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Blowing on Dandelions (Love Blossoms in Oregon #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 395 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by David C. Cook
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Sheri Wilkerson
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I requested this book through NetGalley and they very graciously accepted my request, and I am so glad they did!

"Blowing on Dandelions" is an incredibly good book. I immediately connected with Katherine, as having raised two daughters of my own I could empathize with the struggles she was having dealing with her own daughters! Even though life in the 1880's was quite different from what we experience now, relationships between parents and children remain the same, with many of the same issues ar
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 coul
Teresa Moore
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
just got this book and cannot put it down thank you Miralee for writing such wonderful Christian based books cannot wait for the next book.
just finished reading this and loved it loved it loved it only part I don't like is having to wait for the next one in the series when you fall in love with the characters of the book you can't wait to see what's next and then you don't want it to end I also love that its a story that from my mother to my daughter and granddaughter can read and all enjoy so
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If only life was as easy as making dandelion wishes. But as Katherine Galloway knows,“There was no fantasy world where thirty-two-year-old women—or little girls for that matter—could ride the dandelion fluff and become someone they weren’t.” A widow of three years who balances motherhood with running a boardinghouse, Katherine has accepted the hardships she faces and tries her best to keep moving forward. However, now her overbearing and acerbic mother, Frances Connors, is coming for a visit, an ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Miralee Ferrell’s historical fiction has just gotten better and better. She merged the wonderful life lesson values with the historical and has written a phenomenal book!

At first this book appears to be your general western historical fiction, but as you dig deeper into the story you see so much more.

This book addresses deep hurts that can be caused by misunderstandings over a lifetime between mothers and daughters. It shows how you can carry this hurt over and without meaning to, hurt your own
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: The Author
"Blowing on Dandelions" is a captivating historical love story set in the 1880's in Baker City Oregon. Katherine Galloway, a widow of three years, looks after two daughters and runs a boarding house. Her life seems tranquil like dandelion seeds blown on the wind even amidst the busyness of running a promising business but that will all change when her domineering mother comes to stay and she meets the handsome widower Micah Jacobs.
This is a well-written, poignant story of budding relationships,
Julie Barrett
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell
This book starts out with Katherine and she runs the boardinghouse in Baker City, OR along with caring for her two daughters. She had lost her husband several years ago.
She has troubles of her own: her mother is coming for a visit, concerns of her oldest daughter talking to teen males. She confides her problems with the quilters of the town and they lend her an ear and talk to her of faith in God for guidance.
The book also follows the life of her mother: F
Debora Wilder
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great historical romance!

The character development is absolutely wonderful. Miralee has not only done a complete in-depth build up of a couple of main characters. She paid attention to detail in a fairly large number of additional people in the story. The way she fleshed out the relationships and how each person’s attitudes affected the others was incredible. Many of the people are aware of God’s presence and it comes out in their conversations. This story helps to encourage us to reme
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Miralee's Historical books & just finished reading Blowing on Dandelions. I was blown away. I admire her for taking on a story about Mother/Daughter conflicts & how they worked through them with the help of other loved ones & friends. It is a compassionate story that many of us have dealt with or will have to deal with sometime in our lives. Not every Mother/Daughter are best friends & this story tells how that can feel to each of them. I am so honored to have ...more
Bill Tillman
Gadzooks!!! Miralee has penned a fantastic tale about the trials, heartache, and tribulations of mother-daughter relationships. And yes there is an "Ah ha" moment near the end. I could not put this book down so I guess that counts as a page turner. I had an 'Advanced Reader Copy' known as ARC, but you have less than a month wait.
Carole Jarvis
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Blowing on Dandelions deals with life/family issues - namely, long-running conflict between a mother and daughter. Both narrative and plot are strong, and we are introduced to some very interesting characters. See my review at:
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
While Katherine is doing her best in raising her two girls in a Boardinghouse alone, she also struggles with her relationship with her Mother. I liked how Katherine welcomed all of the Guests that came to her Boardinghouse, even when one woman was "difficult"...

The characters were very interesting, and I liked how the author describes the relationship between Katherine and her Mother.
Lisa Nelson
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.
It dealt with the hard issue of family relationships.
Sometimes we hurt others unintentionally, by what we
perceive as helpful.
The characters presented well. You feel as if you are in the story.
I enjoy Mrs. Ferrell's books and look forward to reading more!!
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading the book. It touched my heart.This is a heart warming book about a tough relationship between two grown women. You will not be disappointed. Miralee Is a wonderful author. I love the way she puts history into a story. She makes you want to go there and spend some time there.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Good story idea. A lot of clipped introspection. Never got much of a feeling of atmosphere. It was a story that seemed a little forced to me, never felt like I was there. Maybe my mood at the time of reading.
Jodi Woody
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good clean romance. I give it four stars. I can recommend for teens and up.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Katherine Galloway's soft exhale 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 mem
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Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love historical romance stories and this one is really good.
Miralee did an excellent job in her writing and blending in her characters . This story to me is learning to trust God and forgiveness. While I was reading "Blowing On Dandelions" I would be laughing one minute and the next I would be crying. One time I was waiting at the hair dresser to get my hair cut and was reading, and all at once tears was rolling down my cheeks. I looked up and around to see if anyone had seen me cry. "Blowing
I obtained this book through Goodreads "First Reads". All opinions stated within this review are mine. The first thing I will say is a big THANK YOU for picking me as a winner of this book.
This is the first book in the historical fiction series of 'Love Blossoms in Oregon', and if it is any indication of what the remainder of the books will be, author has a "hit". I was interested from the very first page - which is, quite frankly, very seldom.
The book tells the story of a young widow, left
Reet Champion
Katherine Galloway has never known a mother’s love. And it’s not because she doesn’t have a mother, because she does. But from her childhood and to the present Frances Cooper has done nothing but hurt her daughter with sharp words; Katherine’s entire life has been spent dreading her mother’s presence. Before the death of her husband Katherine had fared better, but now that he is gone, she must face up to the reality of her mother coming to live with her…permanently. Conditions are further compli ...more
Katie Johnson
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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 Ka ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nancee by: 1
In the late 1800s young widow Katherine Galloway is raising two young daughters, and struggling to operate an Oregon boarding house she and her husband originally established. Her harsh, unapproachable and overbearing mother comes to live in the boarding house with ideas of telling her daughter how to run her business and raise her daughters. Blacksmith, Micah Jacobs and his young son are forced to move into the boarding house after fire destroyed their livery and home. As additional boarders co ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Historical Drama & Romance At It’s Best! (5 Stars)

Blowing on Dandelions (Love Blossoms in Oregon #1) by Miralee Ferrell

Baker City, Oregon, 1880 is where this wonderful book is taking place. It’s the story of Katherine Galloway and her two daughters, Lucy and Amanda. She is widowed and runs a boarding house in town. She seems to be comfortable with her life, even though she misses her husband, she keeps busy with the boarding house, her daughters and the quilting circle at her church. But one
Carrie Daws
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Over the last several months, I’ve heard quite a lot about Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell. Normally, I’m not one to jump on the latest popular fiction bandwagon, yet the description intrigued me. So, I picked it up and began to discover what everyone was talking about.

What I Thought
Mrs. Ferrell has combined quite a group of characters, and I loved getting to see the story from so many of their points of view. At times I wanted to shake one or another as they totally misread the thought
Cherie Kasper
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book and the front cover caught my eye from the beginning. Who hasn’t blown on a dandelion and made a wish, I know I did in my childhood. Because I liked the outside so much I couldn’t wait to dig in and start reading right away. And when I did, I couldn’t put it down.
I was not disappointed at all with the content of the story; I felt the story flowed very smoothly as each character was introduced. I really liked the way the characters interacted with each other; you could almo
Lydia Howe
I went back and forth with how many stars to give this book... Two? Three? It's hard to decide. I read it a couple of weeks ago and although I found some of it interesting, it was also trite at times.

Things I liked:

1. The whole "hard to get along with mother" was a pretty cool angle, although I didn't always appreciate how it was carried out.
2. I liked the title.
3. And... Well. My mind is blank right now.
(OH yeah. And this is why I’m only giving it 2 stars. Sorry, I don’t like giving less th
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Delightful is the first word that comes to mind.

I started the book, expecting a fun, light historical romance. And it was that, but oh so much more. Not only does Miralee create a sweet romance, she also sensitively and realistically examines broken relationships.

The story begins in Baker City, Oregon in the year 1880.

After a tragedy leaves Micah Jacobs and his son Zachary homeless, Katherine Galloway takes them into her boarding house. Both Micah and Katherine are wary of any emotional entangl
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blowing on Dandelions, Book one of Love Blossoms on Oregon by Miralee Ferrell
This is the first book I have read by author Miralee Ferrell, I loved it so much that it will not be the last. I don’t usually read historical fiction and have only read a few but I have now found a new genre to read. Katherine Galloway runs a boardinghouse in the small town of Baker City, Oregon, she is a widow raising two young daughters. Her life takes a sudden turn when her mother suddenly moves in. She is a nightma
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