What can I say? I’m a girl. I have an appreciation for and attraction to things that are beautiful. That includes books. I’m not talking the cover either – though the cover of this book is certainly beautiful! It’s the story that draws in me again and again. I’m a sucker for a beautiful story and that’s what The Dandelion Field is. It starts with an ugly, ugly scenario: Good Christian hometown boy, son of a fall hero firefighter, popular with and kind to all… he gets attracted to her… trailer trash, just traveling through, doesn’t even know her dad since he abandoned the family years ago, hardened teenage girl. Despite all the differences between them, Cody falls in love with Raine. And he falls hard! Now they’re sitting in the living room announcing she is pregnant.
But the story isn’t really about them. It’s about their parents. Sort of. Dan isn’t really Cody’s dad. He’s Cody’s dad’s best friend and partner in fighting fires. He grew up as a playmate to Cody’s dad and mom. In fact, Dan noticed Cody’s mom had suddenly turned into a young woman first. So twelve years ago, when Cody’s dad died, Dan stepped in and took over the role of father. Dan is exactly as Cody was described above: he’s the fire chief, grew up in this small town, admired by and kind to all, a strong Christian and very attractive. Geneieve however is exactly as her daughter was described. The abandonment of Raine’s father was the final straw for her. No more trusting anyone or making any attempt to lay down roots. She’s just passing through – like always.
But the God of Dan and Cody has plans to turn Gen & Raine’s world upside down. And He wants to use Dan and Cody to bless these two women in ways they could never have imagined!
How could I not be drawn to the gentle, tender love story of two men who want to woo the women they love in such a godly manner? Even as Dan tries to pursue Gen, he hears that still small voice guiding him and he heeds it, though it causes deep pain. Cody is every bit the hero his dad was and Dan is. He takes full responsibility for his mistake – long before Raine finds out she’s pregnant. It only takes giving in one time for Cody to repent and recommit to doing what is right. When he learns she is pregnant he is even more determined to do what he believes God wants of him.
Some would bash this book for being so filled, not just with good morals, but with a very clear faith. That’s where I find the beauty though. The author uses a tender love story to preach trust in God, even as it shows how sin can have some pretty strong consequences – even if that sin was giving in to one small moment of temptation.
One of my favorite children’s videos compares the movie Finding Nemo to the Bible saying how we like “stories like this because we are in a story like this. Our world is broken. It doesn’t work quite right.” We try and try to restore it, to make things right. Who can’t relate to feeling lost, confused and hopeless? Dan and Cody can not fix the hurt in Gen and Raine’s lives, but they can help point them to the One who can and show a picture of the great love that God has for them!
So how about you? What story shows beauty to you? Where do you see stories of God’s redemption?