About Dandelions on the Wind
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?
Praise for Dandelions on the Wind
“Like a warm breeze ripples across a lake, Dandelions in the Wind offers a gentle crossing in this first-in a-series novel. Mona Hodgson gives readers characters we care about, a bit of intrigue, love, and a satisfying ending that promises more in the second series book. Well done!”
—Jane Kirkpatrick, bestselling author of Where Lilacs Still Bloom.
“Filled with true-to-life characters and fascinating historical details, Dandelions on the Wind is a heartwarming story of second chances in the turbulent days immediately after the Civil War. Don’t miss this, the first of Mona Hodgson’s The Quilted Heart trilogy. If you're like me, you'll be waiting eagerly for the second.”
—Amanda Cabot, author of Waiting for Spring.
“Dandelions on the Wind is a sweet tale about the merging of two hurting hearts. The characters drew me, and I can't wait to read more about their lives ... and their love!”
—Tricia Goyer, best-selling author of 33 novels including The Memory Jar
“In Dandelions on the Wind, Mona Hodgson weaves a tale of broken promises, wounded hearts . . . and the power of forgiveness--a heartwarming reminder that we walk by faith, not by sight. Maren is a heroine you'll cheer for!”
—Carol Cox, author of Love in Disguise and Trouble in Store
About Mona HodgsonOver the last 25 years, Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly 30 children's books, contributions to more than ten books for adults, and four historical novels, including her debut, Two Brides Too Many in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series. Mona is a popular speaker for women's groups, schools, and educators’ and writers’ conferences. She lives in Arizona with her husband and has two daughters and several grandchildren.
128 pages | Published by WaterBrook
On Sale Date: Feb 19, 2013
Carton Quantity: 1
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When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenbergs 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.
As a mail-order bride, Maren Jensen leaves Denmark with the hopes of a new life in a new home. Yet, when her groom-to-be rejects her due to her failing eyesight, Maren is left with an uncertain future. After taking a job with Elsa Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren discovers that she could easily call their farm her home. But when Gabiâ??s absent father, Rutherford â??"Woolyâ? Wainwright, returns surprisingly to the farm,...
Dandelions on the Wind was a short heart felt story of togetherness and love. Based in time when men trudged off to war, wives and family were in fear of never seeing their loved ones again. This story brings forgiveness, hope, love, and much more. I found the story to be comforting as neighbors and family stick together as friends and as a community. I highly recommend this book for a long weekend read
Short and sweet but what a sweet love story it is! Dandelions on the Wind is a short novella but it doesn't lack in story line or character development. I quickly felt drawn to the characters and the suffering, heartache and emotions they experienced. I found myself wishing for second chances and renewed hope for the main characters. The somewhat predictable happy ending was exactly how I had hoped it would be. The story reminds us that there...
Dandelions On The Wind by Mona Hodgson Far from her Danish home and family, Maren makes the best of her life in war ravaged Missouri. After coming to America for a prearranged marriage, the bridegroom backs out, Maren finds refuge in the home of the Widow Bratenburg helping to raise the womanâ??s granddaughter. When Civil War Veteran Rutherford shows up to reclaim his little girl and his place on the farm, Maren begins to look for a way...
I just finished Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson. This was a sweet, romantic novella. Maren Jensen came to the United States as a mail-order bride, however her groom was no where to be found. She took a job on a Missouri farm, where she grew to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter Gabi. Gabi lost her mother during childbirth and her father left for the war grief-stricken. Mrs. Brantenberg has been running the farm, with...