Book Review

by Katie Ganshert

Genre: Inspirational, Mainstream

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In this novel rich in details and well-thought-out characters, Ganshert offers something for everyone: romance, secrets, a few laughs. The reader will come away with the knowledge that even in the arms of grief, hope emerges after loss.

Bethany Quinn is a talented architect with a steady boyfriend who is climbing up the corporate ladder. When she inherits the Quinn farm in Iowa, she’s surprised that Evan Price, who has taken care of the farm for years, has inherited the house. While she longs to get back to her life in Chicago, she realizes she is starting a new life in Iowa — and must come to terms with Evan. (WATERBROOK, May, 320 pp., $9.99).

Reviewed By: Patsy Glans


Published: May 2012

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4.5 Stars

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A Moving Story of Hurt, Hope, and Healing

Submitted by Keli Gwyn on May 8, 2012 - 11:49am.

Many times I finish a novel, heave a contented sigh, close the book, and move on. Other times I reach the end and find myself so impacted by the story I’ve just read that I know I’ll be thinking about it for days to come and will still remember the book years later. Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert is definitely the latter.

Ganshert drew me in from the start with her engaging voice, flawed but lovable characters, and clever handling of some challenging subject matter. This isn’t a lighthearted read; it’s a story with a lot of heart. Although Ganshert’s characters deal with loss, there is hope as they experience healing and learn to lean on the Lord as their source of strength. I smiled. I cried. And yes, I sighed. While this story focuses primarily on the journey of Ganshert’s strong but fragile architect heroine, Bethany Quinn, the farmhand hero, sensible and steady Evan Price, is a wonderfully drawn counterpart for her, setting the stage for a romance that’s deliciously satisfying and believable. The faith element of the story is masterfully crafted and will speak to many readers’ hearts.

While a contemporary romance with women’s fiction elements is not my normal read, Ganshert’s story was a delightful surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend Wildflowers from Winter and am eagerly awaiting her next story, Wishing on Willows.