My Review of “Dandelions in the Wind”
Review of “Dandelions on the Wind”
Mona Hodgson is the author of the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series as well as almost thirty children’s books. Maren, a mail-order bride from Denmark, had lost all hope of a future in America when the life she had sought to start with Orvie Christiansten turned it’s back on her. After the family that had chosen to take her in moved away Maren was left behind, all alone with her growing dissablility. It wasn’t until she found a home on a farm with a widowed Mrs. Brantenberg, and her granddaughter Gabi, did she start to find hope in returning to her family.
As happy as Maren has found herself on the farm it does not fill the void she finds from missing her family. Without a job that will pay her way home, and not wanting to turn her back on her obligations to Mrs. Brantenberg and Gabi, Maren decides she has no choice but to remain on the farm. She clings to the happiness she finds in her new family and the friends she has gained through Mrs. Brantenberg’s quilting circles. Through Mrs. Brantenberg and her quilting circles Maren has learned to replace her disability with faith that God will always get her through.
All is content on the farm until Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns from the war. With no where else to go and a daughter of four years he longs to reconnect with, Wolly does everything in his power to earn his place back on the farm. With Wolly and Maren both fighting struggles of their own, the two find comfort in each other’s presence, and strength in witnessing the effect of God in each other’s lives. Maren must decide though whether she still holds a place on the farm. With Wolly to take her place is there reason for her to stay, or is this God’s way of saying it’s time for her to move on, and start working towards finding her way home.
I sincerely enjoyed this short and sweet romance. Yes I was able to finish this book in one night but I did not feel the book lacked what-so-ever. Maren’s story was so touching and encouraging. She was a true heroin of her time. Mona Hodgson did an amazing job portraying life after the Civil War and the grief many had to go through due to those who lost loved ones. Her characters were so true to life as well as the struggles they all went through. The reality of the lives you follow in this book, and Mona’s great writing, creates such a great flow that you can’t help but keep reading just to keep the story alive in your mind.
-I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.