Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert


From the back cover:


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 was a great read! Ganshert explores relationships from many points of views that are both realistic and heart-wrenching. From Bethany's relationships with her mom, Evan, her grandfather, and a long lost friend there is at least one relationship that the average reader can relate to and learn from. I LOVED the character of Bethany in that she seemed so realistic and you could really understand why she was doing what she was doing. The love story between Bethany and Evan is just one aspect of the story and does not overpower the story of finding peace and love in a life that God meant for her to have. Overall, I could not put the book down and would recommend it to everyone!
Disclaimer: This book was received free of charge from WaterBrook Press and their Blogging for Books program. All opinions expressed are my own.

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