Monday, May 14, 2012

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert ~ review

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730381

Book Description

May 8, 2012
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 take on this book:
Bethany Quinn's life in Chicago is  far removed from the tiny town of Peaks,Iowa where she grew up. When she receives a call from her mother she fears it will be about her brother David who had just deployed to Afghanistan a few weeks ago. Instead the call is about her friend Robin's husband. The call has Bethany debating whether or not to return to Peaks. When she receives another call telling her that her Grandpa Dan has had a heart attack she decides to take a week off work and return home. When she arrives she meets Evan Price the person who has been running her grandfathers farm. When her plans change and she finds herself inheriting the farm will she decide to stay in Peaks and make peace with her past?

I found myself drawn into this story immediately. The main character Bethany was someone who had left her past behind her, but had to face it head on when tragedy draws her home. As we learn the characters backstory it is easy to understand why she chose the path she did. While there was a bit of romance in the story, overall the plot revolves around Bethany making peace with her past.I thought the author did a great job allowing Bethany to grow and change as the story progressed. The secondary storyline with  Bethany's best friend Robin really added another layer to the story.  I will certainly be watching for more from this debut author.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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