About this Book
Do Dandelion Wishes Actually Come True?
Katherine Galloway knew this moment of calm wouldnâ€™t last, blown away like the dandelion seeds she scattered as a girl. In 1880, three years after her husbandâ€™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:Â 400 pages
- Publisher:Â David C. Cook (June 1, 2013)
- Language:Â English
- ISBN-10:Â 0781408083
- ISBN-13:Â 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. Sheâ€™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 sheâ€™d always stay with womenâ€™s contemporary, but has since branched out to historical romance. Her first two books were womenâ€™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 Â 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:Â 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 littleÂ curiosityÂ to Â 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.
Give Away:Â Miralee has been gracious enough to offer a copy of her book to one lucky winner. Fill out the form below to be entered. I will only use your address if you win. Â Earn an extra entry by liking the Favorite Christian Book Facebook Page. I’ll pick a winner on July 13th.