Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

Kathryn Springer's latest book, The Dandelion Field, shows how God can take the broken pieces of a person's past and make something beautiful.

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.


 Meet the author  
Kathryn Springer, winner of the 2009 ACFW Carol Award (Family Treasures), grew up in a small town 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. Encouraging women in their faith journey is the reason Kathryn loves to write inspirational fiction. When she isn't at the computer, you'll find her sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee and a good book or walking the trails near her country home.
Find Kathryn online: website, Facebook

Here is my review of this wonderful fiction read:

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.

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