Dandelions on the Wind
March 25, 2013, 10:50 pm
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Setting off for the unknown is unsettling.  Maren Jensen has done this once already, when she traveled to America. Now, as her eyesight is failing, she takes comfort in the life she has with Widow Brantenberg and Gabi. Change comes when Rutherford “Woolly” Wainright returns home to his mother-in-law and young daughter. Maren and Woolly are drawn together. When an opportunity arises to be like dandelions on the wind and scatter to the West, Maren and Woolly decide to trust in God and make the journey.

I liked parts of this book, but I never was quite sure where the book was located. St. Charles, Missouri? And there just seemed to be something missing. Perhaps the book was too rushed? I just felt like a lot of questions popped up without ever being answered.

I reviewed this book for free for Waterbrook Publishing and was under no obligation to give a favorable review. 


Review of Though My Heart is Torn
March 9, 2013, 1:33 pm
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Gideon O’Riley must learn to live with the aftermath of someone else’s choices in Joanne Bischofs novel Though My Heart is Torn. I found the book to be pretty powerful. I have not read the first book in the series, so I only know about the history of Gideon, Lonnie, and Cassie through details provided in this book.
Gideon is enjoying his life with wife Lonnie and their infant son Jacob when they are summoned back to their family’s houses. Gideon is informed that he is still married to his first wife, although he had been assured that the marriage had been annulled. He and Lonnie follow the law and separate. What a difficult thing to have to endure. The difference between love and commitment is slight at times. This is an issue that Cassie realizes is troubling. She can have Gideon stay, based on her mistake, or she can let him go back to his love.
I am awed by Gideon’s level of commitment to Cassie even though his heart is not involved. In a culture that has television shows like The Bachelor/Bachelorette, it seems that we see love as instant gratification.
I received an advance reading copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for writing a review and am under no obligation to give a favorable review.