Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson

Book Details:
Title: Dandelions on the Wind (The Quilted Heart Series #1)
Author: Mona Hodgson
2013, Waterbrook Press
  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Book Summary:
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 unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren. Despite the failing eyesight that caused her suitor to reject her, she can see that Wooly 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?

My Review:
Lovely book! This is just a short novella and I got to the end wishing there was more to the story! It was well written and the author managed to fit quite a lot of story into a short bit of writing. All the characters were wonderful and fairly complex. The main characters of Maren and Wooly are sweet and have a lot of pain to overcome - and even though their story moves along quickly, it doesn't appear too contrived like many novels. All the supporting characters added a lot to the story without cluttering it up or detracting from the main storyline. As always, I love it when I historical fiction author uses really elements from history in her novels and Mona Hodgson does that with the town of St. Charles, Missouri.  I am greatly anticipating reading the rest of the series (The Quilted Hearts) and at only $1.99 on Amazon, I won't even have to think about grabbing up the next ones!

Disclosure: I was provided with an e-book copy of this book free of charge by Waterbrook Multonomah Press for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

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