ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in Washington State. She loves to minister to women (as a certified Lay Counselor with the AACC) or through her writing, riding her horse, working in her flower beds and playing with her dogs—her 7 lb, long-haired Chihuahua, Lacey, spends a lot of time on her lap while Miralee is writing. Miralee speak at various women’s functions and has taught at writers’ conferences. She’s been writing since 2005, and her first book released in 2007. Since then, she’s had 10 more books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical romance, and she’s had the honor of being a best-selling and award-winning author.
Learn more about Miralee and her books on her Website.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When her father’s debts, brought on by heavy drinking, threaten Leah Carlson’s family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah’s family secrets—and the pain of her past—come to a head. They could destroy everything she’s fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again.
This is western historical romance that offers hope and healing to the deepest wounds in a woman’s past.
I’m not sure how but I missed the first two books in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Now that I have read Dreaming on Daisies, I guarantee that I will definitely acquire them. I would love to read the backstories on some of the characters I met in this book.
Although the third book in the series, I can attest to the fact that Dreaming on Daisies can easily stand on its own merit. Although it is evident that many of the supporting characters probably had more pivotal roles in the earlier novels, knowing their background is not essential to the enjoyment of this one. Dreaming on Daisies may be historical fiction but many of the issues that confront Leah Carlson and Steven Harding are very little different than those faced by actual people in modern society. The author deftly illustrates the emotional, physical, and financial toll that addiction, abandonment, and unforgiveness can have on so many individual lives.
Dreaming on Daisies is an emotionally charged story with wonderfully realistic characters and a believable plot. Leah was a surprisingly strong young woman whose determination and work ethic managed to hide her vulnerability – most of the time. Steven may have appeared to be a city slicker banker but his dreams for the future included land and a home of his own – and those dreams may have begun to include Leah in them. Despite her apparent strength, there was something about Leah that brought out Steven’s protective instincts and his desire to help her pulled him directly into her family drama and secrets.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dreaming on Daisies with its strong emphasis on faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation. I look forward to reading the preceding novels of this series as soon as I can.