Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wildflowers From Winter by Katie Ganshert Book Review

About the Book
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 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?

My Thoughts
This book surprised me. As I started it I wasn't completely drawn in and was beginning to think I wouldn't like it. But then the characters and their stories captured my attention and the next thing I knew I was sighing in happiness as I turned the final page. 
One thing I found rather interesting was that even though the story was told in third person, whenever Bethany was remembering/flashing back the author wrote in first person. When you first think about it seems like it'd be annoying but on the contrary it was perfect and I wouldn't want it any other way. 
The story and characters were realistic, believable, and able to be related to, all signs of a good author and book!

About the Author
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:


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