The Dandelion Field   -     By: Kathryn Springer
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The Dandelion Field

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Nothing has ever come easy for single mom Genevieve Lightly. Over the years, she's managed to pay the bills waitressing, and she is deeply devoted to her daughter, Raine. Gin has been satisfied moving from city to city, never putting down roots or making commitments. But when engine trouble temporarily strands them in the small town of Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin promises her daughter they will stay put until Raine graduates from high school in the spring.

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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310339634
ISBN-13: 9780310339632

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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 Facebook: Kathrynspringerauthor

Editorial Reviews

'Springer . . . infuses her engrossing narrative with believable characters whose personal struggles ring true. [A]n excellent choice for . . . book discussion groups.'
“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 life’s 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

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  1. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Such an Enjoyable Read!
    June 6, 2016
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The baby is mine". Four little words with an everlasting impact.

    Ginevieve Lightly's daughter is going to be an unwed teen-age mother, just the thought fills Gin's mind with unpleasant memories; where to go, what to do, how to begin, . . . . . should it begin. The baby's father is an honor student with a bright future, a lifelong resident of Bannister Falls, Wisconsin, and incredibly nice, but not likely to stick around. They never do.

    Dan Moretti has practically raised his best friend's son, Cody Bennett, after the tragic death of Cody's father, who died tragically in the line of duty as a firefighter. Cody's mom, Evie, and Dan have known each other all their life, so stepping in as a surrogate parent, of sorts, seemed perfectly natural. Coming to grips with the fact that Cody is going to be a dad, is a disappointment for both of them, but gets increasingly more difficult after Dan meets Raine Lightly's beautiful mother. What is her story? And why does she stir Dan's heart like no other? Even Evie?

    "The Dandelion Field" is a menagerie of truths, doing the right thing, saying the right thing, being the right person, at the right time. It takes a lot of courage and faith in a God who is patient and kind with new beginnings.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Six star book
    October 3, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was great! I enjoyed it immensely. It moved along. It dealt with a sensitive topic. Teen pregnancy to an unwed mother. But, it did it well. The point was that you need to turn to Christ to keep going forward. It was good. I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
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    May 27, 2015
    Christian Fictionista
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh, 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!
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dandelion Field
    April 15, 2015
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Gin 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.
  5. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent combination of coming-of-age and grown-up romance
    February 26, 2015
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Gin 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.
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