Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Dandelion Field Book Review

SUMMARY:  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 that romance can bloom in the rockiest of situations.  And God can turn the pieces of a broken past into a beautiful new beginning.

REVIEW:  This by far was one of the best books I've read.  I love how Gin and Dan support the young couple, when a lot of people are talking about them.  One thing that stand out are how the characters are all flawed, that no one has it all together, but they use those flaws to encourage each other and build each other up instead of tearing them down.  Teenage pregnancy is not an easy topic to write about, especially when it involves Christians who are also leaders in their community.  Cody is a leader in his school and youth group at church.  But he stands before them, admits his mistake and tries to learn from it instead of shirking his responsibilities.  Gin works hard to give Raine a good life and stands by her daughter when life gets tough.  Even though Gin's normal routine is to pick up and run, she stays put in Banister Falls to give her daughter every opportunity to become the woman she is suppose to be.
     This is an awesome book, that though it deals with a tough subject matter, handles it with delicacy, grit and wonder.  Check it out.  

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan for review without compensation.

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 stories of her own.  Kathryn has written nineteen books with close to two million copies sold.  She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin.  Find her on Facebook at Kathrynspringerauthor.

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