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.
What a story! I picked up The Dandelion Field one evening and didn't stop reading until I'd finished it—I was that engrossed in the story!
Each character in the story was intriguing, from Gin and her daughter Raine to firefighter Dan and Raine's boyfriend Cody to Dan's big crazy family and Gin's coworkers. I especially loved Ginevieve's character, and I felt myself completely drawn into her problems and pulling for her to succeed.
The romance between Dan and Gin is sweet and builds slowly (but not too slowly), and the obstacles between them felt genuine, rather than just thrown in to create conflict. The romance between Cody and Raine also felt true to life. Really, that "realness" is what makes The Dandelion Field stand out from so many other books.
This is a book that I could see myself reading multiple times—it's simply fantastic! 5 stars.
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Get ready for Valentine's Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer's The Dandelion Field. The handsome firefighter makes a living “coming to the rescue,” but Gin is used to fighting her own battles. Can a woman who doesn't believe in happy endings take a chance on a new beginning?
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