Over the last several months, I’ve heard quite a lot about Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell. Normally, I’m not one to jump on the latest popular fiction bandwagon, yet the description intrigued me. So, I picked it up and began to discover what everyone was talking about.
She had learned years ago to put her prickles to the forefront to keep from being disappointed. At least she knew what to expect that way and didn’t chance opening her heart only to have it stepped on.
Book Description from Amazon
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.
What I Thought
Mrs. Ferrell has combined quite a group of characters, and I loved getting to see the story from so many of their points of view. At times I wanted to shake one or another as they totally misread the thoughts, words, or actions of another person, but I realized that each one was acting within character. I am guilty of doing the same thing–assuming I understand the behavior of another without ever taking the time to just ask.
The variety of characters added great contrast without taking away any believability. In fact, the variety complimented the storyline very well, adding value, interest, and a bit of humor to the mix.
I also appreciated how much description the author gave throughout the story. Enough to give me something to picture, yet little enough to let my imagination take over. I know some love to have tons of background and description, but I don’t and this novel was a good match for me.
The story was interesting and the tension continued to build to the end. It started out as a nice, relaxing read, but halfway through it became difficult to put down.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to getting the second book in the series. If you enjoy historical romance or want to see how God can work to rebuild faith and restore families, you should give this book a try.
About the Author
Miralee Ferrell and her husband, Allen, live on eleven acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. She is also able to combine two other passions—horseback riding and spending time with her grown children—since her married daughter lives nearby, and they often ride together on the wooded trails near their home.
Ironically, Miralee, now the author of eight books, with many more on the way, never had a burning desire to write—at least more than her own memoirs for her children. So she was shocked when God called her to start writing after she turned fifty. To Miralee, writing is a ministry that she hopes will impact hearts, and she anticipates how God will use each of her books to bless and change lives.
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DISCLOSURE: I purchased this book on my own and was not asked by the author or publisher for a review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”