Blowing on Dandelions (Love Blossoms in Oregon, Bk 1)
Blowing on Dandelions - Love Blossoms in Oregon, Bk 1 Author:Miralee Ferrell Do Dandelion Wishes Actually Come True? 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, d... more »omineering 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.« less
I have read all of Miralee's Historical books & just finished reading Blowing on Dandelions. I was blown away. I admire her for taking on a story about Mother/Daughter conflicts & how they worked through them with the help of other loved ones & friends. It is a compassionate story that many of us have dealt with or will have to deal with sometime in our lives. Not every Mother/Daughter are best friends & this story tells how that can feel to each of them. I am so honored to have read this & can't wait for the next book in the series. She always covers all aspects of the emotions & feelings in her characters.
Blowing on Dandelions offers the reader an opportunity to delve into the complex relationship of a mother and her adult daughter. It is quite interesting to see both sides of the cointo look into the mind of each woman and see where her motives lie. I find Katherine, the main character, to be an exceptional person of strength, faith and duty. She is such an amazing person, and has more forbearance and patience than most, but yet, she is real and easy to relate to. I was able to connect with her in so many different ways.
Blowing on Dandelions is long enough and the author skilled enough to build a romantic thread from nothing to a strong relationship between two people who previously hadnt seen their need for a new love. The obstacles were many, but their love grew and circumvented each one.
This novel has quite the cast of interesting characters. They keep the story hopping from one incident to the next. This is a rich and many layered story. If you like historical fiction, I recommend Blowing on Dandelions. I dont think you will be disappointed.
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"Katherine Galloway's soft exhales sent the dandelion fluff dancing on the warm current of air, but it didn't bring the anticipated relief. Gripping the stem, she sat in the grassy field with her eyes closed and waited. Why didn't it come? It had always appeared years ago when she needed it. How long had it been since her mind had drifted away to a place where nothing could hurt her? Fifteen years? Twenty?
She shook her head and an errant curl tickled her cheek.
More. Many more. But 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."
Blowing On Dandelions spoke to me from the very first page. When I was a little girl I used to wait for the "flowers" to bloom just so I could blow on them and see them be scattered by the wind. My Dad would always say "They're just WEEDS!". What my Dad didn't know was every time I blew on those dandelions, every hope and dream I had was scattering on the wind and I was praying they would find their way to God and, eventually, come true. This might sound silly to those of you reading this but, the small excerpt awakened long forgotten memories and brought back memories of my Dad as well. So for the first time (yes, I said the first time) a book really spoke to me.
I was able to sympathize with Katherine's character in more ways than one. Her relationship with her mother was rocky at best and she suffered constant criticism from a woman she had tried very hard to love her whole life. Katherine had an inner strength and control that was astounding. I, too, didn't have the best relationship with my mother when I was younger but through faith in God and prayer we now have a strong bond and I am now her caregiver.
Miralee Ferrell is an amazing writer. This is the first book I have read by her and I am so glad I read it. It left me smiling at old memories and gave me hope for making new ones. I can't wait for the next two books in this series. If you haven't read Blowing On Dandelions I suggest you give it a try. It's more than worth it and look at that cover! Isn't it amazing?
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine alone and are honest and forthright. If I recommend a book you can believe its a book I enjoyed. I received no monetary compensation for this review.
While Katherine is doing her best in raising her two girls in a Boardinghouse alone, she struggles with her relationship with her own Mother.
I liked how Katherine welcomed all of the Guests that came to her Boardinghouse, even when one woman was "difficult"...
When Micah ( a near by neighbor ) and his son need a place to stay, Katherine welcomes them to her Boardinghouse without regard to the extra work or expense involved with their stay. While she gets to know Micah, she begins to realize that her feelings might be more than "just friends".. With engaging characters and a fast moving storyline, this story was hard to put down!
I enjoyed the section in the back of the book called "Afterwords", which includes some notes from the Author on why she chose to write this book, some questions about the book, and also a "Sneak Peek" at the second book in this series called "Wishing on Buttercups".
Disclaimer - I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.