Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: The Dandelion Field by Katheryn Springer (Litfuse Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Title: The Dandelion Field
Author: Kathryn Springer
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0-310-33963-2
Publication Date: January 27th, 2015

Synopsis:
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.
Review:
This was a book that was hard to put down. It had raw emotions flowing through the whole story and it kept pushing you to see what decisions were going to be made. It had a very real story line that is being played out in almost every city in US. You may even know someone who is dealing with the tough decisions faced.

Ginevieve is a woman who has had a long and hard road in her thirty six years. She has dealt with more then some do in their whole life. And for half of her life, she's been on her own, raising her daughter, who she loves more then anything. She is a young mom, who is proud that her daughter has done so well in school and is looking forward to her going to college. Having lived the life she did, when her daughter announces she is pregnant, she doesn't hesitate to support and love her daughter and be there for her. She does everything opposite to how her mother treated her. Gin's strength and determination is just beautiful to see.

Raine is a young girl, who has been dragged pillar to post in her mom's gypsy lifestyle. She demanded that for her senior year, that she finish in one school. She is an innocent girl who would love to have friends and fit in. However, the doubts she has is heartbreaking. Cody is her rock of a friend and a great show that not all boys are creeps. However, a mistake is made and they have to step up and be responsible and handle everything together.

I have to say, I give major props to Cody. He is an awesome kid.

Now Dan...I loved his character. He is the epitome of what a bookish hero is. He is a guy who really is kind of pushed into the center of this new family's troubles, even though he isn't related by blood. Instead of running, he jumps in with both feet and offers support to everyone. As the story progresses and he and Gin get to know each other, you just root for him more and wish that the Dan's of life were easier to find!

I enjoyed this story a lot. I was kind of sad to see it end in all honesty. With the ending, I was left wondering over some things...and quietly hoping that there is a possibility of revisiting Banister Falls.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
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.





Giveaway:
Get ready for Valentine's Day with a new story of romance and falling in love in Kathryn Springer's The Dandelion FieldThe 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? 

Celebrate a second chance at love and family with Kathryn by entering her Kindle Fire giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • The Dandelion Field
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 16th on the Litfuse blog.

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Thank you to Litfuse and Zondervan, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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