“Dandelions of the Wind” by Mona Hodgson

I read “Dandelions of the Wind”, a novella which is the first book of The Quilted Heart series, by Mona Hodgson.

I really liked this story of a post-civil War Missouri family.  The story is mainly about Maren, an immigrant mail-order-bride from Denmark who comes to the United States to marry.  Because she is gradually losing her eyesight, the groom refuses to marry her.  She is offered shelter in the form of room and board in return for working on the farm and caring for the granddaughter of Mrs. Brantenberg.

The girl’s father, Rutherford (Wooley) returns after a four-year absence, during which he fought in the Civil War and in the west against the Native Americans.  He left the farm after the death of his wife, Mrs. Brantenberg’s daughter, in childbirth.  He has come home to make amends and to be with his daughter again.  He doesn’t count on meeting the lovely Maren.

This is a very sweet story and I wish it had been longer.  I hope the subsequent stories in this series pick up where this one left off.  I would very much like to find out what happens next.

I was sent this free Kindle book from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, and their blog, Bloggingforbooks.com for my honest review.


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