Love Blossoms in Oregon: Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

It is always wonderful when I have the opportunity to review a book in a series I’ve been meaning to read–especially when it is the final book. Such was the case with the Love Blossoms in Oregon Series by Miralee Ferrell.

I had picked up books one and two at some point when they were either offered for free or on a big discount, and the novella for free earlier this month. They’ve been on my list for quite some time. The titles and beautiful covers drew this reader in.

This week, will be all on this series, starting with the first book, Blowing on Dandelions, today. So be sure to keep stopping by if you are interested on my thoughts on the rest of this collection.

**This is a novel from my personal collection. I am not being compensated for this review**

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.

“Even when things look bleak, God’s light can illumine the darkest corner.”

-Pastor Seth, Blowing on Dandelions

Characters: The characters and their relationships with one another are what really drive this story–especially between Katherine and her mother and then Katherine and her daughters. I enjoyed getting to know them, there were times when I could relate and others not so much, but it was interesting to glimpse into the life of a woman who had a not-as-great relationship with her mother.

Storyline: Since this story seemed to be so devoted to the characters I didn’t feel as much that there was as strong of a story running through the book. There is the aspect of the relationship between mother and daughter changing over time–reaching highs and lows, but that tension that really pushed the story forward was not there all the time.

My Thoughts:  Despite a lack of overall tension, I did enjoy this book. There were a few moments that I was curious to see what would happen next, especially when the romance thread started to pick up a bit more halfway through. There were also some scenes that had a bit more drama to them that helped to break up the focus on relationships. I liked the book quite a bit and am anxious to see where the next story goes.

About the Author:
Miralee and her husband Allen have been married over 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. Miralee also rides her horse on the wooded trails near their home with her grown daughter who lives nearby. She’s an avid reader and has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books, which inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West. When she started writing fiction Miralee believed that she’d always stay with women’s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance. Her first two books were women’s contemporary with Kregel Publications, The Other Daughter, and Finding Jeena.


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