Dandelions on the Wind
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 ...more
Clean, sweet romance, with a MC losing her eyesight. I like books that expand beyond the "perfect" archtype of ...more
It seems that Maren is Wainwright's ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[ he falls in love with Maren, who was jilted by another because of her partial blindness and is now working on the farm for room and board. Maren, of course, loves Gabi and falls for...more
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.
But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm ...more
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. ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
Maren Jensen had been a mail order bride, traveling from Denmark, who had been rejected once she arrived in America. Her ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more