Review: Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

wildflowersWILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER
Katie Ganshert
Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: May 8, 2012

From the back cover:

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?

If you are looking for a truly beautiful, inspiring book, look no further than Katie Ganshert’s WILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER. This book is packed with raw, gritty emotion that keeps you turning the pages even though it is at times difficult to distance yourself from Bethany’s pain.

Katie Ganshert manages to bring Bethany Quinn alive. She is like all of us. Troubled, heartbroken, just trying to do the best we can with what life dealt us. And then, her grandfather’s heart-attack brings her back to the one place she never wanted to see again, and she begins questioning everything she believed to be true about God.

I loved Ms. Ganshert’s use of both first and third person! This is not a technique often used in books and I thought Ms. Ganshert did an excellent job, using first person to narrate Bethany’s past and third to narrate her present. Ms. Ganshert doesn’t skimp on details. She paints a picture with her words that connects readers to Bethany and makes us not only care about her, but learn something from her.

WILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER is an engrossing tale of grief, heartbreak, and the healing power of God’s love. Read it. You won’t be disappointed! Highly Recommended!

 

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