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Dan Moretti couldn't imagine a life without Evie, but she married his best friend. After Max died while fighting a huge blaze, Dan has looked out for Evie and her son, Cody. Evie has always made it clear she thinks of him only as a friend, but Dan has secretly held out hope that her feelings would change. When a small town scandal erupts, Dan is caught in the middle and his loyalty put to the test when he realizes his feelings are the ones that are changing. He's falling for a beautiful, unconventional waitress named Gin.
As Cody and Raine move closer to making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, Dan makes a decision, too. But can he convince a woman who doesn't believe in happy endings to take a chance on a new beginning . . . with him?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2015
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This handsome firefighter makes a living coming to the rescue, but Gin doesn't need a man to fight her battles.
After Raines dad walked out, Ginevieve Lightly never lived in one place too long, a rambling lifestyle that defined her daughters 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 thats compromised when Raine reveals shes 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.
This is a wonderful and heartfelt small-town, feel-good story. Told from three different points of view, the story weaves themes of forgiveness, family and learning to trust God when faced with lifes struggles. The characters feel genuine, and the tender tone, as well as the ending, is sure to bring a smile to readers faces. With great attention to detail, Springer has written an engaging novel filled with romance, family drama and touch of humor. Romantic Times
Christian Fictionista5 Stars Out Of 5Add to the Keeper ShelfMay 27, 2015Christian FictionistaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh, wow! This is Christian fiction at its finest. This novel deals with current issues in a heart-wrenching and redemptive way. The reader journeys with the characters through a mind field of emotions and complications that culminate into a hope-filled ending. I can't wait for Kathryn Springer's next novel to place with this one on my keeper shelf!
Deana4 Stars Out Of 5Dandelion FieldApril 15, 2015DeanaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Gin is trying to make it on her own in a little town. She has a daughter named Raine she is raising by herself. It has been hard on her to be in this little town with all the rumors that have spread about her. She doesn't need anyone to help her or so she thinks. Her daughter tells her something one day that will change them forever .
Gin must decide what this news will do to her daughters future. Will she be strong enough to stand with her daughter ? Can Raine overcome this setback? Will the man she has come to know help her or turn his back on Gin and her daughter?
This is a story of survival, overcoming obstacles and letting down walls of u forgiveness and pride. It is never easy to ask for help when you have always had to depend on yourself. Gin has never really trusted anyone but as the story progresses, she finds that she needs to trust when her daughter needs help making a life changing decision.
Overall the book has a great message and very intense characters that make you want to help push them along so they can see what letting go of pride can do. We all have or will deal with the issue of pride, unforgiveness or standing beside someone in their time of need. Gin is a strong woman but she realizes that something is missing in her life. Will she find God? Will she let the kind hearted fireman into her heart? Can Raine be strong after she makes a decision that changes her destiny?
I am looking forward to more from this author. She writes with charm and great passion for her characters.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent combination of coming-of-age and grown-up romanceFebruary 26, 2015IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Gin Lightly and her daughter, Raine, have been living in Bannister Falls for Raines senior year of high school, after their car died on their way to nowhere in particular. Now Raine has dropped a bombshell which might mean they are here for longer than planned
I had a slight hitch with Ginevieves name at first. I thought it was an alternative spelling of Guinevere (pronounced something like Gwyn-ev-ere), yet her nickname is Gin. Yes, just like the drink. Any sympathy I might have had for Gins fictional mother giving her such an awful name went downhill when I found out Gin named her daugher Raine. Raine Lightly. Ouch. Mind you, Ive known a couple of people in real life whose names were no better.
Anyway, what about the book? In a word, excellent. Unplanned teenage pregnancy isnt an easy subject, and its not one that Ive come across much in Christian fiction. The Dandelion Field dealt with it well, and I would hope that the supportive church environment Raine and Cody were in was typical (although I fear it isnt). I particularly enjoyed the growing relationship between Dan and Gin, an unlikely couple at first introduction, yet a couple who deserve their happy-ever-after.
Besides the romance, I found The Dandelion Field a fascinating looking at the two women, Gin and Evie. Both were teenage mothers and are now single parents. The difference is Gins always been a single mother, having been dragged up by a single mother who kicked her out when she got pregnant and her boyfriend dumped her. Shes never been financially stable, but has done her best to give her daughter a love-filled upbringing, even if they did move around a lot trying to find something better.
Evie did everything right, in that she got married first. Her husband died, which at least left her financially secure enough that shes living in a house with a car that runs reliably, and isnt scraping for every dollar like Gin is. Yet she has her own issues, particularly that shes never really moved on from being the widow who relies on her childhood best friend, Dan, to be at her beck and call. As a result, Cody hasnt really grown up without a father figure: hes had Dan and all the other firemen. Raine has had no one. Cody has been raised in church; Raine hasnt, and for that reason Evie blamed Raine.
My one problem with The Dandelion Field is that some things were a little too perfectCody was the perfect guy (except for this one mistake), but even that he managed perfectly. He was supported by a perfect church, and perfect friends. Okay, they werent really perfect, perhaps just a little less flawed than normal people. In fact, the only imperfect Christian was Evie.
But this is Christian fiction, and a lot of Christian fiction presents an idealised view of the world. The Dandelion Field had the courage to venture out of the Christian bubble yet without crossing the line into edgy or worldly. And lets be honest: were reading romance. We want a perfect hero, and The Dandelion Field offered two. It would be churlish to complain.
Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5The Dandelion FieldFebruary 13, 2015CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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! Kathryns 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!
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5You are going to love these characters as they jump off the page and into your hearts.February 7, 2015KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Saturday, 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.
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.***