Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer


The Dandelion FieldThe Dandelion Field
by Kathryn Springer
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback352 Pages
January 27th 2015 by Zondervan

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 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.

    

My Review

I began The Dandelion Field with no expectations, except hoping that I would like it. The synopsis sounded like I would and I liked the cover. I'm so happy that I took a chance on this one because I absolutely loved it! The inspiration was light and natural with a good message. The characters all had depth and pulled me in. The plot moved well and kept me intrigued. The friendships and family were portrayed well. And the romance. I just loved it!!

So there are authors who can write fantastic dialogue and relationships and I feel like Springer is definitely counted as one of those that can. I loved the smart-alack sassiness of Gin. Her tough exterior, but soft heart. The way she fiercely protects her daughter. She's a hard worker, can put up with a lot of trash, but also has a soft spot for others who are low on luck. Then there was her daughter, Raine. I loved how the reader slowly gets to know her as her story is told. I loved this mother/daughter relationship and how realistic it was. They're tight, but there were also some issues between them. On the flip side was Evie and Cody. Their relationship was vastly different. Evie is still mourning the loss of her husband when Cody was around six years old. Cody doesn't remember a whole lot about his dad, but he knows the man that has raised him since: Dan. I loved, loved, loved Dan! He's in a tough spot between Evie/Cody and Gin/Raine. He has always thought he wanted something to only find out that he really didn't know what it was he wanted. The dialogue all around was fabulous, witty, heartbreaking, sweet, and real. I found favorite moments between all of these characters, although I think I'd have to say that those between Dan and Gin were my favorite.

The story was a heartbreaking one in so many ways, while also being hopeful. I loved how the inspiration was woven through and how each character had a different relationship with religion and where they were at in how they felt. I loved they received answers to prayers through others sometimes and how hearts were softened and changed. As I said above, the romance was fantastic! There was instant attraction, but there was a lot of give and pull (mostly pull or push, really) and I loved how it all came together. The ending was fabulous as well.

If you enjoy reading inspirational contemporary romance (or really romance at all) I'd highly recommend The Dandelion Field. It was one of those books that pulled all the emotions from me, made me think, and left me feeling happy and content. Those are the best books, where you turn the last page and sigh and almost wish it didn't have to end. This will definitely be a favorite read from this year.


Content: There was some mature discussions surrounding the situation the two teens found themselves in, but this was definitely clean.

Source: I would like to thank Zondervan, the publisher, for my complimentary review copy through Litfuse, which did not affect my review in any way.

Kathryn SpringerAbout 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.


Kindle Fire 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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15 comments

  1. I really enjoy the books she's written for the Love Inspired line. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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  2. The cover is indeed cute! I'm glad the story was good too. I'm a cover whore so I hate it when I fall flat on my face when a book that has a super awesome cover art turns out to be a dud.

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  3. The blurb sounds amazing and I love how much you enjoyed the book!

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  4. This one sounds sweet and the cover is very cute. DEFINITELY way outside of my normal, but that isn't a bad thing! Your review made me wonder if I might just love it!

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  5. I haven't read those, but I will be grabbing any I see of hers in the future. This was so good, Heidi. You'd love it!

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  6. I know exactly what you mean! Or, when the cover doesn't match the book at all. This one matches well and it's a great book!

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  7. It was so good. I know you like romance and with mature content, but I think you'd like this one too.

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  8. If you love romance and daughter/mother relationships, you'd love this. The inspirational aspect was so light and it was more in the context of who they were and trying to be more open towards forgiveness and asking for help. The romance was just fabulous!

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  9. I will be checking them out, and enjoying them!

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  10. Learning to ask for help is something I need to learn myself!! And a fabulous romance? I think I might be able to handle this one!

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  11. This does sound like an amazing book. Thank you for your review :)

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  12. Another one that sounds super fantastic! Tressa, stop adding to my TBR list ;)...hehe

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  13. I hope you try it and that you love it. :)

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  14. I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  15. Lol! This one is definitely worth being on there. :)

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