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?
The war has just ended and Rutherford Wainwright, also known as Wooly around town, returns to the family farm he left several years prior. A deciding factor to his leaving was that his wife Gretchen suffered severe complications during the birth of their daughter Gabi and died. The passing of Wooly’s wife weighed very heavy on his heart, he couldn’t bear to be around without his lovely wife and the war was a selfish escape for him.
Upon his return to his mother-in-law’s farm he meets Maren Jensen. Maren moved to St. Charles from Denmark for a promise of marriage. When the gent found out that Maren was losing her eyesight, he no longer wanted to keep his commitment. Maren soon finds work work at the Brantenberg farm helping with chores and caring for little Gabi to pay her way for room and board.
Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson was a sweet, romantic story of two hearts grieving from loss and what it means to find love and hope again. It was well written and touching. I occasionally read this genre for a change of pace from the suspense/thriller/mystery genre I normally read. It made for a nice change. I would classify Dandelions on the Wind a true “clean read,” I would recommend this to anyone who is in the market for this type of book.
“She knew what it was like to set off for the unknown, albeit on a ship rather than in a covered wagon, and the feeling was no doubt the same — that of a dandelion on the wind.”
I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher Waterbrook Multnomah through the program Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated are my own.