Blowing on Dandelions: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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, domineering mother moves in. Katherine must make the situation work, but ...
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Overview


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, domineering 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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/01/2013
Ferrell (The Other Daughter) examines the many facets of love and relationships in this sweetly moving historical romance, the first in her Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Katherine Galloway, a widowed single mother of two girls, must make her way as the proprietor of a bed and breakfast in Baker City, a small Oregon mining town. Her quiet life is disrupted by the arrival of her cantankerous mother, with whom she has a contentious relationship, as well as a myriad of boarding house guests—including an attractive new arrival to the town and his teenage son. Katherine’s interactions—with her mother, her daughter, the church quilting club, and the new man in town—are explored in a wonderfully realistic fashion. But while the lovingly detailed cast clearly lives their faith, the narrative offers too much oversimplified religion. A series of contrived events move toward a rushed yet ultimately emotionally satisfying end. Agent: Tamela Hancock Murray, the Steve Laube Agency. (June 1)
Susan Page Davis

Blowing on Dandelions is a fun read with a beautiful setting in 1880s Baker City, Oregon. Ferrell has created characters you’ll root for, and the attitudes feel appropriate for the time in this tender romance. The relationships of mothers and daughters in this story speak deeply of the need for acceptance, love, and respect from one’s parents.” 

Susan Page Davis, award-winning author of the Prairie Dreams and Texas Trails series

Julie Lessman

“As soft and gentle as the wisps of snowy seeds for which it is named, Blowing on Dandelions is an achingly tender love story that will lift your spirits—and your heart—high on a gentle breeze over the Oregon prairie.” 

Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series

Walt Larimore

“Miralee Ferrell’s Blowing on Dandelions is a deeply inspiring story about family conflict and the transforming power of rekindled love. A richly written story chock full of nuggets of divine wisdom this book was, for me, a genuinely satisfying read.” 

Walt Larimore, best-selling author of Hazel Creek and Sugar Fork

Kathi Macias

“Miralee Ferrell’s writing style is always a delight, even as her stories are captivating. Blowing on Dandelions is no exception. From the opening scene the reader is drawn into Katherine Galloway’s life, and we care about her from that moment on. This is more than a heart-tugging romance—though it is that—but it is also a mind-challenging read that will leave us in a different place than when we began.” 

Kathi Macias, multi-award-winning author of 40 books, including the Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and Carol Award finalist, Red Ink

Roxanne Rustand

Blowing on Dandelions is an amazing, deeply emotional story. Each of the characters is so sympathetic and well drawn that it was impossible to put the book down. Ferrell is a wonderful writer who handles the pain of physical and emotional trauma beautifully. Her characters are appealing, with a touching and believable faith journey, and the romance is lovely. My only regret was reaching the final page! Miralee Ferrell’s future books will be an automatic purchase from now on!” 

Roxanne Rustand, author of Duty to Protect

Lyn Cote

"An interesting combination of the classic Western and prairie romances. No cowboys but a hero who loves his son and a heroine who loves her daughters. Mix in a boardinghouse, a mysterious boarder, and two matriarchs, marking their territory. Katharine Galloway is a heroine to root for! And Miralee Ferrell is an author to watch!"

Lyn Cote, author of La Belle Christiane

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434706034
  • Publisher: Cook, David C.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Series: Love Blossoms in Oregon Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 9,823
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
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  • Posted May 28, 2013

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    Blowing On Dandelions spoke to me from the very first page. Here

    Blowing On Dandelions spoke to me from the very first page. Here is a small excerpt from page one and then I will explain why.

    "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."

    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?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the great

    And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    I've always enjoyed author Miralee Ferrell's novels, but with BL

    I've always enjoyed author Miralee Ferrell's novels, but with BLOWING ON DANDELIONS, and her blend of romance to history, I think she has written her best novel yet! And the story is so sweet it can't help but touch your heart.
    We all wish dreams carried on dandelion seeds could come true, and Katherine Galloway is no exception. But with a boarding house to run and her hard to please mother coming to live with her, there's no chance for dreaming for this widowed mother of two young daughters.
    BLOWING ON DANDELIONS, a compassionate story of love and forgiveness, of faith and redemption, of family and community, is one you won't want to put down.   
    Ms. Ferrell brings to life characters you will fall in love with, characters that will charm you and characters you won't want to say goodbye to. I'm looking forward to more inspirational historical romance by this author! 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    I have read all of Miralee's Historical books & just finishe

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    Dandelion Wishes  While Katherine is doing her best in raising h

    Dandelion Wishes 
    While Katherine is doing her best in raising her two girls in a Boardinghouse alone, she also struggles with her relationship with her Mother.  
    She respects her Mother and really wants to get along with her.
     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"...
    but she is a Widow and moving forward in a new romantic relationship takes some time to get used to.
     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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Good book.

    I enjoyed this story very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Very enjoyable read

    Really loved this one! Nice character development, clean romance. Kept my interest from page one. CherishD

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Blowing on Dandelions delves into the most personal of relations

    Blowing on Dandelions delves into the most personal of relationships. It brings the relationships of mother/daughter, father/son, husband/wife, pastor/congregation, families and townspeople/individuals. Set during the 1800's, these relationships were very prominent back then. Often these relationships were the difference between life and death back then.

    Katherine Galloway was widowed three years ago. She has chosen to stay and try to balance her life of being a widow, a business woman before they were accepted, and a mother. Enter her own overbearing mother with whom she has had a tumultuous relationship all of her life. Next comes Micah Jacobs. He is a newly widowed. He is struggling to find his footing with God, his son, and his new business venture. Add to the mix the other townspeople and other boardinghouse boarders and you have the mix for not only a true to life book but a often comical look at life during the 1800s.

    Miralee Ferrell writes her book so that her characters actually come to life from the page. I was so able as a reader to relate to the characters. I had a horrible relationship but instead of my mother it was with my father. I too strove to get his approval or his praise all of my life. Katherine does the same with her mother. Like Katherine I was raised to respect my elders. I did not speak back against him no matter how much his words hurt. It can be a very paralyzing feeling. Looking back, I am not sure though if my was out of respect for him or fear of him. But Miralee captured the feeling of Katherine's pain and her ability to shut down her feelings so that the words maybe didn't hit as hard very well.

    I read the preview to the next book at that back of this one. I cannot wait to visit this Oregon town again and find out how the characters will come to life in the next book. I want to thank those for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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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 December 27, 2013

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    I love historical romance stories and this one is really good. 

    I love historical romance stories and this one is really good. 
    Miralee did an excellent job in her writing and blending in her characters . This story to me is learning to trust God and forgiveness. While I was reading "Blowing On Dandelions" I would be laughing one minute and the next I would be crying. One time I was waiting at the hair dresser to get my hair cut and was reading, and all at once tears was rolling down my cheeks. I looked up and around to see if anyone had seen me cry. "Blowing On Dandelions" takes you back to the eighteen hundreds in Eastern Oregon. Katherine Galloway's husband died a few years back and she is trying to run a boarding house and raise her two daughters. There is also Katherine's mama, Frances . her other daughter died and she has come to live with Katherine and her two grand daughters..Now Katherine and her mama has never gotten alone. Frances talks anyway to her daughter and nothing Katherine does is good enough for her. She has never stood up to her mama, she feels she should respect her elders. This makes Katherine's oldest daughter Lucy mad. She can't understand why she lets her do it. Micah Jacobs and his son Zachary moves into the boarding house after his livery burns down to the ground.. Micah is hurt and has no other choice , but he is not one to take charity. Micah still blames God for his wife's death and it has been eighteen months ,and he is still having a hard time getting over her. To Micah this is just another thing he blames God for. He has not been happy and has not thought about another woman till he takes a look at Katherine. Should he be having these thoughts , but he can't get her out of his mind. Katherine takes in some other boarders who also has a hard time getting alone with Katherine's mama. Frances does not want Micah and Zachary to sty at the boarding house .There is a Pastor in this story and he wants to talk and help out Micah and his son ,but he again does not want charity and he has no way to pay anyone till he gets back on his feet and rebuilds his livery.. What happens between Katherine and her mama? Will they ever have a mother and daughter relationship ? Then there is Katherine and Micah could could they ever let go of the pass to love one another? There is a lot of not trusting God in this story. I could talk on , but I highly recommend you reading "Blowing On Dandelions" then get book two "Wishing On Buttercups" which comes out February 2014. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Miralee did such an excellent job with this book, I can't even b

    Miralee did such an excellent job with this book, I can't even begin to explain.

    This book has relationships at its finest. Mother/daughter relationships can be like a minefield. Us woman are so complicated and when you have mothers and daughters, both wanting the end result from each, it can be a difficult course to navigate.

    The setting is the 1800's, we have a widow and her 2 daughters running a boardinghouse. Katherine ends up with a house full, full of characters you will come to love! Mr Tucker has a story behind him and I can't wait to find out more!

    But for this book, we focus on Katherine and Micah. Micah's house burns down and him and his son Zachary end up staying at the boardinghouse, reliant on the charity of Katherine. Katherine's mom is not happy about this. She has a sharp tongue and doesn't hold anything back. Mother and daughter relationship has been strained forever with this poison. Can it ever be mended? Miralee's message of what God can do rings throughout this wonderful heart warming story!

    Can't wait for the next part!

    I received a copy from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Loved it

    The plot, character developmemt, amd excellent writing made me love this book. I liked the progression of the plot and the little side stories along the way. I definitely reccomend it and can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    Katherine Galloway has endured sorrow and hardship since the dea

    Katherine Galloway has endured sorrow and hardship since the death of her husband three years earlier. In spite of this, she now successfully manages a boarding house outside of town. Life isn’t easy managing a boarding house and being a single mother to two girls. Her life gets even harder when her bossy and controlling mother decides to move-in unexpectedly.

    Micah Jacobs lost his wife years before as well and moved his son to Oregon to escape the memories. However, while Katherine grew closer to God through her tragedy, Micah turned his back on God when his wife died. Will Katherine be able to keep control of her life and open Micah’s heart towards God? Or will it end in heartache for all?

    Miralee Ferrell has written a heartwarming story filled with both love and victory over struggle. Katherine Galloway is an inspirational character, a wonderful representation of a strong Christian woman. Ferrell has written a character that exemplifies walking the line between honoring parents and living one’s own life. Micah’s struggle with God represents the struggle of so many Christians that have lost loved ones prematurely. This novel is full of profound insights on pain and suffering and how to get through it. The novel also shows the struggles of dealing with teenagers and how beneficial it can be to treat teenagers with love and understanding. This is a wonderfully written love story, with an amazing message behind it. This book was received from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.

    Rating: 3

    Heat Rating: None

    Reviewed by: AprilP

    Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Blowing on Dandelions, Book one of Love Blossoms on Oregon by Mi

    Blowing on Dandelions, Book one of Love Blossoms on Oregon by Miralee FerrellThis is the first book I have read by this author. However it will not be my last. The next book in this series is already on my to read list! This historical fiction, one of my favorite genre, captured my attention from the beginning. The author's ability to describe the settings and illustrate the characters make you feel a part of the story. I felt able to understand the difficulties of the strained mother- daughter relationship after having problems with one myself. The boardinghouse patrons definitely added spice and mystery to the book. I look forward to learning more about them in further series. I received the book from Bookfun and David Cook Publishing for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    Blowing on Dandelions was such a great book. I am not a huge fan

    Blowing on Dandelions was such a great book. I am not a huge fan of historical fiction, at least I didn’t think I was until I read this book. The characters are not only believable, but they experience everyday issues just as the rest of us do. I think one of the best themes behind the book, is the way Katherine (the main character), handles her very difficult mother. She manages to show what the bible says in honoring thy mother. A fantastic example of ordinary life working to live out the gospel. I would recommend this book to anyone, including my teenage daughter. It was a delightful story that captured not only my attention but my heart as well. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    Blowing on Dandelions, Book one of Love Blossoms on Oregon by Mi

    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.

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    This is a great historical romance! The character development i

    This is a great historical romance!

    The character development is absolutely wonderful. Miralee has not only done a complete in-depth build up of a couple of main characters. She paid attention to detail in a fairly large number of additional people in the story. The way she fleshed out the relationships and how each person’s attitudes affected the others was incredible. Many of the people are aware of God’s presence and it comes out in their conversations. This story helps to encourage us to remember to take time with God for help in our relationships.

    I received a free copy of this book for The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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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 July 21, 2013

    Read this book!

    I learned about Blowing on Dandelions from an online reading club, Dear Reader moderated by Suzanne Beecher. After reading 5 minutes daily for 5 days I was hooked on the book and purchased an e version. The story is set in Baker City OR in the 1880s. There is romance, tragedy, human success and trials, mother-daughter conflicts and introspection cemented together by Christian values. This is the first book in a series written by Miralee Farrell. I can hardly wait for the second book to become available. I plan to read the series and also previous books written by Miralee Farrell.

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