Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review - "Wildflowers from Winter"

Katie Ganshert is a new author that is going to make a huge name for herself!  Ganshert's debut novel, "Wildflowers from Winter," is an emotional romance that will have the reader crying, and cheering on the characters. 

Book Description from the publishers:
"Like the winter, grief has a season. Life returns with the spring.

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built the life she dreamed of during her teen years in a trailer park. An unexpected 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 to her past while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of five hundred acres of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. When Bethany is left the land, Evan 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 that she’s not even sure exists? "

I was immediately drawn into the story on the very first page.  Bethany reluctantly returns to her homewtown and a quick trip turns into so much more.  The baggage that Bethany is struggling with is so real and I dfound myself empathizing with her as she tries to balance who she is now with the girl from the past as well as to find where she belongs at the moment.  The tension and sparks between Bethany and Evan continues throughout the story making this not a typical romance story, but real life, day to day romance. This book is a well-written and deeply emotional story that addressed real life issues, relationships and coming to terms with who God is and the role He plays in one's life.  I am looking forward to reading Robin's sotry in the next book and hopefully more of the other characters. 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Press in exchange for a honest review*

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