THE DANDELION FIELD
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.
Emotionally gripping. I was invested in Gin's story from the first page. We just clicked. Such a wounded character with a chip on her shoulder the size of the Rock of Gibraltar! Gin has layers of bitterness protecting her battered heart and it takes a special man and some divine intervention to get through to her.
Dan's the perfect match for Gin, even if neither of them see it from the get go. He's solid, dependable and has a thick skin which means he won't back down when something is important. He's the first man Gin can't freeze out...and the first one in a long time she might not want to.
Then there's Raine and Cody's story expertly intertwined throughout the book. It provides the catalyst for a lot of the conflict between Gin and Dan. A conflict that gradually eases into a truce and then develops into romance. It's not an easy journey for either of them but Gin struggles the most, I think. She has major trust issues and her fight or flight response seems to be hardwired into her brain. If she's not putting up barriers, she's on the verge of running scared. How is Dan supposed to cope with all that? He very nearly doesn't and Springer keeps her readers in romantic suspense right to the end.
An exceptional story about flawed people, the power of faith and hope in a future.
My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Zondervan Publishing for providing me with a review copy of this book.
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