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About this Book
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 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 Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. Then she crosses paths with Micah Jacobs, a widower who could reignite her heart, but she fears a relationship with him might send things over the edge. She must find the strength, wisdom, hope, and faith to remake her life, for everything is about to change.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781408083
- ISBN-13: 978-0781408080
About the Author
Miralee and her husband Allen have been married almost 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.
Review Summary: This was an enjoyable journey back in time where people face the same frustrations and hardships as we do today. Katherine was such a likable character and very easy for me to relate with, though my mother was never as critical as Katherine’s. I loved how Katherine wanted to do what was right but was very human in her struggles. Micah was a proud and sometimes difficult man, who was also a hurting soul. The story contained realistic conversations and situations that left me feeling good in the end.
Digging Deeper: Historical fiction has been a genre that for the most part, I’ve steered clear of, but I’m finding authors like Miralee Ferrell make it fun and enjoyable to read. The characters in this story was so relatable for me. Katherine was a woman of integrity who believed she was to be respectful to her mother regardless of how difficult the woman could be. But she was real in her emotions and struggles. Micah was angry with God and saw no need for Him or the town’s pastor. But it was how the town reached out to him at his greatest time of need that I found the most touching part of the story. It made me cry and reminded me that as Christians, sometimes we need to meet the physical needs of people before we can meet the spiritual needs.
This story had several dimensions beyond the relationship with Katherine and her mother that add to the story and kept it moving at a good pace. The story lines with Jeffrey Tucker and Mrs. Roberts did leave me a little curiosity to what happened to them. I hope it means there’s more to come!
As with other books from this publisher there are strong spiritual messages, including forgiveness, pride, and learning to trust. If you enjoy Lena Dooley or Janet Dean you will like Miralee Ferrell.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
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About the Book
Geraldine Jordan’s lived all her life with an unpleasant disability. She learns the meaning of painful rejection early. Any probability of obtaining a respectable suitor one day to someone like Alistair McKenna the man of her lifetime dreams is slim to none.
When Geraldine is passed off to live with controlling-zealot Uncle Henry, she grows weary of waiting for that impossible dream — until a treasured aunt arranges a potential marriage with esteemed Chicago banker, in search of a wife and mother for his young ward. The disgruntled Uncle Henry whose always believed his niece unsuitable for any man of status, quickly sets out to block the betrothal by demoting Geraldine to status of a common servant, hiring her off to a family in need of a governess.
Will the shattered Geraldine be forced to abandon all hope when she learns her prospective groom-to-be was none other than her life-long love, Alistair McKenna?
I adored Geraldine and her story. This was a wonderful story of dreams coming true and the importance of seeking wise counsel.
This story begins about 10 years after the first book and Geraldine has grown into a fine young woman. She is saddened by the death of her beloved Great-Aunt. Yet hopeful for the future as her Great-Aunt had arranged a marriage for her, but her Uncle Henry quickly destroys her hopes by informing her that she’s not fit for marriage and he’s arranged for her to be a nanny.
The Geraldine of book one has grown up but she did not grow away from her faith in God. She believes in trusting him and following through with her commitments. She also teaches us about forgiveness. She reminds me of how we should all live, with a childlike faith in God.
Although the ending was predictable, this was a quick read with some interesting incidents and characters along the way that made the story enjoyable.
I’m looking forward to book 3 in this series.
I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review this book and was under no obligation other than my honest opinion.
From the Cover
Scorned with disgrace, Annabelle Jordan and her daughters are no longer welcome in her reverend uncle’s community. In need of a fresh touch of grace, Annabelle’s in no mood to seek mercy yet. Not after carrying on a youthful affair with that scoundrel of a boyfriend long enough to produce two daughters before she finally sent him away.
Now without a home, Annabelle’s convinced her answer is to find the man again and force that marriage he pledged but never kept. Annabelle knows he can provide her daughters the name, home, security, and future they need. Who else would show interest in a soiled, aging woman over thirty with two growing children?
Clearly, that was before Major Carlton Radcliffe entered her life. How was Annabelle to know she’d fall for someone beyond her reach, loyal to the faith she’s been fleeing and nobly pledged to a wife and family of his own?
I’ll be the first to admit historical fiction isn’t my first choice in genres but I enjoy trying new books and new authors. So I decided to check this book and Decisions Book Two: That Impossible Dream.
The first thing I noticed about the story was the uniqueness of the main character, Annabelle Jordan. She is a mother of two girls and has never had a husband. She played mistress to a army captain who promised to marry her but she sent him away. Now she’s been shunned by her uncle’s congregation and finds herself traveling with her youngest daughter and the nanny to find her Captain and get him to fulfill his promise. Our primary male character, Major Carlton Radcliffe has his own issues having married a woman outside his faith who leaves him shortly after the wedding with another man. To compound the situation he learns she is pregnant with his child.
This story had some funny moments in this story as well as some touching moments, especially between Major Radcliffe and Annabelle’s youngest daughter, Geraldine. You also see the worst in people in Annabelle’s uncle and his congregation as they basically run Annabelle out of town because of her sins.
I enjoyed the story’s flow and watching the story unfold. There were a couple of things that did surprise me while other things I did expect to happen. The one thing that I did find surprising and know what some may be offended by, is some of the “thoughts” of Annabelle and the Major were very sensual. Almost to the uncomfortable point, however, in reading the second book in the series I think the author wrote the part based on the characters Annabelle and the Major and their previous history.
This was a good story that probably portrays what life was like for Annabelle. I would recommend this to anyone who like historical fiction set in the mid 1800s. As mentioned before some of the story is sensual in nature, but only in thought not in deed. In fact, one of the things I appreciate about Major Radcliffe was his continuous prayers requesting his strength in the face of temptation.