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Wishing on Buttercups: Love Blossoms in Oregon

Miralee Ferrell
Wishing on Buttercups: Love Blossoms in Oregon
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Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide? She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever h... Read More

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Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?

She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.

Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.

Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt... Beth’s future and her heart. As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jan 10, 2014
  • UPC: 9780781408097
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Publish Date: Feb 1, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC014000"
  • ISBN: 0781408091

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An enjoyable historical by Jasmine on 3/9/14
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A nice historical with a little mystery, a couple of very different romances, and some realistic family dynamics that are well developed and fascinating.

I have to admit that I didn't particularly like, Beth, the heroine. She came across as self absorbed, she deliberately misinterprets people's actions and words, she is naïve to the point of gullible, and waffles in her actions at times. I also found her to be tender-hearted, gentle, sensitive to other people's pain, forgiving, loyal, and strong in her moral character.
I loved Jeffery! He is a good man, he is determined to be independent, kind and gentle, quite understanding, and he also has a sense of humor. He isn't perfect, though, sometimes jumping to conclusions and a bit jealous at times when it comes to a certain girl.
The characters that live in the boarding house are diverse, flawed, quirky, fun, interesting, and enjoyable. There are also some near-villains that are delightfully despicable and the reader is glad when they get their comeuppances.

While I found a couple of the situations in Wishing On Buttercups to be a little implausible, the imagery is very rich and the reader feels transported directly into the story. My little movie-screen-in-my-brain found much to work with in this book and even after I had to put the book down to do other things I found myself replaying scenes and wondering what would happen next. The book does get a little slow in spots but it's worth the time spent, I actually finished it in less than a day.

I will note is that I have not read book one in this series, Blowing On Dandelions, but I really didn't feel out of the loop at all. It can be read as a standalone but I am definitely going to go back and read book one when I get the chance.

Overall Wishing On Buttercups book is a very enjoyable story and any reader that likes historical fiction will likely enjoy this book.

(I received a copy of this book from the Publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own)

Wishing On Buttercups by Miralee Ferrell by Tina on 2/11/14
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*Wishing On Buttercups: Love Blossoms in Oregon Series by Miralee Ferrell***** PDF

Wishing On Buttercups picks up the story from Blowing On Dandelions, set in Baker City, Oregon in 1880. Beth Roberts is staying at Mrs. Jacob's Boarding House with her Aunt Wilma Roberts. Beth has secrets that only her Aunt knows about and some she has not shared with her Aunt Wilma. Beth has sent drawings in to be published in The Women's Eastern Magazine under the pen-name of Elizabeth Corwin, or E.C. What would her Aunt say if she learned she had submitted her drawings to the magazine and was being paid for them? Her Aunt thinks her drawings are a passing thing and will stop once Beth is married. But Beth knows no man will want her with her past and her scars, she only has her drawings.

Jeffery Tucker is also a border at Mrs. Jacob's Boarding House with secrets of his own. He left home where his parents had his future all mapped out for him, including a bride. But Jeffery has plans of his own that do not include his wealthy parents plans. He wants to make it on his own without the influence of his father's wealth. He wants to be a writer and is currently writing his first book, hoping he will finally get it published.

There is an attraction between Beth and Jeffery, but both have their own secrets and are not prepared to share them at this point. Besides, Beth doesn't think she can trust another man since her ex-finance broke their engagement and left without telling her why or saying goodbye. Jeffery can't figure Beth out, she seems to like him but keeps her distance. Has he done something to offend her or is she just shy? Can he get passed her mistrust?

As the months go by three men show up in Baker City. Someone from the past, a family member and a stranger. But these men bring secrets of their past, stress, more deceit, answers of the past and hope for reconciliation—a hope that has been prayed for for many years. Who can be trusted? Why show up now when Beth and Jeffery are finally finding their way and developing a trust and a budding romance? As Beth and Jeffery continue to place their trust in God, will they find more heartache or love? What happens when they share these secrets and their hearts?

I love that the story picks up from the first book, Blowing On Dandelions. The characters are real-to-life and have many struggles we have. Problems with trusting others-or themselves, past hurts, insecurity, as well as growth, learning to trust, growing faith and trust in God, forgiveness, reconciliation, surprises and love. You will need tissues, so have them handy. I loved this book and hope there will be another one in this series.

~~I received a PDF copy of the book from the author for my review~~

Wishing on Buttercups by Miralee Ferrell by Wanda Barefoot on 1/25/14
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When I review a book I often find it hard to put my feelings into words. Sometimes, though, a book touches a part of you that you keep hidden and the words simply pour out on the page. Wishing on a Buttercups was just that book for me. The first book in this series, Blowing on Dandelions, brought back some long forgotten memories from my childhood and spoke to me in its own special way. Wishing on Buttercups touched an inner struggle that I have dealt with since I was a child. I could relate to Beth's scars and her inner turmoil over how the world perceived her because of them. Being born with physical limitations myself, I never saw the world through rose-colored glasses. Instead, I saw flashes of cruelty that is just as often heaped upon us by adults as it is by other children. Miralee tackled this issue with perfection. I love what Aunt Wilma said to Beth when she was worrying about her scars. She said, "But dear heart, your peace can't come solely from your drawings, nor can you find your entire worth there. That must come from God."

She opens the readers eyes to the fact that how God perceives you and how you perceive yourself are the most important things. When you finally realize how much God loves you and see your own self-worth, the way others see you will no longer matter. I would like to share something from the author's note at the end of the story. Miralee wrote: "I don't ever want to write a simple romance without something that drives it. In this case, it was a young woman who's been damaged--not only physically, but emotionally, due to the scars from her childhood. As I thought about that, I realized many of us carry hurts and scars from words spoken or actions taken that we had little or no control over." Miralee not only sees the story, she sees the truth behind the story. Something about this series touches an emotional cord in me and it was compounded a hundred fold in this book. But that's not all I loved about it. The characters displayed a strong sense of family and loyalty and had high moral values. The plot had depth but was also lightened up with a little humor. I laughed out loud when Micah lost his grip on the paint can! The romance between Beth and Jeffrey was a sweet romance that built by degrees as the story progressed. There were so many things that threatened their already tedious relationship and it was very heartwarming to watch it unfold. Miralee has written another story that will leave you wanting more and with new characters introduced into the story it left things wide open for book three. I can't wait to read it! The story was so well written and I don't hesitate to recommend it. If you love historical romance, or simply a story that digs deep to tug at your emotions, you'll love Wishing on Buttercups.

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.

Wishing on Buttercups by Wanda on 1/23/14
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"Wishing on Buttercups" is the second novel in the "Love Blossoms in Oregon" series by Miralee Ferrell. This is the story of Beth Roberts and Jeffery Tucker who we met in "Blowing on Dandelions". This is a lovely story of showing that it is not outward beauty that determines your life, it is the inward beauty and God's love that shines through. Beth and Jeffery both have secrets that they try to hide, and they are drawn to each other. Beth has already been taken in by an unscrupulous suitor, so she is very leary of Jeffery. Jeffery has his own secrets that he has to work through. Miralee has done a fabulous job of showing us these characters lives and the struggles that they go through. It's a beautiful story of love and compassion, and learning to trust. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction. While it is would be enjoyable to read the first book in the series first, this is also a "stand alone" book that can be enjoyed

This is an awesome read. by Elizabeth on 1/16/14
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Wishing on Buttercups : A Novel--Second book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon
series, By Miralee Ferrell

I read the first book Blowing on Dandelions in this series and I really loved it. I thought Wishing on Buttercups could not be any better. Boy was I wrong. It is an awesome book and Miralee did a great job of writing it. She brings out her characters and it is as if you are right there with them back in the 1880's in the west. Wishing on Buttercups had some of the same characters as the first book. This book is about Beth Roberts and Jeffery Tucker. Beth has been raised by Wilma, who she calls her aunt. Beth has issues with her past and afraid to get close to anyone. She is afraid they will not have anything to do with her if they find out about her past. Her aunt Wilma has raised her from around three years old. It bothers Beth that she may have been abandoned and not wanted as a child. Beth loves to draw
and she likes to slip away by herself to be alone. She doesn't want anyone finding out what she does . Beth also still has a problem with an old boyfriend, and she is afraid to love again. Jeffery Tucker is a young handsome writer. He wants to make a life on his own and not have to depend on his father's money. Jeffery is having some strong feeling for Beth, but Beth is afraid to let him get close. There are two other men that come into town and boy is there some action that goes on. Will Beth ever remember or find out what happened to her parents? Can she accept the past and move on and make a life for herself ? There is a lot going on in Wishing on Buttercups and you need to be sure you don't miss out on this awesome book. You will not be disappointed, but you do need to read the first book Blowing on Dandelions first. I was given a copy of this book from the author to read for my honest review .

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Love and Secrets in Baker City, Oregon by Sarah on 1/14/14
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“Wishing on Buttercups,” the second installment in Miralee Ferrell’s Love Blossoms in Oregon series, opens in August, 1880, shortly after the action of “Blowing on Dandelions.” Quiet Beth Roberts has finally begun to settle into life at the Jacobs’ boardinghouse with her loving but at times imperious Aunt Wilma, and her dreams of pursuing art as a career seem to be coming to fruition. However, beneath the tranquil surface of her carefully-maintained façade lie ripples of distrust and fear waiting to boil over. Years of stigma and deception have convinced her that if anyone knows her intimately, they will reject her, and she “decided early on that hiding her identity would serve her purposes the best.” She has only vague recollections of her past, and although she has always wanted to discover more, she fears that the truth will prove to be more painful than the burden of not knowing. Any sense of peace that Beth feels is quickly disrupted by inquiries about her past or by the feeling that someone may be trying to move beyond the walls she has built around her heart, and that is especially true where fellow boarder Jeffery Tucker is concerned. She doubts that she will ever be able to cultivate the future that she wishes for as she builds a life for herself in Baker City, Oregon.

This second novel provides a successful transition from its predecessor by exploring the lives of several secondary individuals who were introduced in “Blowing on Dandelions” and expanding the character base while also revisiting former characters. The apparent simplicity of the story belies an undercurrent of complex emotions and situations that demonstrate Ferrell’s uncanny ability to parallel contemporary issues facing women today with those of her characters. Her straightforward, modest writing style immediately draws readers in and speaks to the heart.

Although “Wishing on Buttercups” is mostly a character-driven book, the plot contains ample twists to keep readers engaged and invested. Likewise, the characters themselves are exceptionally relatable. They are three-dimensional, with flaws and strengths, and the overarching theme of learning to love oneself speaks to men and women alike. As Christian historical fiction, the novel emits a soothing message of reassurance and faith while encouraging self-acceptance and compassion. Even readers who do not necessarily espouse Christian beliefs or care for romance or historical fiction will find inspiration and delight within Ferrell’s mellifluous prose. “Wishing on Buttercups” can possibly be a stand-alone novel, but it is best read after “Blowing on Dandelions” and will be followed by “Dreaming on Daisies,” which will complete the trilogy. The “AfterWords” section appended to the novel itself offers an author’s note explaining how the story came to be, as well as questions for individual or group discussion and a sneak peak at chapter one of “Dreaming on Daisies.”

I received an early PDF version of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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