Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson

Hallie Szott

5 Stars

October 31, 2013

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 Gabi’s absent father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns surprisingly to the farm, everything changes for Maren. No longer feeling needed by Mrs. Brantenberg and Gabi, Maren is determined to leave, giving the man time to reconnect with his estranged family, hoping to return to her own faraway family. However, as Wooly desperately tries to reclaim the family he had abandon in the face of grief, he cannot imagine his family without Maren. Will Maren have the courage to go where she truly belongs?

Mona Hodgson’s first novella in her Quilted Heart series, “Dandelions on the Wind,” is a sweet story of finding love and family. Naturally, as a novella, it is a short, easy read. At times, I felt that certain aspects of the story could have been expanded upon in more detail, and the ending seemed to arrive far too quickly. However, Hodgson did not leave me dissatisfied. While I might have wanted more, this novella fulfilled my desire for a simple, uplifting story, and I would recommend “Dandelions on the Wind” for an enjoyable, lighthearted read. I can’t help but than WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this novel. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and honestly review it.