Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert
Bethany is a career women in her late twenties that seems to have everything going for her. She has a great architectural job in Chicago and a hotshot lawyer boyfriend to complete her picture perfect life. However, circumstances out of her control forces her to revisit her hometown, a quaint farming community where your business is everyone's.
Bethany left the small Iowa town behind ten years earlier, in the hopes of escaping painful memories from her past. In running she abandoned her loving Grandfather and best friend Robin. Ironically, it is news regarding both her Grandfather and Robin that draws Bethany back into town. All hopes of a speedy visit seem to vanish as Bethany comes to realize it may not be possible to escape as easily this time around.
Even more frustrating is Evan, the man who runs and lives on her Grandfather Dan's farm. Bethany and Evan clash during their first meeting and subsequently butt heads most of the other times they are thrown together. However, they can't help but to be drawn towards each other as life throws them one curve ball after another. Bethany also finds herself being pulled back into Robin's evolving life, something she did not think possible ten years ago. Finding herself back in her hometown causes Bethany to feel emotions she thought she left behind long ago and she comes to realize her anger with God has not lessened.
Wildflowers from Winter is told in 3rd person (with a few 1st person dialogues throughout the novel.) It was refreshing to read a novel that did not just center around two characters, but many. Because of this I was able to grasp the whole picture Ganshert was painting. Ganshert also did a great job in developing 3 dimensional characters. It was nice to watch Bethany grow throughout the novel and let her walls down as she let go of her long held anger. Ganshert successfully wrote a story about the joys and struggles of life. It is easy to see Ganshert's strong faith as a Christian women as Wildflowers from Winter unfolds.
I definitely recommend Katie Ganshert's Wildflowers from Winter and I look forward to reading Ganshert's second book in the series, Wishing on Willows.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.