Dandelions in the Wind by Mona Hodgson

Dandelions in the Wind by Mona Hodgson



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?


I love, love mail order bride stories, so I was really excited to read Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson. When Maren finds her husband to be turns his back on her, she moves in with an old widow and her young granddaughter. Though Maren misses her family, she is content working on the farm and taking care of this young child. She has given up all hope of having a better life until Wooley shows up on the farm, turning her life upside down. And giving this short story twists and turns that kept me reading until the last page! Though sometimes the story was a bit sad because it just seemed that nothing was working out right for Maren, a really sweet lady and couldn’t help the difficulties life was throwing at her with her disability.


This is a very fast read, I read it all without stopping! The characters were well developed and enjoyable and I was found myself really wanting things to turn around for Maren. I loved the setting of the old farm, grandma and granddaughter, giving the story a homey, warm and enjoyable feel.


If you are one that doesn’t have a lot of time to read an entire book, this is just for you! It is just over 100 pages and doesn’t take long at all. So if you are in the market for a good, clean, enjoyable read, pick up Mona Hodgson’s Dandelions on the Wind today!


This book was provided by Blogging for Books through their reviewer Blogging program. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.



Mona Hodgson

Over the last twenty-five years, Mona Hodgson’s publishing credits have grown to include nearly thirty 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.


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