Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Have You Every Picked Wildflowers?

Title: Wildflowers from WINTER
Category: Christian Fiction
Pub. Date: 05/08/2012
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN#: 0307730387  

Like the winter, grief has a season. Life returns with the spring.
A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built the life she dreamed of during her teen years in a trailer park.  An unexpected 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 to her past while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But 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 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.  

My Review:  
For as far back as I can remember I have always loved wildflowers. I would pick them and bring them home, placed them in what ever I could find to hold some water. Even if it was a tin can with yarn ribbon, I still enjoyed the smell and beauty of them in my room. What memories this book brought back. 

First let me address the first line above in the synopsis: "Like the winter, grief has a season. Life returns with the spring."  This really resonated with in me while I read this very well of a bountifully full of wisdom and true love from God. 

Author Katie Ganshert has written a gem story of cold, warmth, grief, happiness, from one degree of the spectrum to the other end of the spectrum. Her story from these amazing characters views will be something that I will carry with me for a long time to come. 

Do you need to make peace concerning something within your life? Read  Wildflowers from Winter. And I pray that while reading this thought provoking story God will open within you the way of making that peace become to life. 

This is the time of year when I, for the past 40 some odd years begin missing a very special lady in my life. She passed from this earthly home to her heavenly home when I was young. Just days before my birthday and from Christmas that year. And the words "missing her" does not even begin to describe my feelings for her still to this day. But this book helped me in some many ways from the begin of it to the very end. And even though it is written as a "fiction novel", I can pretty much grant you that it will seem real. 

So for those reasons I will be giving this beautiful book from cover to cover, and believe me if I could it would be higher. My Breath of Life rating of:

 Five Clock Rating!!!  

Disclosure: I did received the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. Opinions are my own and yours may differ.

About the Author:   

Katie Ganshert is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows, both published by Waterbrook Press, a division of Random House. Her debut, Wildflowers from Winter, is a Christy Award finalist, as well as a Christian Retailing’s Best finalist in the contemporary romance category. She lives in Iowa with her handsome husband, their dinosaur-loving son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption, which she and her husband hope to complete sometime before they are fifty. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website or author Facebook page.      


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