Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review - The Dandelion Field


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 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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I just loved this story from page one all the way to the end! I finished the book in two days because I just couldn't put the book down for long before wanting to pick it up and find out what happens next!

Gin is a single mom of Raine, a senior in high school.The have settled in a small town because Raine wanted to graduate from high school in the same school she started her senior year in. They move around a lot because Gin is always running when things get too hard for her to handle. She keeps a packed suitcase in her closet at all times as a reassurance that she can pick up and leave whenever she wants. She has been terribly hurt her whole life and she has a wall up that no one gets past until she meets Dan, a local firefighter captain. 

Her meeting with Dan comes about because he is a father-figure for Cody, who is Raine's boyfriend. Cody's mom is a widow of a firefighter/hero and Dan has always been there for both of them and helps them out all the time. Dan has never married and, although he has always had feelings for Cody's mom, Evie, things have never gone further than friendship. When he meets Gin, his heart belongs to her whether she wants it or not.

I don't want to give away any of this wonderful story. It's one to be enjoyed and savored by you alone, however, I will say I loved how the author showed how God is always there for us, even if we think He's not or hasn't been. I love how she shows how God pursues us and what happens if we really listen to Him. I enjoyed so much the different levels of faith that the different characters had. Those strong in the faith showing love and leading those who were just beginning to understand who God is. She also showed the church as a place of flawed people. There are those who were very loving and some who weren't, but the love always shone through and it was really beautiful.

I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. It drew me in, made me care about the characters and you never really knew exactly what was going to happen. I do love a book that isn't predictable! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. How nice to hear about this book and your review! I need to read more. I just don't do it much now days. Thanks so much for popping in to see me and hope you'll come back sometimes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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