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?
I enjoyed Mona Hodgson’s Sinclair Sisters series, so I pre-ordered this e-novella as soon as became available. I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. Novellas are tricky because of their length; they can sometimes contain sloppy plot lines or miss important details. Dandelions on the Wind, however, is complete. There were no questions I could ask of it.
The plot centers on Maren, who came to America to marry a man her family had known back in Denmark. When he realizes that her sight is diminishing and she will mostly likely end up blind, he canceled their marriage arrangements. Unable to return to Denmark, she finds a home on the Brantenberg farm. When Wooly returns from his military service, Maren fears there is no longer a place for her.
This is a charming novella, well worth the $1.99 I paid for it. I connected with the characters and loved young Gabi. It was a poignant moment when the four year old admitted to believing she killed her mother because her mother died giving birth to her. I also enjoyed the appearance of a much loved character from the Sinclair Sisters series.
Dandelions on the Wind is the first in The Quilted Heart series of novellas. The second and third in the trilogy will be released in April and May respectively. All three will be in electronic format only.
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 19 February 2013
Page Count: 111