Saturday, January 16, 2016

Wildflowers from Winter

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?

Wildflowers from Winter 
Published May 8th 2012 
by Waterbrook Press  
5 Stars

This was Katie Ganshert's debut novel which was released in 2012.  While shopping during Christmas I happened to spot this at Lifeway and bought it.  I had never read this book and was really looking forward to it.  Needless to say it is a spectacular read and one of the best nights of lost sleep.  Yes, it was that good.  This is a book that will swallow you heart and soul.  
Bethany Quinn is a beautiful, young woman living in Chicago.  She left Peak, Iowa 10 years ago and vowed she would never return to her hometown.  Her only true link that remains in Peak is her beloved grandfather.  He had always been her safe haven after the death of her father.  
Evan Price has always been the odd man out in his family.  He loves his work as ranch foreman at the Quinn farm and protects the ones he loves.  He has a dream of one day owning and operating his own farm and is determined to see that dream come true.  
Bethany and Evan will both grab your heart immediately.  I loved this story for several reasons, but mostly for the message it gives.  You never walk alone.  Even when you give up on God, he never gives up on you.  

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