Saturday, January 24, 2015

Reveiw - THE DANDELION FIELD by Kathryn Springer

The Dandelion Field

ARC Review
RELEASE DATE : January 27, 2015

My Rating:  4 of 5 Stars

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. "


Kathryn did a wonderful job of this story of two people from the opposite sides of the track stepping out of the stereotyping. As I read this book I was torn between two sets of main characters.

Raine is a normal 17yr old girl who is once again the new girl at school. She is not as fortunate as most in the school and it treated as such. Being matched with Cody as her class partner forces them to spend some time with one another. Raine must fight the urge to run as she has learned from her mom. In time they become faced with some pretty serious adult situations. I am not sure that most 17-18 year olds would have handled quite as well as they did. I commend these young adults for their maturity.

Gin who has raised Raine solely by herself for the past 17 yrs is a strong but not so confident woman. She is persistent in being there for Raine unlike her mom was. When Cody’s mom turns to Dan for some help the last thing she expected was for Dan to be concerned about Gin’s feeling in all of this. This small religious town was not quite prepared for what was coming. Can Gin let the past go and learn to open her heart and risk being hurt once again?

Will the sort things out before it is too late?

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