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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Dandelion Field...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.

Single mom Ginevieve is not one to stay in any place too long. But, her teenage daughter wants to finish her senior year of high school. Wanting her daughter to have a future that includes college, Gin has done everything she could to ensure that. When Raine admits she pregnant, Gin sees that future swirling away. Raine's boyfriend Cody is the all-American good, Christian kid. He loves Raine and wants to marry her and raise their baby. His mom isn't all that supportive. His dad's best friend is more encouraging. Together, they all must navigate this new reality and, in the process, Dan and Gin must confront their feelings for each other.

I was not familiar with Kathryn Springer and I read The Dandelion Field more on a whim than anything else. I am so glad I did. I loved these characters. I ended up with a vested interest in them.

The perspectives alternate between Raine, Dan and Gin and it works. Their voices are authentic, their fears and frustrations genuine. The writing is descriptive and the story compelling. I couldn't put it down and I didn't want it to end.

The story is clean and Christian and I appreciated that these teenagers understood the consequences of their actions and took responsibility but, more importantly, I loved that their parents worked through everything with them. If I have any complaints, it's that the story ended too soon and without an epilogue! I wanted more.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Kathryn Springer here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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