Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson REVIEW


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 “Woolly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Woolly desperately needs to reconnect with the family he abandoned when his grief sent him running toward the army—and into the Civil War. She also senses there could be something more between the widower and herself, if either can move beyond their past hurts.   

Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost such decisions demand of her heart. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan? Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?


I always find it intriguingly interesting when the synopsis of a book catches my interest yet the cover does not. Such as this book. I honestly wasn't a fan of the cover; simply because the cover is sweet and innocent looking and the story is not. The cover is good, I think. But not for this story.
I did like that each character stood out as their own, very distinct and specific. I didn't read a scene or a conversation and need to go back in the book to recall who I was reading about. 
And Maren...poor Maren...First, she is rejected by her groom to be...then she loses her eyesight...is there a shred of hope for her happiness? Through all of that, she becomes more independent and grows into her own person and becomes much stronger.
This was a great story of adventure and journey, the unexpected and unknown, self learning and growth, and realizing that your life is about the journey, the obstacles along the way and how you handle them and learn from them, and who you become because of the trials and triumphs. 

I would recommend this book.


                                                                    I received this book for review from Blogging for Books
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