Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Wildflowers from Winter
Since I have recently been reading a lot of historical fiction books, I decided to make a change and read a book set in the current time. So I set out to find a book in my LARGE stack of unread books, and I decided my next book to read would be my advance copy of Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert. I have to say I was not at all disappointed with my choice of books. Bethany Quinn has the perfect life; she has made her way out from the trailer park she was raised in and now lives in Chicago and workes for an arcitecture firm. Although everything in her life seems perfect, she finds herself traveling back to her hometown in Iowa after learning that her grandfather is having health problems. Upon inheriting land, she begins to face all of the things she was running from when she left her home: a preacher who tainted her view of Christianity, her best friend, and her family. In addition to coming to terms with her past, Bethany finds herself falling for the man who maintains her family farm, Evan Price. I was very glad I chose this book to read, and although I was looking for a light romance read, I got so much more than that. Bethany lived a difficult life, and she must begin to come to terms with what happened to her in the past. Throughout the book, I felt I could empathize with her, and I understood how a past like hers could cause someone to stray away from religion. I think the cast of characters who were placed in her life were perfect for leading her back to God. From what I read on Katie Ganshert’s website, it looks like a second book will be released in the year 2013. I am very excited to learn more about Bethany and the other characters who were brought into her life as she travelled back home. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."