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Dandelions on the Wind

(Quilted Hearts #1)

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Tattered relationships and broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together by God’s love.

When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member
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Published February 19th 2013 by WaterBrook
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Jen
Feb 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, lent-read
This was a cute and quick read. The romance wasn't overly in the face of the reader, nor was the religion. The length may have hurt the character development, as you don't really get to know the characters as well as you might want to, but you aren't completely out to sea. I like that the next two books follow secondary characters from this book. I'm a big fan of continuity.

Clean, sweet romance, with a MC losing her eyesight. I like books that expand beyond the "perfect" archtype of
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Hannah
This is my first time to read a book by Mona Hodgson, and it's been a pleasure. We have a heroine with a physical flaw–failing eyesight–and a hero with a emotional flaw–trying to live down the day he walked away from his bereaved mother-in-law and baby daughter after his wife's death. He has played the part of a coward to his family, and yet has survived the harsh years of the Civil War without losing even an arm or leg, when so many men did not return at all.

It seems that Maren is Wainwright's
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May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Charming novella from author Mona Hodgson, Dandelions on the Wind, [book 1 of the Quilted Hearts series], was pure reading pleasure.

Characters with distinct personalities, realistic internal and relational conflicts that mattered to me, sensory descriptions; all worked together, capturing and keeping my interest.

I cared about the young Danish immigrant, Maren. Rejected by her groom-to-be, losing her eyesight, yet gaining a heart of wisdom, "She knew what it was like to set off for the
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Mikayla
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this, it was a really cute concept, and the writing was really good. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the main girl. I liked that this book was really clean; there was only one described kiss that I remember.
Unfortunately, that's about where the list of things I liked stops. The whole thing felt shallow, and it wasn't from lack of time to build the characters. They had time, but instead of trying to build a lasting relationship between the main characters, all that was built
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Hallie Szott
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a mail-order bride, Maren Jensen leaves Denmark with the hopes of a new life in a new home. Yet, when her groom-to-be rejects her due to her failing eyesight, Maren is left with an uncertain future. After taking a job with Elsa Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren discovers that she could easily call their farm her home. But when Gabi’s absent father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns surprisingly to the farm, everything changes for Maren. No longer feeling needed by Mrs. ...more
Sally
I enjoyed Mona Hodgson’s Sinclair Sisters series, so I pre-ordered this e-novella as soon as became available. I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. Novellas are tricky because of their length; they can sometimes contain sloppy plot lines or miss important details. Dandelions on the Wind, however, is complete. There were no questions I could ask of it.

The plot centers on Maren, who came to America to marry a man her family had known back in Denmark. When he realizes that her sight is
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Carol
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, read-2013
A cute and very short romance novel set in post civil war St. Charles, Missouri.

Rutherford (Wooley) returns from war hoping his mother-in-law will accept him back to the farm he left after his wife died at childbirth so he can be a proper father to his daughter Gabi. After only a few weeks back, (view spoiler)

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Lindsay
Maren is helping a widow raise her granddaughter after a war. But soon something unexpected happens. Wooly come back and wants to raise his daughter. His grandmother has a hard time welcoming her son in law back from the war.

Did the war break a family or did the loss to almost everything also destroy the family. Wooly come back he want to see his daughter and help around the farm. He has his regrets as well as Maren. Can both get over past hurts or will their be no second chance at love.
Beth
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although I felt the plot was somewhat predictable, the story overall was very sweet without being too cheesy. I liked how the relationship between Maren and "Woolly" moved at a realistic pace versus "insta-love." The post-Civil War setting added a good dynamic to the story, and the emotions of the characters felt genuine. I look forward to the next installment.
Carole Jarvis
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a good read for a novella. The characters offered a lot of promise, so I wish it could have been a full novella.

Full review:
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Patty Rude
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sweet story, good writing, an easy read. I look forward to more in the series!
Irene S
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When the widower prodigal father, Wooly, returns to the farm, Maren needs to think about her future. With her failing eyesight, Maren thinks that her only hope is to earn money to return to Denmark. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgallery. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. This is a sweet Christian novel with themes of forgiveness and trust in God. This is a well written novella, which I enjoyed reading. It's a sweet romance.
Karen
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy reading light hearted romance novel.
Tanx
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Weak plot, the romance was very stilted. Story ended abruptly.

Beautiful cover though.
Karen Korb
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
About The Book: "Tattered relationships and broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together by God’s love. When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household.
But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm
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Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked Dandelions on the Wind because I am familiar with Mona Hodgson's work from her previous series (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek) which I love (I'm eager to read book #3 and #4!!!). I hoped that this book would have the same level of appeal.

I was captured in the first few sentences:
"Nevermind that four months had passed since General Lee's surrender. Maren never walked the apple orchard or the wheat field without careful watch for bushwackers and jayhawkers."


This book is set in St.
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Sherrey
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
A fan of Civil War history and books and a quilter, I selected Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson as my next "read and review" book. Dandelions on the Wind is the first-in-a-series Hodgson is writing, The Quilted Heart Series.

Summary of the Book: Hodgson weaves a sweet tale about the merging of two hearts hurting from loss. One heart belongs to Maren, who finds herself alone in post-Civil War Missouri having left family in Denmark to make a new life in America with her soon-to-be husband,
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Rachel
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"She knew what it was like to set off for the unknown, albeit on a ship rather than in a covered wagon, and the feeling was no doubt the same -- that of a dandelion on the wind." (Dandelions on the Wind)

Maren immigrated to America from Denmark with the promise to bring her family to America, and dreams of marrying a man she thought would love her for who she was and not for her quickly failing eyesight. She finds a semblance of family and "home" with an old widow and the widow's very young
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About “Dandelions on the Wind” by Mona Hodgson, the first book in this collection.


“Tattered relationships and broken hearts, like a quilt, can be pieced together by God’s love.

When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household.
But when
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Carissa
It is Maren Jensen's greatest desire to earn enough money to return home to Denmark before her eyesight fails her completely. A mail-order bride, her would-be husband refused her upon learning of her degenerative sight, abandoning her in St. Charles, Missouri. Maren now lives with the kindly Widow Brantenberg and her little granddaughter, Gabi, helping care for the house and the farm, but making no additional money to put aside for her return trip. It is only when Gabi's father, Woolly, returns ...more
Beverly
Mona Hodgson writes a heartwarming tale where community means giving each other a helping hand when needed. The setting for this book is a small town in Missouri just a few months after the end of the Civil War. Nearly every family in the area was touched by the war in some way. Some had lost family members; some had family return either wounded physically or emotionally.

Maren Jensen had been a mail order bride, traveling from Denmark, who had been rejected once she arrived in America. Her
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Sandra Lassiter
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she ...more
Brenda
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy reading about mail-order brides so I was drawn to this story because of that, but I was afraid that I might get short changed because it was only a novella length story, but the author packs a lot of story into just a few pages. Maren Jensen came to America because she thought she would marry, but instead her husband to be decides he doesn't want to marry her because she is losing her eyesight. She is lucky that she gets a job with Elsa Brantenberg taking care of Gabi, and also ...more
Leah
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Dandelions on the Wind is the first novella in Mona Hodgson’s series: Quilted Hearts. Normally I am not a big fan of novellas. I enjoy novels more because I feel like there can be so much more character development and depth to a story. That being said, while this book was not one of my all-time favorites, I was still able to enjoy the sweet story that was told.

The Civil War has just ended and Maren Jensen is working at Mrs. Brantenberg’s farm, helping with the farm chores and taking care of her
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Sara
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Novellas are not always my favorite to read because you usually don’t get to know or care about the characters very well and things normally move too quickly. In this novella, though, I did feel as if I was able to get to know at least the main characters well, even at the beginning. I cared about them almost immediately, and I sympathized with Marin and her failing eyesight. When the author wrote from Marin’s point of view, she really put you in the position of someone who is battling the loss ...more
Jessica
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I find novellas to be a refreshing change of pace from longer novels. They're perfect for instances when you don't have the time to read a full-length book, as well as when you're looking for a quick, entertaining read on the weekend. Dandelions on the Wind, the first novella in Mona Hodgson's The Quilted Heart series is good; short and sweet. I enjoyed the historic setting of wartime St. Charles, Missouri, as well as the quaint imagery of life on the farm. The only thing I disliked about this ...more
Veronica
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
This is a cute historical novella about romance and life after the Civil War. Maren has been helping Mrs. Brantenberg care for her four-year-old granddaughter Gabi and helping on her farm in Missouri in exchange for room and board. She came over from Denmark as a mail-order bride, but when her eyesight started failing her, so did her intended. He broke the engagement and she was stuck without a way to buy a ticket home. Woolly, Gabi's father, left to fight in the war after his wife died giving ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Dandelions on the Wind
The Quilted Heart - Novella One
By Mona Hodgson

Saint Charles, Missouri in 1865 is trying to recover from the loses it experienced in the War Between the States. It is in this town that Maren Jensen finds herself after the man that she thought she would marry deserts her. What follows is a story of hope and healing as Maren, Mrs. Bratenberg, and Gabi (Mrs. Bratenberg's four year old granddaughter) adjust to the return of Rutherford "Wooly" Wainwright (Gabi's long absent
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Julie Barrett
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dandelions on the Wind: The Quilted Heart Novella One by Mona Hodgson
I wanted to read this book because it's about quilting and I love the 1860's. I do knit for a settlement within 2 hours of my house.
The fact that Maren is blind really hits home for me as well.
Gabi is the little girl whose mother died giving birth to her. She lives with her grandmother and Maren cares for her and the crops and farm animals.
Now her Papa is home-Wooly and he has hair like hers.
Maren especially likes
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Casey
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story went by in a flash! Before I knew it, it was over, and I am left excited to read the next one! This is a sweet novella that offers second chances on love between a Dutch rejected mail-order bride and a widowed civil war veteran. Maren and Woolly get off on the wrong foot initially, but it is Maren's desire for home that leads her to inspire Woolly's mother-in-law to eventually look past the hurt and accept him back into the family fold. It doesn't take Woolly long before he sees what ...more
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