Dandelions On the Wind
“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.
Comforted and counseled by the wisdom of the women in her beloved quilting circle, Maren begins to discover the cost decisions demand of her heart. Is it too late for love to be stitched into the fabric of her life?” – Goodreads
My thoughts:Charming novella from author Mona Hodgson, Dandelions on the Wind,
[#1 of the Quilted Heart eNovella series], was pure reading pleasure.
Characters with distinct personalities, realistic internal and relational conflicts that mattered to me, sensory descriptions, insights into farm and town life of the era; all worked together, capturing and keeping my interest.
I cared about the young Danish immigrant, Maren. Rejected by her groom-to-be, losing her eyesight, yet gaining a heart of wisdom,
“She knew what it was like to set off for the unknown… that of a dandelion on the wind.”
Darling 4 year old Gabi, who gladly and openly takes first Maren, then her own father to her heart.
Rutherford Wainwright, who returns from ravages of 2 wars wanting his daughter and a welcome yet not daring to believe it possible.
Elsa Brantenberg, grandmother of Gabi, mother in law of Rutherford, employer of Maren; justified in her response to abandonment in her hour of need, yet needing now to extend the grace she had once preached to others. Authentic and appealing characters.
I loved the sense of community surrounding the Quilting Group gathering each Thursday at Elsa’s farm. The inclusion of the children; the break from hard work; colourful personalities; faith exemplified and verbalized; care and support of each other. Beautifully drawn and descriptively visualized.
A well paced story, bringing us to a lovely conclusion.Next in the series ~
Dandelions On the WInd, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore
in the Quilted Heart series,
Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series
Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob.
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