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Posted November 28, 2013
Posted July 23, 2013
Tattered relationships and broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together by God’s love.
Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson is a sweet, romantic story of two hearts grieving from loss and what it means to find love and hope again. A well written and touching story filled with true-to-life characters and fascinating historical details. Dandelions on the Wind is a heartwarming story of second chances in the turbulent days immediately after the Civil War
Ms. Hodgson did a great job of creating an enjoyable story in this short novella. I liked the characters and overall setting of the book set during the Civil War and looking forward to reading the other Novellas in the series.
Overall this little novella was an inspiring book, with lessons on grace and forgiveness throughout the book. Short and sweet, a well-paced story, bringing us to a lovely conclusion, a great book to read away the afternoon on the patio.
I received a free copy of this eBook from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing through their Blogging for Books program for my review.
Posted July 17, 2013
From the author of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series (which I LOVE!) comes a new series of novellas
called The Quilted Heart. The first book in the series is Dandelions on the Wind--my latest selection I was fortunate to be able to review.
I picked Dandelions on the Wind because I am familiar with Mona Hodgson's work from her previous series (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple
Creek) which I love (I'm eager to read book #3 and #4!!!). I hoped that this book would have the same level of appeal.
I was captured in the first few sentences:
"Nevermind that four months had passed since General Lee's surrender. Maren never walked the apple orchard or the wheat field without careful
watch for bushwackers and jayhawkers."
This book is set in St. Charles, Missouri in 1865 shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War. The plot follows Maren Jensen a young woman from Denmark
who came to America to wed--only to find herself rejected because of her failing vision. She has since found a home with a widow and her grand-daughter as the little girl's nanny.
The widow's daughter had died in childbirth and her son-in-law ran away to war overwhelmed by his grief. The story begins four years later. One day, without warning, the son-in-law
named Rutherford Wainwright aka. Woolly returns home from the war (after not having communicated at all since he left) in hopes of a second-chance with his daughter and to help on the family farm.
What follows is a sweet story of forgiveness, grace and second-chances at love.
It's an easy read with beautiful vivid vocabulary. I think it enhances the plot since the lead character is facing a life of utter blindness. So the vivid descriptions reminded me of what a seeing person would
use to describe the world around them to someone blind. Like in the book series Little House on the Prairie when Mary goes blind and Laura describes everything to her.
Because it is a novella, Dandelions on the Wind is just about 100 pages long, so there isn't time to have a deep plot or a lot of characters--however, the author allowed enough character development in the
handful we meet, for the reader to understand them.
It really is just a very sweet story--perfect for someone wanting a good wholesome short story to enjoy. I wish it had been longer, but now I will just have to seek out the next two books in the series
Bending Toward the Sun and Ripples Along the Shore in hope of seeing the characters again.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Water Brook Press as part of their book review bloggers program through Blogging for Books.
All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
Posted June 21, 2013
Dandelions on the Wind is the first novella in Mona Hodgson’s series: Quilted Hearts. Normally I am not a big fan of novellas. I enjoy novels more because I feel like there can be so much more character development and depth to a story. That being said, while this book was not one of my all-time favorites, I was still able to enjoy the sweet story that was told.
The Civil War has just ended and Maren Jensen is working at Mrs. Brantenberg’s farm, helping with the farm chores and taking care of her granddaughter, Gabi. When Gabi’s father returns, after not having heard from him in several years, Maren realizes that now is the time to go back to Denmark. Having come to America as a mail-order bride, her groom decided he didn’t want her and while she has grown to love Mrs. Brantenberg and Gabi, she doesn’t want to impose forever.
However, Woolly, Gabi’s father, has come to enjoy the presence of Maren and he doesn’t want to see her return to Denmark.
Ms. Hodgson did a great job of creating an enjoyable story in this short novella. I liked the characters and overall setting of the book as well. I really like any story set during the civil war time period, whether pre-civil war, during the civil war, or post-civil war. I look forward to reading the other books in the Quilted Hearts series as well.
I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah through the program Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated are my own.
Posted June 13, 2013
The Book was OK.
This story is told from an alternating perspective between Maren and Woolly. The setting is mostly on Mrs. Brantenberg’s
farm with some scenes in a nearby town. The plot was focused on Maren and Woolly’s love story, and how Woolly’s family
starts to rebuild an relationship with him. I really enjoyed the time period that the book was set in and felt that the author did
a good job bringing the it into the book, and not letting it overcome the plot. I mostly enjoyed this book. I didn't feel very
connected with any of the characters, so I didn't get very emotional with this book as I do with others. I think that the plot was
good, and the story line was nice, but this book is not one of my favorites. It was a little too short and the ending was rushed.
I liked the characters and felt that they had potential, but they needed to be more believable so that the readers could connect
with them. I also think that many ideas were introduced in the story, but never fully carried out. At the end I felt like the author left
many things with a cliff hanger. I was actually surprised when the book was finished because I was expecting more. After
finishing the book, not all of my questions were answered and I didn't feel satisfied with the ending. Besides these little tweaks
that caught my attention, the book was enjoyable and a good way to spend time. I probably wouldn’t buy it in a store for my
library at home, but I wouldn't mind reading it again or checking the book out at a local library.
Posted June 9, 2013
booksbysteph says "Short and Sweet"
Short and sweet. The book and the story. Who says you cannot pack a lot of information into limited pages?!
I cannot even begin to imagine what those families went through during the Civil War. Soldiers ransacking their houses. Dead, injured or missing husbands, sons and brothers.
"Fear is not of the Lord. We cannot live in fear. We must trust God." And in God is love. It can hit you when you least expect it and flip your world upside down. I hope the rest of the books in this series are as sweet as this book.
Until next time, live life one page at a time!
Posted May 29, 2013
After reading Two Brides Too Many back in 2010, I knew I wanted to read another book by Mona Hodgson. The publisher kindly provided me with a copy of this ebook for review purpose, so I sat down and hoped to be entertained as much as I was by the story about the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, but…I was disappointed.
Although the characters in this novella are lovely, they lacked depth and I felt that the line of thought of the characters was repeating—which made it a bit annoying and predictable to read.
It is a quick read and nice enough, but for me not appealing enough to make me want to read the other books in this series.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.
Posted April 28, 2013
Well-written. Good story. Believable characters. Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson had all these things, and I yearned for more. I don't mean it didn't have a satisfying ending. It did. I enjoyed Ms. Hodgson's writing and Maren and Wooly's story grabbed me from page one and I wanted to read more.
***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above opinion is my own.***
Posted April 24, 2013
DANDELIONS ON THE WIND by Mona Hodgson is an exciting inspirational historical romance. #1 in "The Quilted Heart",the first in a three serial novella set in 1865 post Civil War,Missouri. A quick read filled with emotion,faith and hope. A post Civil war novella during a time of hopelessness and loss where love can blossom still on a small farm in St.Charles,Missouri. Maren is going blind,and wish's to go back to her native Denmark. Wooly has finally come home from the war looking for forgiveness and healing what he finds is love,faith,and hope. A great read,very emotional and compelling. With realistic characters and an interesting plot. Ms. Hodgson writes from the heart and it shows in her wonderful,powerful stories. Received for an honest review from Waterbrook Press.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted March 26, 2013
Maren is helping a widow raise her granddaughter after a war. But soon something unexpected happens. Wooly come back and wants to raise his daughter. His grandmother has a hard time welcoming her son in law back from the war.
Did the war break a family or did the loss to almost everything also destroy the family. Wooly come back he want to see his daughter and help around the farm. He has his regrets as well as Maren. Can both get over past hurts or will their be no second chance at love.
Posted March 19, 2013
A beautiful story and a gentle reminder that God's Grace is a gift from Him and one that we can extend to others. I am a huge fan of Mona and the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek and I was delighted by this book as well. Looking forward to more.........................................Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2013
Wonderful story of hope, loves lost and wonderful new beginnings This story is post Civil War and is a story of a women who is strong and very likable. I enjoy Mona Hodgsons books. Her previous series The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, are wonderful books. This novella is no different. It is a story that is sweet and she has a way of telling a story that sucks you in and will not let you out till the end of the book. I think that anyone who like historical fiction with a christian influence with just a splash of romance will love this book. It is well written and you want to know more about the characters and she gives you just enough to know them but still leaves some to your imagination. Don't write this book off if you are not sure about the christian influence. It is not overly preachy and I love that it is more of being morally right than preachy. She is able to intertwine it so well that you come out of the book feeling refreshed. I am looking forward to the next two novellas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2013
The only thing i didnt like about it was thatt ended so suddenly. I wish the book would have lasted long enough for us to meet her family. Other than that loved the book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.