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Love Blossoms in Oregon: Wishing on Buttercups 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. Today’s review is for the second book, Wishing on Buttercups. You can find the review for the first novel, Blowing on Dandelions HERE.

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

Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?

 
She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.
 
Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.
 
Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart.
 
As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?

“It was important that I experience disappointments and work for what I wanted, for it to have meaning. Besides, if life always comes easily, there would be very little passion to pour into one’s work.”

-Jeffrey Tucker, Wishing on Buttercups

Characters: Some of my favorite novels are when characters don’t understand something from their past. That is the case for the heroine of this book, Beth. Something separated her from her family as a young child and with scars from burns and nightmares, she can’t quite understand what it was. But that shadowy part of her past shapes who she is in this story. Jeffrey is a man who wants to make his own way and not be dependent on his family’s wealth and connections. The two of them learn what it means to trust and to be friends.

Storyline: This novel definitely had quite a bit more tension than the previous book. Between the mysteries surrounding Beth’s past, an uppity boarder who comes to visit, and a man who appears to be up to no good, there is a lot that takes place in this novel. Plus, we also visit back with Micah, Katherine,  and Frances as this story takes place right after the first book.

My Thoughts:  I enjoyed this book quite a bit more than the first of this series–and now I’m even more excited to read the next. I found the characters to be slightly more interesting and the story a bit more engaging. It is always interesting when trust plays such an important role between characters. This was a wonderful sequel to the first book and is starting to be a very enjoyable series of books.

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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