Saturday, July 6, 2013

Review: Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

Publisher - David C. Cook
  June 2013 

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.

My thoughts: 
  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, but her Mother is critical of everything she does, and wants to tell Katherine how to do things.
 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.

I have also read "Love Finds you in Bridal Veil, Oregon" by Miralee Ferrell - you can read my review  here.  

More about this Author:  Miralee and her husband Allen have been married almost 40 yrs. They live on 11 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.

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  1. I love historical romances :)

  2. Thanks so much for your wonderful review and for posting the details on my book! I'm so excited about this series, with Wishing on Buttercups releasing Feb 1st, and Dreaming on Daisies next July 1st. I just finished writing book 3 and turn it in tomorrow. This series has made me dig deep into my characters' emotions and what makes them tick. I believe anyone who enjoys women's contemporary fiction and historical romance will find something to like in this series.

    Thanks again!!! You are a blessing!

  3. What a nice review. I really would like to read the book. I have not read any of her book but I should when I get some time. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Melissa This book sounds like my kind of read, but I need to purchase a book then I will read......and its to be a series. Nice review you gave. Andi

  5. Hi Melissa: This one sounds like a must read. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Martha

  6. Looks like a great book--it's now on my 'list'! Thanks.


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