Dandelions in the Wind, by Mona Hodgson, is the first book in The Quilted Heart series. It is set in Saint Charles, Missouri in 1865, when many men who fought in the Civil War were finding their way back to their homes.
Maren Jensen had come to America from Denmark with the intention of marrying a man upon arrival. The man, however, backed out of the agreement when he found out that her eyesight steadily failing. Mrs. Brantenberg had taken her in and given her a home in exchange for help around the farm and assistance with her granddaughter, Gabi, age four. When Rutherford Wainwright, known as Woolly, appears in the barn one morning, she is startled and surprised to find that he is Gabi’s father, come home from the war. Maren, who has taken on the role of Gabi’s mother, and Woolly quickly become attracted to one another. Maren, however, feels that she must return home due to her failing eyesight.
This was a charming book. I loved the characters from the very beginning. The social dilemmas of this time period were very real, and the author did an excellent job of working them into her story. I look forward to reading other books in this series.
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