Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

Katie Ganshert's Wildflowers from Winter is the first novel in a new Christian Contemporary Romance series.  Wildflowers from Winter is a realistic story about life in general.  It explores the up's and down's of life and highlights the pain and joy everyone goes through as a human.

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.

22 comments:

  1. I'm responding from Book Blogs and will have to check out this delightful sounding book. I'm following you through GFC as Lucyatmax and invite you to return the follow at: http://bethartfromtheheart.blogspot.com/
    I'll look forward to your future posts!
    Thanks
    Beth

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  2. Hi Beth! Thanks for visiting my blog! I just checked out your blog and I love it! I'm following under 'Gabrielals.' I look forward to reading more of your thoughts!
    Candace

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  3. Hi Candace, I'm just over from Book Blogs - Wildflowers from winter sounds like just my kind of thing. I'm following you via GFC and would love for you to visit me at http://marchhousebookscom.blogspot.co.uk/ I'm always happy to get new followers.
    Barbara.

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for the follow! I think you will love Wildflowers from Winter, it is a great read! I just followed you blog as well, I love it!
      Candace

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  4. Hi Candace, found you through Book Blogs as well. Following your blog, too. Would really appreciate a review if you're currently accepting, feel free to email me at michael.diack@googlemail.com
    Thanks

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  5. Hello there! Found your blog on Book Blogs, and I may say I did the right choice of visiting it! You got such an awesome blog, good job on that!

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  6. Hi Rhea! I just followed your blog, I look forward to diving into it! And I agree, Wildflowers from Winter WAS a breathe of fresh air! =)

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  7. I love it when a book has many characters and everyone has depth and personality.

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  9. Found a link to you on blogaholic...enjoyed your reviews...makes me want to read more! now following. Ta,

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  10. I love finding new books to read! I use reading as my way to relax after my two kids go to sleep :) New follower from blogaholic, I look forward to your future reviews!

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    1. I read to relax as well! Once my daughter is in bed I love to curl up with a great book. I am following you as well!

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  12. Hey, I'm always in search of new books to read, so I'll defo check out your reviews. Lovely layout BTW. New follower, over from BSN.
    Esmeralda @ Sciencesosexy.blogspot.com

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  13. I recently read this book and really enjoyed it! I didn't realize that it was a series, I may have to read the next one! I'm a new follower! Check out my blog: http://nothingbetterthanabook.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Morgan, I followed your blog as well! I see you are majoring in Elementary Education, I did as well! Enjoy, it is a lot of fun!

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  14. I loved this book! I am following your blog. thanks for stopping by mine and following...I appreciate it!

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