Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

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17 Critic Reviews

Contemporary with a somewhat prickly sense of nostalgia, Wildflowers from Winter is a romantic beauty-from-ashes story – and a promising series starter from this debut author.
-USA Today

Synopsis

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?
 

About Katie Ganshert

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Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and their young son. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by WaterBrook Press. 323 pages
Genres: Romance, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Serena Chase on May 07 2012

Contemporary with a somewhat prickly sense of nostalgia, Wildflowers from Winter is a romantic beauty-from-ashes story – and a promising series starter from this debut author.

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Christian Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Leslie Cawley on Apr 14 2012

My congratulations go out to Ms. Ganshert, who has written very engaging novel. This is one that any reader can relate to, who have ever been in conflicting situations.

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Night Owl Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Books4Betty on Jun 01 2012

Nothing was rushed, and nothing was left out. In brief flashbacks, readers are given everything they need to know about Bethany and Robin’s past. Everything made sense; and everything was wonderfully told.

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Burton Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Marie on Jun 13 2012

I didn't love this one...yet again I've found myself disliking the main protagonist...

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The Friendly Book Nook

Good
Reviewed by Sally on May 08 2012

The message on faith was clear and not preachy. People lived out their faith.

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Labor Not In Vain

Good
Reviewed by Faye on Jun 01 2012

Wildflowers from Winter is a remarkable debut from Katie Ganshert, with rich characters, and a wonderfully expressive style of writing, that conveyed so much in small ways.

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Iola's Christian Reads

Good
Reviewed by Iola on Sep 21 2012

... Wildflowers from Winter is a touching story of love, loss, and the importance of discovering God for ourselves, not relying on the words and actions of others.

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Novel Review

Good
Reviewed by Anne Mulligan on May 03 2012

Beautifully drawn characters will win your heart from page one of this poignant story, lingering in your mind when you've finished.

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Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Sally Shupe on Aug 12 2012

...great debut author. Her characterizations will draw you in...You will laugh and cry with Bethany and love the town of Peaks as she does.

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Proverbial Reads

Good
May 30 2012

While reading, I was often reminded of Ecclesiastes. “To everything there is a season,” and although her season begins with tragedies in winter, Bethany witnesses the renewal that spring brings with it.

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Devoted Mommy of 3

Good
Aug 22 2012

Though it's billed as a contemporary romance, I think it spans 3 genres- romance, mystery & suspense. It's romanced me into giving it 5 of 5 stars.

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Life With Katie

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Aug 13 2012

Yes, there are Christian themes as Bethany struggles with her beliefs while struggling with a string of losses. However, there's more to this story than just that.

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A Nest in the Rocks

Good
Jul 23 2012

Wildflowers from Winter is a modern spin at the story of Job that shows us just how easy it is to lose sight of what's really important.

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ecc1012

Good
Reviewed by Kara on Jun 14 2012

The characters in this story grab your attention...We have all met people who remind us of each one of them, making their imperfections personal to us.

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Love 2 Read Novels

Good
Reviewed by Sherry Kuhn on May 17 2012

Wildflowers from Winter is a well-written, emotionally-stirring tale... though you'll find a lot of angst among the pages, you'll also find a lot of hope.

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Relz Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Rel on Apr 30 2012

Katie has penned a beautiful romance, one to rival Denise Hunter at her best, with an authentic spiritual journey that will bring tears of both compassion and joy to readers.

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The Overweight Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lydia on Apr 25 2012

Each page held a vulnerable poignancy that whispered in my heart and stirred my spirit. The depth of this story belies Katie’s status as a debut author.

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