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- Second chances and God protection by Colleen M on 2/14/14
This is a must read. Shows the trials/tests that we can all relate to. First book I have read by this author and will get the next in this series. Down to earth writing and has God's love written throughout the story.
- Dandelion Wishes by Sarah on 1/14/14
If only life was as easy as making dandelion wishes. But as Katherine Galloway knows, “There was no fantasy world where thirty-two-year-old women—or little girls for that matter—could ride the dandelion fluff and become someone they weren’t.” A widow of three years who balances motherhood with running a boardinghouse, Katherine has accepted the hardships she faces and tries her best to keep moving forward. However, now her overbearing and acerbic mother, Frances Connors, is coming for a visit, and she dreads having another cause of stress in her life. Katherine firmly believes in respecting her elders, particularly her mother, even though she does nothing but criticize and try to assume control. Katherine decided long ago that she will have a better relationship with her own two daughters than she has with her mother, and she moves this determination to the forefront in the wake of their grandmother’s arrival. Nevertheless, her obeisance does not preclude her from wishing that her circumstances were different and from wondering why God doesn’t change her mother’s attitude, especially when she meets a handsome single man.
Widower Micah Jacobs and his son Zachary have come to Baker City, Oregon to make a fresh start. Micah owns the town livery, and he is still grieving his late wife’s untimely death and harboring anger toward God for allowing it to happen. A chance encounter introduces him to Katherine, and his son and Katherine’s older daughter, Lucy, develop a close friendship. Micah’s life seems to be heading in the right direction when a tragic event upsets his new start and seems to push him even further away from God and from happiness. As a reluctant lodger at the boardinghouse, he finds himself in the midst of a tumultuous situation between Frances, the other boarders, and Katherine, who is often caught in the crossfire. Sometimes, though, the Lord works in mysterious ways, and perhaps it isn’t too late for healing and renewal to begin.
“Blowing on Dandelions,” book one of author Miralee Ferrell’s “Love Blossoms in Oregon” trilogy, sets a promising precedent for the remainder of the series. With intelligent, well-crafted prose, Ferrell takes readers on a literary and spiritual journey that spans the past and bridges the gap between the story’s 1880 setting and contemporary life with timeless dilemmas and relatable characters. Everybody knows someone who is difficult to love, and everyone can identify with the struggles of faith and love. “Blowing on Dandelions” presents practical Christianity and faith in action, avoiding pie-in-the-sky preaching in favor of illuminating the true message of the Gospel—i.e., loving God and loving one’s neighbors. This heartwarming novel encourages readers in their daily lives and faith walk as Ferrell dexterously weaves a story rife with adversity but also abounding in love and triumph. Suitable for an adult and young adult audience, “Blowing on Dandelions” proves to be a quick and lively read, thanks in part to short chapters and a captivating plot. There is also an “AfterWords” section appended to the novel itself, providing an Author’s Note regarding Ferrell’s reason for writing the story, thought-provoking discussion questions for individual or group consideration, and an enticing look at chapter one of “Wishing on Buttercups,” the second book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
- inspiring story by inspiremichelle on 8/9/13
Blowing on Dandelions, Book one of Love Blossoms on Oregon by Miralee Ferrell
This is the first book I have read by author Miralee Ferrell, I loved it so much that it will not be the last. I don’t usually read historical fiction and have only read a few but I have now found a new genre to read. Katherine Galloway runs a boardinghouse in the small town of Baker City, Oregon, she is a widow raising two young daughters. Her life takes a sudden turn when her mother suddenly moves in. She is a nightmare, controlling, criticizing and bluntly rude to all. Katherine struggles to find a balance between honoring her mother and standing up for herself. Mrs. Cooper does everything in her power to be heard and get her own way. The chatters that are portrayed as living in the boardinghouse bring an odd mix of personalities that you have to admire each of them. I fell in love with them. Katherine first meets widower Micah Jacobs when he nearly runs her daughter down with his wagon. They have a love hate friendship that could possible lead to something more if her interfering mother would step out of the picture. The author brings forth such strong feeling of insecurity, love, rejection, loneliness into the light with faith, honor and compassion. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others. I am looking forward to reading the next two in the series. I want to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for this book, and thanks to the author Miralee Ferrell and David C. Cook Publishing for writing and bringing good clean, inspiring Christian books to readers like me.
- Sparks Fly! by Nancee on 6/1/13
In the late 1800s young widow Katherine Galloway is raising two young daughters, and struggling to operate an Oregon boarding house she and her husband originally established. Her harsh, unapproachable and overbearing mother comes to live in the boarding house with ideas of telling her daughter how to run her business and raise her daughters. Blacksmith, Micah Jacobs and his young son are forced to move into the boarding house after fire destroyed their livery and home. As additional boarders come to occupy rooms in the boarding house Katherine's life becomes a whirlwind of activity, and she becomes an intercessor between differing personalities who reside in the house. Sparks fly between residents but Katherine attempts to keep peace and harmony in her home while devoted to being a loving and authoritative mother. Her rapport with her mother is strained at best, but Katherine strives to keep the biblical commandments to honor and respect her parent. A budding romance between Katherine and Jacob brings additional tension to Katherine's relationship with her mother.
Miralee Ferrell has created a diverse and kaleidoscopic slate of characters with contrary and spirited individuals. The blending of these characters creates an abundance of commotion and conflict that propels the story along with no room for boredom. Katherine's sweet nature is peaceable amidst the bristling personalities. The author's approach to relationships between mothers and daughters is honest and realistic. The development of characters and relationships throughout this book are perceptive and polished. Faith, hope and charity are abundant in this well-written novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to more from this creative author.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Wynn-Wynn Media in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.