Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Dandelion Field

Dandelion Field Kathryn Springer

Book info and review

About the book:
This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn't need a man to fight her battles.

After Raine's dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that defined her daughter's youth. When their car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises Raine they can stay until she finishes her senior year of high school. Gin will do anything to make sure her daughter has a bright future . . . a future that's compromised when Raine reveals she's pregnant.

Dan Moretti has only ever called Banister Falls home. After losing his best friend in a tragic accident, Dan devoted himself to responding to fires, rescuing the helpless, and guiding Cody Bennett, his best friend's son, through life. With Cody being the epitome of the good kid, it was an easy job. Until he says four little words: "The baby is mine."

Knowing gossip of Raine's pregnancy will erupt sooner or later in the small town, Gin's reflex is to grab the suitcase and escape to a new city, a new life. But with each passing day, Gin's feet stay rooted in Banister Falls, and she falls a little more for this local firefighter who shows her not all men abandon women at the first sign of smoke.

As Gin and Dan do the best they can to guide the two teenagers through their early entry into adulthood, they discover together that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations. And God can turn the pieces of a broken past into a beautiful new beginning.

My thoughts:  THE DANDELION FIELD started out slow, but around chapter 5 or so something piqued my interest and I settled in for the read.  I loved getting to know all the characters in this book, and like Gin I ended up falling in love with Dan and his family.  I loved how Cody idolized Dan -- the man who raised him, but everyone thought it was his dad's footsteps he wanted to follow.  

Raine and Gin were both hurting characters, bruised and battered and more inclined to run than to put down roots. I felt for them, In many ways I could sympathize with the attitude though I haven't been in the same situations as them. 

I really loved THE DANDELION FIELD.  I haven't read any of Ms. Springer's other books, but will look them up. This will be going on my keeper shelf. Great book. One for my teen daughters to read, too. 

4.5 stars. 

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About the author: 
Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child she spent many hours sitting at her mother's typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books --- which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.

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