31 October 2013

Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson

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"Dandelions on the Wind" here.
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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?

Mona Hodgson’s first novella in her Quilted Heart series, “Dandelions on the Wind,” is a sweet story of finding love and family. Naturally, as a novella, it is a short, easy read. At times, I felt that certain aspects of the story could have been expanded upon in more detail, and the ending seemed to arrive far too quickly. However, Hodgson did not leave me dissatisfied. While I might have wanted more, this novella fulfilled my desire for a simple, uplifting story, and I would recommend “Dandelions on the Wind” for an enjoyable, lighthearted read. I can’t help but thank WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this novel. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and honestly review it.