“Wildflowers from Winter” by Katie Ganshert

Reluctant Homecoming

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farm hand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.

For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?

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Wildflowers from Winter/Available May, 8 2012/Waterbrook Press/ISBN-10:0307730387/ISBN-13: 978-0307730381

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BIO:

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching romantic movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels and coffee. She could talk books all day and is often spotted around town pushing a stroller, walking a dog, and reading—all at the same time. Visit her website: KatieGanshert.com.

Praise for Wildflowers from Winter:

“Katie Ganshert writes with a compelling mix of honesty and soul. With compassion and a keen eye for the dynamics of relationship, she wrestles with complex issues of love, freedom, and faith.”
—Nicole Baart, bestselling author of Far From Here

“An impressive debut novel. Ganshert weaves a genuine story of love and forgiveness, family and friendship with simple but beautiful prose. She didn’t just capture my interest with this story, she captured my heart. Well done!”
—Rachel Hauck, award-winning author of The Wedding Dress

“With a fresh voice, Ganshert grips you from page one and takes you on a soul-searching journey. Her characters, in all their imperfections, leap off the pages and into your heart. The richness of the story will move your faith and emotions, leaving the warmth of hope long after you finish the last page.”
—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of The Preacher’s Bride

“Wildflowers from Winter
will touch your heart and leave you longing for a more simple life—and more stories by this new author. Katie Ganshert has penned an impressive debut novel about family strife and going home again, even when it’s against your will. This tender story blends human drama and fragile relationships with true-to-life characters that will jump off the page and into your heart.”
—Deborah Vogts, author of Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer

“What a powerful story! In Wildflowers from Winter, Katie Ganshert gives readers a very touching tale about the power of love and faith to heal a hurting heart. The cast of characters will grab hold of your heart from the first chapter and stay with you long after you turn the last page. The issues raised and their resolutions are realistic and thought-provoking. Katie knows how to write a romance with deep emotion and meaning.”
—Carrie Turansky, author of A Man To Trust and Surrendered Hearts

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My Review:

Two separate tragedies bring Bethany Quinn back to her hometown, Peaks, Iowa, twice.  She has no intentions of staying long either time.  But downsizing of her job in Chicago makes Bethany rethink her options.

Bethany’s relationship estrangements with her mother and best friend Robin had initially chased her away from Peaks to gain an education and job as an architect. The only one she had missed was Grandpa Dan and his farmhouse–the only one and only place where she felt comfortable growing up.  Now Dan was gone and she inherited the farmland, but Evan Price, who had taken care of the Quinn farm for years, inherited the house, equipment and animals.  What did she want with farmland?  She was an architect!

Katie Ganshert, in Wildflowers from Winter, takes us on a journey of Bethany’s tragic childhood and her wrestling with relationships with those in her hometown.  The interactions are multifaceted, ranging from cold, indifferent, estrangement, love, forgiveness and trust.  But the changes are neither quick nor simple. They are in-depth and very realistic.  The depth of pain for all involved is very personal and palpable. You are drawn deeply into the storyline, with your heartstrings tugged on all the way to the end of the book.

The author builds on a love story in the midst of the tragedies that is sweet and tender, with a touch of guilt for enjoying happiness during such difficult times.

Wildflowers from Winter is a wonderfully written story.  One that will make you rethink your relationships, allowing God to restore them as far as you are responsible.

This book was provided free from Ashley Boyer, Senior Publicist at WaterBrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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