Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

  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.

I received a copy of THE DANDELION FIELD from BookLook for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.  Below is some more information about the book from their website.

Book Description

The handsome firefighter makes a living coming to people's rescue, but Gin is used to fighting her own battles.
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?
About the Author
Kathryn Springer is a full-time writer and the award-winning author of Front Porch Princess. She won the ACFW 2009 Book of the Year award for Family Treasures. Her most recent book, The Soldier's Newfound Family, hit theNew York Times best-seller list in November 2012.
Kathryn 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.

1 comment:

  1. Good review. I especially like your comments on the diner setting in the novel. I hadn't thought of it in that way.