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Blowing on Dandelions: A Novel (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Miralee Ferrell
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Book Description

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

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    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
    (Susan Page Davis 2012-08-20)

    “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
    (Julie Lessman 2012-08-20)

    “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
    (Walt Larimore 2012-09-25)

    “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
    (Kathi Macias 2012-08-27)

    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
    (Roxanne Rustand 2012-08-23)

    "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
    (Lyn Cote 2012-10-24)

    About 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.


    Product Details

    • File Size: 1998 KB
    • Print Length: 402 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0781408083
    • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00BLVGPRY
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Blowing On Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell May 28, 2013
    Format:Paperback
    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.
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring/Compassionate May 31, 2013
    Format:Paperback
    Katherine Galloway is a widow with two small daughters who struggles to provide for them by running a boardinghouse. Katherine found it difficult to find balance between being a widow, a business woman in a man's world in the 1880's and being a single mom. She didn't think things could get worse until her sister passed away and her mother came to live with her. As a child Katherine felt she never measured up to her mother's standards and was never given love. Her mother thought her daughter hated her, but couldn't understand what would cause her daughter feel that way. Through their journey, will they find resolution to their problems? Will she find love again? Will she continue to depend on God to show her how she should handle the situation with her mother? These are all questions that will be answered in the amazing journey as you turn the pages of this book.

    I felt Ms. Ferrell did a fabulous job of making the characters real. I fell in love with Katherine's character from the first page. If you have ever felt like you were not good enough in your parent's eyes, I think you will be surprised to see the situation from both points of view. I enjoyed how well she brought in using God as a source of strength and support without being overpowering.

    I would definitely recommend this book. It is filled with insecurity, loneliness, love, finding common ground in a difficult situation and compassion.

    Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, David C. Cook, through blogger review program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed This Trip to Eastern Oregon in 1880 May 29, 2013
    By Cheryl
    Format:Paperback
    I never considered myself to be a historical romance reader, but the more I read them, the more attracted I am to the genre. Miralee Ferrell's Blowing on Dandelions drew me into the story immediately. I loved the main character, Katherine, and appreciated her sadness and struggles.

    I loved all the points of view in this story--especially the kids'. Other than in kids' books I'd never seen it. How delightful to know Lucy's and Zachary's thoughts and feelings when it came to her mom and his dad.

    The other thing I most appreciated in this story was how one rather unlikable person came through to do some wonderful, helpful things. I would definitely recommend this book--especially to anyone who would love a little trip to 1880 Eastern Oregon!
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Touching story about mothers and daughters June 5, 2013
    By S. A.
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Although this is listed as a "historical romance", it is so much more. At its core, it is a tale about our very basic relationships - mother and daughter, father and son, spousal. It delves into the choices we make as parents and how that impacts our children. Blowing on Dandelions looks at the things we say to our children and how that impacts and shapes our children on into adulthood. It gives glimpses into the whys of some of the negative people you encounter, but it never gives the indication that they aren't capable of making better choices.

    The storyline stays active and keeps you involved. Mrs. Ferrell pulls you into the lives of Katherine and her mother and children where you hurt for Katherine but also for those around her. You want those relationships to solidify and grow and mature. I didn't want it to end, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Grief and Feeling Unloved both need healing
    A story I could so rate to how Katherine's Mom treated her. Only I never heard my Mom say "I love you." Katherine respected her Mom and found it hard to stand up to her. Read more
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    The grace that is shown by the main character is amazing. Each character lends something to the story. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story of healing, love and forgiveness.
    I loved this book and I would encourage you to read it. It's very well written and keeps your interest.
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    I loved this! In-depth characters with your not so typical antagonist in this historical novel and one that is easily identifiable by many readers. Read more
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    More About the Author

    I love life, love my family, love writing Christian fiction--reading, riding my horse and puttering in my garden are all ways I relax. I often have my little 6 lb Chihuahua, Lacey, on my lap when I'm working--there's nothing like a warm ball of love on your lap to act as a stress reliever!

    First and foremost I'm a child of God and daughter of the King. I've been involved in women's ministries for years, and serve on staff at our small church. I'm married to a wonderful man, have two grown children, two cats, two dogs, 10 chickens and ride my son-in-law's Arabian mare since my old mare passed in 2013. We live about 9 miles from the nearest town on 11 acres, in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees.

    I started writing shortly after I turned 50, and discovered I loved it so much I don't want to stop. I have 11 books out & four more releasing in 2015, a four book set of horse novels for middle-grade girls. I write both women's contemporary fiction, historical romance and horse novels for girls. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and Blowing on Dandelions, book one in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series, made the ECPA best seller list in 2013.

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