This blog is a celebration of novel, novel characters!

I love reading novels, and as an artist I know a great exercise to stretch one's illustration skills is to portray characters from a description in a book. This blog is a challenge to myself to do just that so I'll be posting illustrations from whatever book I'm currently reading. Feel free to add comments and send me your fan art for these great titles too!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Leah from Dreaming on Daisies by Miralee Ferrell

Dreaming on Daisies, Miralee Ferrell’s latest book, just came out this week, and I’m happy to be sharing about it with you today!  It’s the 4th book in her Love Blossoms in Oregon series (if you’re also counting the novella Forget Me Not).   I’ve enjoyed every book of Miralee’s that I’ve read so far, and this one is no exception.  If you haven’t read any of the other books in the series, it’s ok to start with this one, but I enjoyed it much more having already known some of the characters.

Leah Carlson & Steven Harding are the main love interest in this story, but what I love about Miralee’s writing is the multi-generational points of view.  In addition to Leah & Steven, portions of the book are also written from several of the other character’s points of view such as Leah’s dad Charles, and her brother Tom.

I also really like that all of Miralee’s main characters have very distinct and different personalities.  Her heroines are never the same type of girl.  Leah’s personality is almost an opposite of Katherine’s (the heroine from book 1).  She’s out spoken, quick to anger, has a hard time communicating her softer feelings, yet is an extremely hard worker.  She’s a fascinating character, and one you can route for with your whole heart on account of both her strengths and flaws!

Set in Oregon, in 1881, the story is about relationships, healing from past heartaches, and reconciliation.  Leah’s mother died when she was a girl, her brother ran away not long after, and her father has had an increasing drinking problem ever since, that keeps him from fulfilling his duties on the ranch he owns.  Desperate to keep the home she loves, Leah runs the ranch as best she can.  To help out this woman to captivates him so, Steven comes to live as a hired hand on the ranch when circumstances find him needing a new place to live.  He’s not there long before Tom shows up out of the blue, and he often wonders what he’s gotten himself into between all of Leah’s family discord.  Somehow, he just can’t seem to stop wanting to be by her side though.

Dreaming on Daises is one of those books that’s really worth your time.  The in-depth character relationships and sincere peak through the different character’s perspectives will leave you wholly satisfied.  Not to mention, that a happy ending doesn’t hurt too!  ;)

I was provided a review copy of this book.