been threaded throughout.

    Having said all that, Dreaming on Daisies was a solid read. Id probably get more out of it if I read it a second time, but it didnt interest me enough (and there are dozens of books on my to-read list which interest me more!)

    Thanks to David C Cook and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  2. Barb
    West Monroe, LA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome
    July 13, 2015
    Barb
    West Monroe, LA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Author Miralee Ferrell captured my attention immediately on her book, Dreaming on Daisies. What was remarkable for me is how the author addressed the issues of family, trust, faith, forgiveness and God. I feel the characters are written in a different style to deal with these problems. I love and enjoyed reading this historical romantic book but having these subjects written in a marvelous manner is awesome to me. I highly recommend reading Dreaming on Daisies by Author Miralee Ferrell and it's a book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon Series.

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
  3. Sarah S
    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!
  4. lcjohnson1988
    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!
  5. Heart2Heart
    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!
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