Sunday, May 5, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Dandelions on the Wind

Dandelions on the Wind
By:  Mona Hodgson
WaterBrook Press

Maren came to America from Denmark as a mail order bride, right at the beginning of the American Civil War.  Her intended was a friend of her family, and she felt safe in knowing she would be cared for and would have the opportunity to bring her remaining family to America once she was married.  However, no one counted on the fact that Maren is going blind.  A wife who has difficulties seeing is not what her groom had intended, so he escapes to the war. 

Maren takes various jobs, but eventually settles in with a grandmother raising her four year old granddaughter, Gabi, alone.  The girl's mother had died during childbirth, and the death of his beloved wife was more than Rutherford, otherwise known as "Woolly", could take.  So like Maren's intended, he joined the war and has not seen his daughter or his mother-in-law since the day of Gabi's birth.

The war is now over and soldiers are coming home, Woolly among them.  He is met with coldness from his mother-in-law upon his return, but great joy by his daughter, who has been praying to meet her PaPa.  How will Woolly's return affect Maren?  Will she have to leave the family now?  Will this give her the opportunity to take a job in town in order to save money for her return to Denmark? 

This book was too short!!  It came to such an abrupt end, although a good one, and left me wanting more.  So of course I had to order the next book in the series! 
In order to comply with new Federal Trade Commission regulations, please note that this book was provided compliments of  WaterBrook Multnomah's book review program.

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