Wildflowers from Winter
Contemporary FictionA young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. But when a call from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown, a reluctant Bethany is called back... Read More
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A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. But when a call from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown, 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 farmhand 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?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 8, 2012
- UPC: 9780307730381
- Height: 0.9
- Width: 5.5
- Length: 8.5
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 310
- Publish Date: May 8, 2012
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC027020"
- ISBN: 0307730387
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- excellent, emotional read by CarrieDaws on 6/1/12
“I’ll never be easy, God.” This is probably my favorite line from Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert. It is said by one of the main characters near the end of the book, one of those lines that I laughed at because I can so closely identify with it.
Although I am typically not a crier, a couple different scenes brought tears to my eyes. The emotion throughout was high, but the author carefully weaved moments of relief without completely relinquishing intensity. I loved Mrs. Ganshert faded into the background and my heart began to see God boxing the main characters into a place where they could acknowledge His hand.
The author blends in chapters from the characters’ past, told in the first person, into the novel’s current events, told in the third person. At first this switch caught me off guard, but once I got used to it I appreciated it’s usage and made the mental switch from present to past quickly and easily.
Mrs. Ganshert tied in spiritual growth of multiple characters without losing the main storyline. She allowed time to pass without rushing the characters or slowing the story, and she allowed beautiful pieces of God’s nature to enjoy the ride with us.
This is a beautiful story of redemption and hope, and I recommend it for anyone who loves romantic fiction placed in the midst of what is often messy life.