THE DANDELION FIELD's Wisconsin setting and Wisconsin author (Kathryn Springer) are what first caught my attention. I am glad they did because this is a well written thoughtful novel. I don't read too many contemporary novels, especially if they carry the label romance, but this book has much more to offer. No one character dominates the story. Single moms, Evie and Ginevieve, both are young to be mothering teenagers. Both want a better future for their kids. Despite those similarities their worlds in small town Bannister Falls are totally separate, that is until they learn about Gin's daughter's pregnancy and her declaration that Evie's son is the father. As Evie's dear friend and Cody's surrogate dad Dan tries to help everyone navigate the gossip and tough decisions the young couple faces, it appears that Dan may be interested in Gin. How can that be when he has been waiting for years for Evie to be ready for a relationship beyond friendship?
Both Gin and Evie are well developed characters. Tiny details layer throughout the book providing the basis for a developing bond, one they don't even realize. The greasy spoon diner in the bad part of town where Gin works is the perfect setting to show that Gin is not the flaky, outlandish newcomer that many believe; it is also the perfect place to teach everyone a few lessons about compassion, new starts, and going the extra mile for others. The title THE DANDELION FIELD has its own story, a lesson in love and parenting -- a reminder that we all can use.
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