Book Review & Giveaway for Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert @KatieGanshert

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Back of the book:

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn as built the life she dreamed of during her trailer-park teen years. An unexpected call 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 to her past while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. The unexpected inheritance of five hundred acres 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. When Bethany is left the land, Evan must fight her decisions to realize his own 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 that she’s not even sure exists?

About the Author:

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she currently writes inspirational romance novels set in present-day America. When she's not busy plotting ways to get her hero and heroine to fall in love, she enjoys watching movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels and coffee. She could talk books all day and is often spotted around town pushing a stroller, walking her dog, and reading--all at the same time.

My thoughts:

This book is for anyone who has ever left a past behind and wants it to stay there. From the opening prologue your heart begins to break for Bethany. You know right from the start that something has gone wrong and left this grown woman stuck in the hurt of the little girl she was.

This is Katie Ganshert’s debut novel and she has done a marvelous job of capturing the struggles and hurts that we go through as humans. One of my favorite lines in the book comes from Grandpa Dan, “Even if we do everything right, things are still going to go wrong”. Truer words have not been spoken.

I would dare to say that most of us have come across Christians that make you cringe by their strong opinions voiced in the name of God. In this story we are reminded how much impact those diatribes can have, especially on the young and vulnerable.

Not only is this a tale of complex relationships, but it has a delicious bit of romance. I think Evan would just about make any woman swoon! According to the acknowledgments in the back of the book, this is the first book in the Peaks series. The next book is Wishing on Willows and will continue with Robin’s story. I can hardly wait!


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  1. So glad you enjoyed the story, Whitney! Thank you for helping me spread the word!

  2. This sounds like a must read for me. I would love to win a copy.

    Congrats on your debut book. I wish you much success!


  3. this sounds like a must read for the summer, thanks

  4. I loved Katie's book. It's a moving story of heartache, hope, and healing. I highly recommend it.


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