The Dandelion Field

The Dandelion Field

by Kathryn Springer

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The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310339632
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,255,837
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Visit her online at kathrynspringer.com Facebook: Kathrynspringerauthor

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The Dandelion Field


By Kathryn Springer

ZONDERVAN

Copyright © 2014 Kathryn Springer
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-310-33963-2


CHAPTER 1

Okay, Ginevieve. What's bugging you?"

Besides being called Ginevieve?

Gin's back teeth snapped together so she wouldn't be tempted to say the words out loud. Even though a side dish of sarcasm accompanied every blue plate special Sue Granger served to her customers, Gin's boss didn't tolerate it from the hired help.

"Nothing." Gin knew she sounded like a surly twelve-year-old, but she couldn't help it. It had been that kind of morning.

"Right." The handle of a wooden spoon found a sensitive spot between Gin's shoulder blades and dug in like a cattle prod, herding her toward the back of the diner. "You got ten thumbs today, and none of them are working right."

"Sue—"

"Sit."

Gin sat.

Sue maneuvered her barrel-shaped frame into the booth and shoved a plastic coffee carafe across the table.

"When you hired me, you said you weren't going to be my mother," Gin dared to remind her.

"If I remember correctly, I also told you not to jerk my chain." Sue's top lip peeled back, revealing a row of teeth stained a delicate shade of sepia from years of smoking filterless Camels.

Gin hadn't forgotten. And so far, out of a healthy respect for the woman who signed her weekly paychecks, she hadn't touched her chain either.

The day after her car died in Banister Falls, Gin had spotted a Help Wanted sign in the window of a diner two blocks off Main Street. The building, propped up between Eddie's Bar and an auto parts store, wore a shaggy coat of charcoal-gray paint. The tattered awning, pulled low over the windows like an old tweed cap, shielded its weathered face from the sun.

My Place. Some people might think the diner's name showed a complete lack of imagination. Or a surplus of arrogance. But the moment she'd met Sue Granger, Gin knew it wasn't either one. The hand-painted sign above the door was a victory banner. Through bits and pieces of kitchen gossip, she'd discovered that Sue had broken free from an alcohol addiction and an ex-husband who'd kicked her around instead of the dog.

Gin's own life hadn't exactly been the proverbial bed of roses, but compared to Sue's, she'd given up all whining rights. She wasn't about to claim them now.

"Really. I'm fine. But I better get back to work." Gin strove to keep her voice light. "My boss let a waitress go last week for slacking off."

"Was that the rumor?" Sue snorted. "I can deal with a person slacking off once in a while. It's stupid that gets you fired." She leaned forward, elbows on the table, hands steepled together. "Now. Tell Dr. Susie everything."

Gin couldn't. That's what was driving her crazy. She had no clue what was going on with her daughter.

Ordinarily she wasn't the kind of mother who overreacted. Besides that, she and Raine were close. They didn't keep secrets from each other. The girl left her journal lying around in plain sight. Read parts of it out loud, for goodness' sake.

Maybe she isn't happy here.

Guilt seeped in, adding another layer to the weight that had been pressing down on Gin since she'd left the house that morning.

Banister Falls, Wisconsin—population 8,112—wasn't exactly a hot spot of excitement for an eighteen-year-old girl. Or her thirty-six-year-old mother, if anyone was asking. But it was Raine's senior year, and she was the one who'd made Gin promise they would stay put until graduation. Even though the thought of staying in one place for more than a few months left Gin with what Raine liked to call the Turtleneck Sweater Syndrome.

Gin didn't like turtlenecks. They were uncomfortable. Tight. Like someone's hands were wrapped around her throat, cutting off her air.

And Gin needed to breathe.

"One. Two."

Gin's head snapped up and her gaze met Sue's, fascinated and terrified as to what would happen if her boss actually made it to three.

"Raine wasn't feeling good when I left for work," she blurted.

"So?"

"She said it was cramps."

Hormones. A girl's get-out-of-jail-free card.

"But you don't believe her."

"I should." Except Gin had seen the statistics on eating disorders in teenage girls. As she'd hovered outside the bathroom door, it sounded like Raine had been throwing up.

On the way to the diner, Gin had taken an inventory of the food she'd seen Raine eat over the past few days. Tuna melts for supper. A bagel with cream cheese for breakfast—the girl loved carbs—but Raine had turned down the slice of lemon meringue pie Gin brought home from work the night before.

Sue snapped her fingers under Gin's nose. "Hello. Still having a conversation here."

"I think she might be bulimic." There. She had said it out loud. But saying the word didn't make her feel better. Now Gin felt as if she were going to be sick.

"Bulimic, huh?" Sue fished a pack of Camels from the pocket of her stained apron and struck it against the side of the table in a blatant disregard for the grease-spattered No Smoking sign that divided the salt and pepper shakers.

Gin's fingers twitched. She'd quit years ago, but fear had the power to resurrect a small contingent of nostalgic, nicotine-loving cells. "Raine's always been thin, but she's never obsessed about her weight the way some girls do." She suddenly remembered that Raine hadn't asked for lunch money the day before.

"Morning sickness?"

The question slammed into Gin. Her entire body jerked from the impact. "Sue!"

The older woman didn't flinch. "Just a question. My first-grade teacher said there was no such thing as a stupid one."

"Except that one." No matter that she was speaking to her boss, Gin wasn't in the mood to be polite. "Raine wouldn't ... She isn't even dating anyone, for Pete's sake. She has a ... a friend. They worked together on a school project a few months ago, but that's it."

Sue opened her mouth. Closed it again.

"What?"

"None of my business."

Now it was none of her business? Gin's eyes narrowed. "Do you know something?"

"Yeah." Sue's voice was as dry as an AA meeting. "Teenage girls who claim that a guy is just a friend."

"This one is. Trust me. He's not the type that would get Raine's attention." Or hold it. Gin had met Cody Bennett once, and he could be the poster child for small-town Middle America. Clean-cut, upright, and green as a cornstalk.

"Whatever you say."

"Raine's a great kid," Gin persisted. "She has goals. Dreams."

Sue pursed her lips and blew a plume of gray smoke into the air. Shrugged. "So did we."

CHAPTER 2

Four missed calls.

Dan Moretti frowned as he scrolled through the list of phone numbers. All from Evie Bennett and all within the past few hours.

He was about to press number one on speed dial when Hopper Jones, the youngest member of the crew, poked his head around the partition that separated Dan's sleeping quarters from the rest.

"Evie called while you were gone. Twice." Hopper's teasing smile, all but hidden under the tangle of rusty barbed wire he insisted on calling a mustache, warned Dan that the news had already circulated through the fire station.

Adrenaline spiked, heating the blood that pulsed through Dan's veins as he downloaded the information. "Did she say why?"

"That's a negative, Captain. I told her you were at an all-day training session." The smile slipped a notch. "Do you think everything is okay?"

"I'll give her a call." Dan dodged the question. "I'm heading home now anyway." He peeled off his T-shirt and waited for his friend to leave before he returned Evie's call.

She answered on the first ring. "Danny."

The slight hitch in Evie's voice was as unusual as a call to the fire station when he was on duty. "What's wrong?"

"Cody." Evie said the one name that had the power to send Dan's heart crashing into his rib cage. "The vice principal called and said he left the school grounds without permission right after lunch. She wanted to know if I knew about it. If he had an appointment or got sick and forgot to check in with the nurse."

Her words funneled out in a single breath, and Dan tried to sort through them as he propped his shoulder against the locker and yanked off a boot. "Cody went home sick?"

"That's what I'm trying to tell you. I don't know because he hasn't come home at all." Evie's voice thinned, her usual calm stripped away, leaving the bare wires of her deepest fears exposed. "He missed supper and he's not answering his cell phone. I called Sam and Ben, but they didn't even know Cody had left early."

"How did he get to school this morning?"

"He walked ... but when I got home, the Jeep was gone. He must have come back for it."

"I'll take a drive through town." Dan reached for his coat as adrenaline burned away the fatigue from a day spent teaching an incident command seminar at the local technical college. "Maybe he drove out to the ridge."

"It's February! The campground is closed for the season. Why would he go there?"

"It's his thinking place."

"But Cody always answers his phone ..."

Unless.

The unspoken word pulsed in the silence between them.

Dan dragged in a breath. "Cell phone batteries die. And reception is spotty out there, so he might not know you've been trying to reach him. I'm sure he'll be walking through the door any minute."

"Okay." Evie didn't sound too sure.

Dan could picture her standing in front of the window in the living room, spinning her gold wedding band round and round on her finger. A common default whenever she was upset—as if touching a part of Max, however small, would give her courage.

Dan didn't hold it against her. The shield from his best friend's helmet, charred and misshapen from the heat of the flames, was pinned to the visor of his truck. He and Evie both had their touchstones. Their ways of keeping Max's memory alive.

He tried to think of something that would make her smile. "Did you check J. C. Penney?"

Silence followed the question, and Dan hoped she didn't think he was making light of the situation. She'd called him in for reinforcements that time too. Dan had left work and helped her search every aisle of the store. They'd finally found the missing six-year-old in a far corner of the footwear department, lining up a pocketful of plastic action figures on a bunker made from discarded shoe boxes.

"He's eighteen. He's supposed to know better."

Dan heard the shimmer of a smile in her voice and released the breath he'd been holding. "He's still a guy. Sometimes we forget. I'll call you soon—and don't worry."

"I won't."

They both knew she was lying.


(Continues...)

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WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I began The Dandelion Field with no expectations, except hoping that I would like it. The synopsis sounded like I would and I liked the cover. I'm so happy that I took a chance on this one because I absolutely loved it! The inspiration was light and natural with a good message. The characters all had depth and pulled me in. The plot moved well and kept me intrigued. The friendships and family were portrayed well. And the romance. I just loved it!! If you enjoy reading inspirational contemporary romance (or really romance at all) I'd highly recommend The Dandelion Field. It was one of those books that pulled all the emotions from me, made me think, and left me feeling happy and content. Those are the best books, where you turn the last page and sigh and almost wish it didn't have to end. Source: I received a complimentary review copy through Litfuse Publicity, which did not affect my review in any way.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
The Dandelion Field, By: Kathryn Springer What an excellent  book by Kathryn Springer! This is the first book that I have ever read by her. I so loved it! Kathryn’s other books will definitely be added to my reading list! I knew that this book had captured my attention from the very first chapter. Be sure to have some tissues handy with this book. This book brings out feelings and emotions in you that you thought were buried in your past! Makes you open your eyes and think about things. 5 stars! Get your copy today!
StaceyNV More than 1 year ago
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Kathryn Springer and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Dandelion Field" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me. “The Dandelion Field” by Kathryn Springer is a heart-warming love story. Ginevieve and Raine never stay in one place for long. In fact, this mother-daughter team keeps a packed suitcase available at all times for a quick escape. Dan has loved Evie since they were children, but bowed out gracefully when their best friend, Max, married her. So when Max died on the job as a firefighter, it just came naturally for Dan to be a father-figure to Max and Evie’s son, Cody, although nothing developed romantically between Dan and Evie. Now that Cody is a senior in high school, there are other challenges: go to college, follow in his father’s footsteps. Then another challenge entered the mix: Cody’s friendship with Raine developed into a bit more and now all the lives involved are about to turn upside down. “The Dandelion Field” is a well-written tale with beautifully complex characters and thoughtful plot development. The ending feels a bit abrupt if you don’t have a few moments to sit and let your imagination take a few steps beyond the final page. But overall, this is a highly entertaining and thought-provoking read. I recommend it enthusiastically.
HeartofaBookWorm More than 1 year ago
What a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL Book!  The Dandelion Field is a story that many have experienced first hand, and Kathryn Springer did an amazing job telling it!                         Cody and Raine are typical teens, loving life,  attending church,  and planning for their future.  One day they meet one another and the rest is history as they say! They fell hard and fast for one another! Raine's Mom, Gin is an independent woman who doesn't really like to stay put in one town very long. She doesn't have a lot of faith when it comes to men and relationships. So when she finds out that Raine is pregnant she is not happy at all! I remember when a couple in the church I was attending, got pregnant and they had to leave the church due to the fact that the guy was in a leadership position. I remember being so upset but  I could understand why as I got older. The author does such a wonderful job of sharing each persons struggles! Gin struggles not only with how all of this will affect Raine's future, but it's making her look right into her own issues she has with relationships and how she deals with them. Will she be able to give into the feelings that continue to arise for Dan, or will she pack up and leave again? Dan is my favorite person in this storyline! He is the ever faithful friend who happens to be a good looking Fireman, who loves to care for and rescue those who might need his help! In his eyes, Gin needs to be rescued, and he is just the man for the job! I love how this story reveals the Grace of God in such a powerful way! Not only that, but also how if we are willing to look within ourselves and see what needs to be fixed or changed and we allow God to do what HE wishes,  oh my, it is soo powerful!!  Thank you LitFuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion! I say it is a DEFINITE 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s!!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I just finished reading these books for the second time, and the story is just as beautiful as the first time I read it. I wish there were more books in this series! Sweet love stories and small town goodness wrapped up together with real life issues. And God at the center, watching out for all of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story very close to real life for sure.
averagejo More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended Both books are stand alone but yet, the first intertwines with the other. Can people from the wrong side of town be accepted by those living on the other side. The two books are filled with surprises and have clean romance.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I loved the themes in this story of accepting consequences, looking for the good in others, and unconditional love and friendship. I got to know the characters in this book when I read the sequel first (I seem to be doing that a lot lately...) so reading this was like visiting old friends and discovering new stories about them. I would recommend reading them in order if you can, though ;) I liked seeing how Gin's upbringing directly influenced her attitudes but she was willing to change and try for the sake of her daughter. The steadiness of Dan's character is huge for both Gin and Raine, and as they become included under the shelter of his protective nature, he is an example of Christlike love to them. It was interesting to have the younger perspective of Cody and Raine as well as the adults; it made for a richer and more rounded telling of the story and all the emotions from various perspectives. The changing point of view never felt unbalanced and was skillfully woven as the plot unfolded. A heartfelt story of choices, consequences, and blessings. (Thank you to Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Dandelion Field is Kathryn Springer’s first Banister Falls novel, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. Based on the description, I was pretty sure that this would be a story that I would enjoy, but I never thought that I would like it just as much as I did. Kathryn is a very talented writer, and she did a fabulous job on this novel, effortlessly weaving together love and pain, fear and trust. There are so many different emotions that run through you as you read this story, and that is part of what makes it just so enjoyable. I bounced back and forth between loving characters, feeling sorry for them, being angry at what they had to experience—either throughout the story or in their past—and that caused this book to really come to life for me. Gin Lightly is an extremely strong character! She faced so much in her past, and also has to deal with so many obstacles throughout the course of this book, but she remains strong, although I definitely wouldn’t say without fear. As a woman who keeps a half-packed suitcase in her closet so that she can leave at a moment’s notice, it is pretty obvious that she has a huge fear of real commitment, of staying even when things get tough. But when it comes to her daughter Raine, Gin would do anything, even promise to stay in the same town long enough for Raine to graduate high school. Unfortunately, maybe that wasn’t the best decision after all. Dan Moretti is such a solid character, although very different from Gin in many different ways. He doesn’t struggle with fear—with thoughts of leaving—like Gin does, but he does struggle to realize his own worth, though he doesn’t always know it. He is such a wonderful man, stepping in to help raise his best friend’s son after he passes away, always being there for anyone who needs him—especially Gin. She may not want his help, but she needs it, and that’s enough for Dan. By far, this has become one of my favorite books of all-time, and Kathryn has definitely become one of my favorite authors. I absolutely loved this story, and I cannot wait to read more of Kathryn’s books in the future, namely The Hearts We Mend—the second Bannister Falls novel—which is already sitting on my shelf waiting for me to finally pick it up. All in all, I definitely really enjoyed reading this book, I give it all five bookshelves, and I would highly recommend it. To everyone. I’m serious; this novel is a gem you won’t ever regret picking up. It’s the putting down that will give you trouble. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was not all fluff or unrealistic.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
 THE DANDELION FIELD's Wisconsin setting and Wisconsin author (Kathryn Springer) are what first caught my attention.  I am glad they did because this is a well written thoughtful novel.  I don't read too many contemporary novels, especially if they carry the label romance, but this book has much more to offer.  No one character dominates the story.  Single moms, Evie and Ginevieve, both are young to be mothering teenagers. Both want a better future for their kids. Despite those similarities their worlds in small town Bannister Falls are totally separate, that is until they learn about Gin's daughter's pregnancy and her declaration that Evie's son is the father.  As Evie's dear friend and Cody's surrogate dad Dan tries to help everyone navigate the gossip and tough decisions the young couple faces, it appears that Dan may be interested in Gin. How can that be when he has been waiting for years for Evie to be ready for a relationship beyond friendship? Both Gin and Evie are well developed characters.  Tiny details layer throughout the book providing the basis for a developing bond, one they don't even realize.  The greasy spoon diner in the bad part of town where Gin works is the perfect setting to show that Gin is not the flaky, outlandish newcomer that many believe; it is also the perfect place to teach everyone a few lessons about compassion, new starts, and going the extra mile for others.  The title THE DANDELION FIELD has its own story, a lesson in love and parenting -- a reminder that we all can use.  I received a copy of THE DANDELION FIELD from BookLook for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Gin's sassy attitude and quick one-liners were hilarious; both she and Dan were my favorite characters. Dan was such a wonderful guy, always there for Cody and his mom through the years and now for Gin and Raine. He was loyal and sweet and caring; there really aren't enough good words to describe him! I really liked Raine and Cody, too. It was very cool how we got a glimpse of past events through a memory of a character, for example, we got to see Raine and Cody's relationship as they met and fell for each other. The romance between Dan and Gin was sweet and funny, as she tries to hold him at arm's length because she has trouble trusting anyone, especially a man. Dan's family was wonderful, too, how they drew her in. The only character I had a harder time with was Evie, Cody's mom, because I felt like she was taking advantage of Dan, but she definitely made up for everything by the end of the book. The faith elements were cool, too, as in Gin's case especially she's made aware of how God has been watching out for her all along. It didn't seem like Dan knew about her new-found faith, though, which I think he should have before telling her how he felt. The story was well-written and I found myself rereading parts before I even moved on to the next page. I didn't want it to be over! I highly recommend this book if you like romance or stories that deal with a tough situation with humor. I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, February 7, 2015 The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer, © 2014 John Moretti is absolutely the best. And... he has taught me how to take care of orchids. He has also taken excellent care of his wife and family in giving them the freedom to be who they are with huge sprinklings of love. That's how they roll! Son and firefighter, Dan, isn't so sure of what his family is up to when his mom, Angela, invites a newcomer from church home for Sunday dinner. Actually, he has been trying to figure out his feelings ~* should he rescue Gin from the outbursts that just combust at their dinner table, or... shield himself from the flame he has been feeling? Ginevieve and her daughter Raine are stopping over in Banister Falls ~ according to their ill-fated auto... at least until Raine graduates this year from high school. But... contingencies seem to have stalled that plan as Raine has other options keeping her grounded nearby. The unlikelihood of repeating her life, Gin nails down and fervently supports Raine and her decisions bringing them both to another side they wouldn't have imagined of acceptance, love, and peace just waiting for them. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. --Isaiah 32:18 Gin and Raine find true friends and those that care about them, far beyond what they could have imagined. Steadfast, dependable, everlasting, from brokenness, despair and hearts that remember acceptance they so desperately needed in their young life. Joy found in honesty and trust in God for their now and their future. The dandelion field is all about love and what truly matters. Others. You are going to love these characters as they jump off the page and into your hearts. You will want to turn the next page, and the next page... but, they are all read. You've come to the end; they have come to the beginning. Congratulations to author Kathryn Springer. You have loped it out of the park! Graciousness and consideration for the love spilled from bound up hearts. Thank you. ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and TNZ Fiction for sending me a review copy of The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Dandelion Field was a wonderful and refreshing story that caught my attention from page one and didn’t let up…even at the end of the book. I still find myself thinking of these characters and their lives days later! The premise of the book is clearly stated in the book’s description, so I am not giving anything away by discussing the central theme that pulls the characters of Ginevieve and Raine Lightly together with Dan Moretti, Cody Bennett, and Evie Bennett. The situation is this: Raine and Cody are seniors who are about to graduate from high school and they shock both of their families with the announcement that Raine is pregnant and it is Cody’s child. I just love how realistic the reactions feel in this story. I know that every family experiencing this situation would respond in their own particular way. But, in this story there is disbelief and shock, as well as blame placing. There are concerns about how this will affect these young people’s futures. There is concern about how they will be treated at school, church, and around town. It is just so complex and so real. I liked all of the characters and how we even got to know Max (Cody’s late father) through flashbacks that Dan had. It really gave me a good insight on why Dan and Evie’s friendship was so complex, as well as how connected they both were to him. Gin and Dan were interesting characters. Gin had zero trust for men in her heart, and good reason for it, too. Dan was a solid rock for so many in the story. He played the role of father figure, friend, fire chief, and Christian role model. But, strangely enough, both Gin and Dan were still caught up in the past in many ways. He carried heavy burdens and unresolved feelings that only began to give way when he got to know Ginevieve. And Gin continually fought the need to flee challenging situations. I think one of the best things about this story was the way the main characters grew toward God as they grew toward each other. Cody, strong in his faith, and Raine, a new Christian, were everything I could admire in two young adults facing this surprise pregnancy. It was interesting to see how each handled the news and the way people treated them. The romantic threads that ran through both Cody and Raine’s story (I loved the flashbacks of how they met and connected), as well as Gin and Dan’s story were very well done. The storytelling just flowed for me. I loved this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
I think it's safe to say that The Dandelion Field is unlike any other book I've read recently, maybe ever. There are essentially two main stories running concurrently. One focuses on Raine and Cody and their unintended teenage pregnancy. The other focuses on Gin and Dan as adults who care about these teenagers in trouble, struggling with their own baggage, and possibly falling in love. There's a lot packed into these 350 pages, but Kathryn Springer pulls it off easily. The characters are fascinating. With four main characters and a decent-sized supporting cast, it would be easy to assume that they would be fairly simple or one-dimensional. Fortunately for us, the author does a phenomenal job of creating a full cast of characters that are real. They each have traits that made me love them, as well as flaws that made them human and baggage that made the story more interesting. From the very first page until well after I finished the book, I could not stop thinking about this story. It's beautiful, and I loved that the author faced some really difficult topics head on. Additionally, faith is central to the story and is a perfect complement to every aspect of the book. The Dandelion Field is a compelling story that tackles tough issues with humor, romance, and faith. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. In my opinion, it's a must read! [5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Talk about life repeating itself, author Kathryn Springer has done an amazing job of presenting a story, that does have life repeating, but with a tender heart. Ginevieve Lightly has had a rough road to travel, coming from a dysfunctional upbringing, and then a pregnant teen. Ginevieve’s daughter Raine is a remarkable young woman, she has led a life most of us wouldn’t want to, but her mother has always tended to her well being. She has spent most of her life on the road, her mother would move from town to town, but has been a quick learner, and done well in school. Her mother has promised she will be able to graduate from Banister Falls, and they remain put. Of course, the story does lead us to Raine repeating her mother’s actions, when she falls in love with a local boy, Cody. His father died when he was four, and a lifetime friend of his parents, has helped with his up bring. Cody looks up to Dan Moretti, who you will also come to love; his actions speak more than his words. What will become of these two young people on the brink of their lives, but now with a baby on the way? Will Cody abandon Raine, like her own father did, he is an excellent student and winning scholarships to college is assured. Will Raine be able to achieve her goals here, or end up much like her mom? Now don’t get me wrong, her mom has done a wonderful job of raising her, but they have lived from pillar to post. What about Dan, his attraction to Cody’s mom has existed before his friend Max ever dated her. How about his new spark towards Gin? Is that even possible? This is a real page-turner of a book, and you will never be able to guess how it is all going to turn out. Enjoy! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.