The Dandelion Field

Paperback | November 24, 2016

byKathryn Springer

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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 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.

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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 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 unt...

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 stor...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:November 24, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310339634

ISBN - 13:9780310339632

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from You are going to love these characters as they jump off the page and into your hearts. 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.***
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Repeating 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.
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An exceptional story about flawed people, the power of faith and hope in a future Emotionally gripping. I was invested in Gin's story from the first page. We just clicked. Such a wounded character with a chip on her shoulder the size of the Rock of Gibraltar! Gin has layers of bitterness protecting her battered heart and it takes a special man and some divine intervention to get through to her. Dan's the perfect match for Gin, even if neither of them see it from the get go. He's solid, dependable and has a thick skin which means he won't back down when something is important. He's the first man Gin can't freeze out...and the first one in a long time she might not want to. Then there's Raine and Cody's story expertly intertwined throughout the book. It provides the catalyst for a lot of the conflict between Gin and Dan. A conflict that gradually eases into a truce and then develops into romance. It's not an easy journey for either of them but Gin struggles the most, I think. She has major trust issues and her fight or flight response seems to be hardwired into her brain. If she's not putting up barriers, she's on the verge of running scared. How is Dan supposed to cope with all that? He very nearly doesn't and Springer keeps her readers in romantic suspense right to the end. An exceptional story about flawed people, the power of faith and hope in a future. My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book.
Date published: 2015-02-04

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"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