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Blowing on Dandelions: A Novel

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    Blowing on Dandelions, set in Baker City, Oregon in 1880, is the

    Blowing on Dandelions, set in Baker City, Oregon in 1880, is the first book in Miralee Ferrell's Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Like other books I've read of Miralee's, this story deals with life/family issues - namely, long-running conflict between a mother and daughter. Both narrative and plot are strong, and we are introduced to some very interesting characters.

    Katherine is a character I sympathized with and admired from the beginning - a daughter who felt unwanted, unable to measure up to her domineering mother's expectations. "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." The quiet, rugged strength of Micah Jacobs is exactly what Katherine needs, and while the mother/daughter conflict takes center stage, their romance is sweet and enjoyable.

    Miralee very effectively uses the vehicle of a boardinghouse to place an unusual assortment of characters in close vicinity, and even more conflict is introduced with the arrival of guest Wilma Roberts, who I grew to love. Wilma is an imposing and proud woman, yet she senses that Katherine's mother is lonely and determines to become her friend. And then there's the mysterious Jeffery Tucker, who I suspect we will see much more of.

    Katherine's mother, Frances, is an extremely abrasive character who made me even more thankful than I already am for the wonderful mother I was blessed with. Anyone who has experienced family conflict can relate to this story and be inspired by the hope that it offers. I like the slow, but steady spiritual growth that several characters experience.

    One of the best things about a series is getting to continue on with certain characters, and I look forward to what Miralee has in store for us in Wishing on Buttercups, which releases on February 1, 2014. Recommended to those who enjoy historical romance and relationship drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Relationships

    Turn of century mother/daughter relationship set in central Oregon.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    This is the story of a young widow, her family, and the resident

    This is the story of a young widow, her family, and the residents of her boarding house in a mining town in Oregon in the 1880s. We see her trying her best to live her faith as she sees to everyone else’s needs. I loved the quilting group as her place of comfort and spiritual nourishment-an oasis in the midst of the worries and concerns she has in her everyday life. The other characters are carefully drawn and wonderfully unique. Each has a secret or two hidden beneath the public façade. As the storyline unfolds, these characters reveal more of themselves, and we find the odd assortment of personalities and backgrounds combine to demonstrate God’s working in minds, hearts, and relationships. This is a heartwarming, feel-good book with a strong Christian message.
    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    I enjoyed the story. I will look for more books by this author.

    I enjoyed the story. I will look for more books by this author. Each and every time the main female character interacted with her Mom
    I paused to thank God for the beautiful relationship I had with my Mom. Who now lives in Heaven.
    I also said a prayer for the ones who have (or had) a Mother like the one in this story. I found myself agreeing
    with oldest granddaughter....vrnb (not a relative/not given anything for my review.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Romance

    Ejoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Blowing on Dandelions is a gentle love story between a man (Mica

    Blowing on Dandelions is a gentle love story between a man (Micah Jacobs) whose faith is shattered at the losses (wife, business) life has thrown at him and a woman (Katherine Galloway) who withers under her mother’s critical tongue. 
    The romance is authentic, sweet, and well-paced, but the heart of the story is the relationship between Katherine and her mother. There are no easy answers to “why?” and no instant changes, but the promise of love and communication that will allow them to grow together.
    For anyone who has ever felt she must be perfect to satisfy her mother—for everyone who has questioned God during trials—Blowing on Dandelions is for you.

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