Single mother Ginevieve Lightly always has her suitcase ready so that she can hit the road quickly. In The Dandelion Field, by Kathryn Springer, the reader learns that Ginevieve has other baggage as well. Until their car dies in Banister Falls, Ginevieve and her teenage daughter, Raine, did not stay in any one place for very long. But this time, Raine asks that they stay so that she can finish her senior year of high school. Ginevieve wants the best for her daughter and agrees to stay. She could not have foreseen what the future would bring.
Banister Falls is a small town where families have lived for generations. After Raine tells her mother she is pregnant it didn’t take long for the news to spread through the town. Cody, the baby’s father, is the son of a deceased local hero. Dan Moretti had been Cody’s father’s best friend and after he died he played a major role in Cody’s upbringing. He was shocked when Cody admitted the baby is his. Dan was not alone. Ginevieve and Cody’s mother come from two different worlds, but they shared one commonality and that was that they want their children have a bright future. Dan tries to bring all parties together, but it initially doesn’t go well. Further complicating the situation is the attraction Ginevieve and Dan have for each other.
This is a well told story with multiple story lines. The characters deal with faith, trust issues and honesty. They are vulnerable and struggle to make the right choices. Emotions run high. As far as the ending, I recommend having a tissue close by.
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