Book Review: Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

Wildflowers from Winter About the book
Title: Wildflowers from Winter
Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah
Release date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 293
Where I got the book: Free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review


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?

My review
My biggest problem with the book wasn’t a plot issue, but an editing issue. The author switches from a first-person prologue to third person story, then back to first person, then back to third yet again. It was very distracting and pulled me out of the story.

As for the story, I was going to keep reading regardless, because Bethany’s relationship with her grandfather reminded me of my adoration for my own late grandfather. There may have been tears involved.

Bethany has grown up with an image of God that was warped by a slimy, overly-pious preacher, and this has affected all her relationships. Even the positive relationship with her grandfather wasn’t enough to overcome her desire to distance herself from others.

Wildflowers from Winter is a sweet story of renewed friendships and new love, but lurking at the edge of the new-found happiness is Bethany’s battle for self-sufficiency — she is scared to rely on God or anyone else — which could end up costing her everything that really matters.

I liked the story well enough to want to read the second book in the series as soon as I can get my hands on it.