For Raine Lightly and Cody Bennett, life changed after one night, one mistake. Now pregnant, Raine and Cody find themselves facing an uncertain future as they are prematurely forced to make very adult decisions. Gin, Raine’s mom, leans toward fleeing Banister Falls with Raine and the dark shadow now cast on her daughter just as she has done for herself and the past she is trying to escape many, many times before. But Raine and Cody, although young, love one another and have decided to keep the baby despite the rocky road ahead of them. Their decision is supported by Gin and Dan Moretti, local firefighter, mentor to Cody, and close friend to Cody’s mom, Evie. But as Dan tries to mentor and guide Cody through the pregnancy, Evie’s resentment for Raine- and the chemistry she senses between Dan and Gin- creates obstacles for the young couple making their plight all the more difficult. As a result, Dan finds himself trying to dole out wisdom to Cody and Raine, maintain his lifelong friendship with Evie, and convince Gin to stick around Bannister Falls and give their budding relationship a chance.
I had mixed emotions as I read The Dandelion Field. First, kudos to Springer for taking on a very sensitive subject with gentleness and grace. Cody’s maturity, especially, in facing the situation head on and accepting his responsibility was appreciated and admired. I was also glad to see Cody and Raine making decisions together instead of following the path others would have them take. It was evident that Gin’s past haunted her in her reluctance to admit her feelings for Dan or pursue a relationship with him. I was frustrated quite a bit with Dan, though, because he kept following Evie’s bidding. She beckoned and he jumped. I would have liked to see him stand up to Evie for the sake of Gin- or to just choose Gin over Evie with some of his decisions. That brings me to Evie- I did not like her character at all. I felt she was self-righteous, controlling, and most importantly led Dan on. For quite some time apparently. Although she was aloof to the idea of having a romantic relationship with him, she had no problem stepping in between Dan and Gin when he showed interest in her. Evie’s character almost soured the entire book for me.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the author or publisher in any way.
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 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Visit her online at kathrynspringer.com Facebook: Kathrynspringerauthor