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Review: The Dandelion Field

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Review: The Dandelion Field

The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springerthedandelionfield
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Ginivieve Lightly has never been given a reason to trust a man. From the father who walked out before she was born, to the four stepfathers who saw her as a target for abuse, to the boyfriend who walked out the minute she told him of her pregnancy, every single one has cemented the “men are NOT to be trusted” mantra into her being. She doesn’t trust many women either. Most are jealous of her looks or judge her single mom status as meaning she has loose morals, without even trying to get to know her. Gin has spent a lifetime dragging her daughter from place to place, always keeping a packed suitcase in the closet ready to move on. Gin parents her daughter by doing the things “she wished her mother had done for her.” Instead of people they’ve met and befriended, Gin’s photo albums are filled with the places they’ve been.

When her car dies in Banister Falls, Wisconsin, Gin’s daughter, Raine, convinces her to stay at least until she graduates from high school in the spring. Reluctantly, Gin agrees, taking a job as a waitress in the local greasy spoon. When Raine announces her pregnancy, Gin is sure history is repeating itself yet again in her family. What she’s not prepared for is Dan Moretti, father figure to Raine’s boyfriend, Cody Bennett. Both men step up, showing both Gin and Raine that not all men run.

Can Gin stay in Banister Falls, facing the censure of nearly every woman she meets, in order to give her daughter a chance at a rare love? Her default is to run to the next place, but will she find the strength to stay?

I loved this book! Every new tidbit that Springer drops about Gin in the story is like breadcrumbs leading to the woman she has become. She is strong but very vulnerable and I loved that Dan saw that early on. I also loved that he steadfastly stood by his best friend’s widow, thinking he was “in love” when he simply loved her as his friend. He is one of the good guys and was a very sigh-worthy hero!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good clean romance. You won’t be sorry you picked it up! I’m looking forward to Banister Falls #2, “The Hearts We Mend.”

Rating PG: There is a teen pregnancy and a few situations that get pretty uncomfortable that would be difficult for the young reader to understand.

Reviewer’s copy was personally purchased.

 

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