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

Miralee Ferrell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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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.

Editorial Reviews


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: 1999 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blowing On Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell May 28, 2013
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring/Compassionate May 31, 2013
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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15 of 16 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
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We all need to read this one... July 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is honest about the shadows in life and yet shot through with sweet sunshine.
It is as wholesome as a cool wind blowing over a green hill,
and as lovely as the golden dandelions growing there.

Miralee Ferrell has told a story of family dysfunction and family ties,
where we ache for the characters who are injured by other's words and choices,
and we understand a little of what each of them is feeling.
None of them are wholly, intentionally evil and unkind, but each of them needs to grow
and change and learn to relate better to the others.

In short, they are all pilgrims on the Christian journey, and their companions as they walk in faith are their relatives: some of the hardest and the loveliest people to be with.

In this story we meet Katherine Galloway, a widowed woman who has a heart full of love to give who tries desperately to be a kinder, gentler mother to her own girls than she experienced growing up.

We meet her mother, and in Frances I saw seeds of character that aren't wholly evil, but she let them grow unrestrained and they wounded the souls around her. Her sharp eye for imperfections, very plain speech about what could be changed in someone else's life, her constant measuring and sifting of the people around her, the habit of being easily offended and not easily apologizing for her own offenses... all these bitter weeds need to be cut out of the field of our character before they take root, or we will have a much harder time nurturing and then reaping any good relationships!

We meet Katherine's two girls: Lucy and Mandy. Winsome little ladies both of them, and the eldest is growing out of childhood and becoming a young woman.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
I very much enjoyed this book. It was a love story of sorts, but with different settings that were certainly not your run of the mill. Read more
Published 49 minutes ago by Cat Bellu
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs Sequel
This is a very good story. I only hope there is a sequel so we can find out what happens with Beth.
Published 1 month ago by Dulcifiddler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I very much enjoyed this book and will recommend it to others. The author gives the reader a wonderful ride.
Published 1 month ago by Cindy Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Moving
I just found this book difficult to finish because it was dragging. I finally just skipped to the end, but even that was a disappointment.
Published 1 month ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars relaxing read
If you're looking for a relaxing read, this is it. Ferrell has created relatable characters with realistic relational difficulties, especially between mother and daughter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Asheritah
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming love story
Unlike most love stories today where the lead characters hate each other then suddenly are in love. Blowing on Dandelions is a charmingly written believable tale of second... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking a little deeper...
I really appreciate the "realness" of the characters created by Miralee Ferrell as they work their way through every day life facing heartache and loss, hope and despair,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheryl Chism
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Usual Romance Story.
It is very rare anymore to read a clean, sweet romance story. It is about 400 pages, but my one problem is it isn't worth almost $10. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance & Family Relationships
I enjoyed this first book I've read by Miralee Ferrell. She explores a challenging relationship between a mother and daughter in the 1800's West. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miralee Ferrell's book is a 'feel good' read without being too sweet!
I enjoy reading well written and intensively research Christian historic fiction - my very favorite genre for my pleasure reading. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie M. McKee
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More About the Author

I love life, love my family, love writing and reading and riding, LOL~ did you catch that? Riding my horse, that is, and sailing with my husband, reading other awesome books by Christian authors 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 and an Arabian mare. 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 six books out & a 7th releasing June, 2013, the first in a three-book series. I write both women's contemporary fiction and historical romance. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction.

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