Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

Miralee has written a delightful novel set in the 1800's in Oregon. It is the first of three books in the series, Love Blossoms in Oregon.

In the opener for the series we meet a young widow, Katherine Galloway, who runs a boarding house in Baker City. She and her husband started the venture before his untimely death. She is fairly happy with her work and her two daughters, until she learns that her elderly mother plans to come and make her home with her. Katherine and her mother never got along well. Biting remarks and corrections rule when Katherine's mother talks to her, and contention rules when they are together. So we see the set-up for conflict and the age-old problems of mothers and daughters, even though Katherine respects her mother and does not talk back to her, even at this age when she is the one in charge.

Katherine's thirteen-year-old daughter Lucy has a friend from school, a fifteen-year-old boy named Zachary. His father, Micah, is the new smithy in town, and he happens to be very handsome. When the two meet, we see the beginning of a possible romance. Micah has recently lost his wife, though, and has no plans to court another woman. When Katherine's mother arrives, she plans to make sure Katherine has no time for another man.

We meet various people who live in the boarding house, learn about their personalities, and see how they live on a day-to-day basis in the boarding house. Of course we meet other people in the town, like the preacher, the store owner, and the women in Katherine's quilting group. When Micah's shop and apartment burn to the ground, Katherine offers him and his son rooms in the boarding house, so they are thrown together a lot, muddying the mix and bringing in some romance.

As problems come to the forefront, and we discover they are like our problems today. The conflict is exciting, the plot is great, and you will enjoy reading this book.

If you have not commented on the interview with Miralee from Monday, please do so to get your name in the drawing for this book. (Go back to Monday's blog, or comment on here.)

Other books in this series will be Wishing on Buttercups and Dreaming on Daisies as we meet other people in Oregon and read delightful stories.

1 comment:

  1. I've read this book, it's great. Well worth your time. :)