Thursday, June 6, 2013

Blowing on Dandelions-Miralee Ferrell

Blowing on Dandelions

Miralee Ferrell

David C. Cook, Jun 1 2013, $14.95

ISBN: 9780781408080

In 1880 Baker City, Oregon Widow Katherine Galloway raises her two young daughters (five years old Amanda and almost thirteen years old Lucy) as a single mom and runs a boardinghouse. Her life is hard but she knows it will soon turn ugly as her martinet opinionated mom is coming. She hopes for a short visit though she fears her mom is moving in with them as her companion Katherine’s unmarried older sister June died two weeks ago.

To Katherine’s chagrin, Lucy spends time with almost fifteen year old Zachary Jacobs. As her unbearable mom Mrs. Cooper arrives criticizing her daughter and grandchildren as unworthy of June, Katherine struggles to honor thy mother. When she and Zachary’s widower dad Micah meet, they are attracted to each other. Neither wants a spouse, as he riles against God over taking his wife away and she has too much on her family plate; yet each finds a companion to tell their woes to.

This is an entertaining inspirational historical romance due to a strong cast to include the two families and the townsfolk as it takes parents with a strong community support to raise a child. Mrs. Cooper steals the show with her vitriolic personality that would challenge Job’s beliefs. Although the ending is too sweet, readers will relish Blowing on Dandelions as Katherine must find balance between adhering to the Ten Commandments and protecting her young ones from her nasty mother’s tongue lashing.

Harriet Klausner

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