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Architect Bethany Quinn reluctantly returns to her Iowa hometown for an "in and out" visit---but then her grandfather dies and leaves her his farm. She wants to sell the place, but even that gets complicated with manager Evan Price watching her every move. Can Bethany make peace with her trailer park past---and find love?

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Endorsements

"From winter's chill to the warm breath of spring, Wildflowers from Winter is a poignant and powerful tale of love, faith and hope through seasons of grief. A stunning debut, Katie Ganshert has penned a breathless journey that will steal both your heart and your sleep." - JULIE LESSMAN, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

"Katie Ganshert writes with a compelling mix of honesty and soul. With compassion and a keen eye for the dynamics of relationship, she wrestles with complex issues of love, freedom, and faith." - NICOLE BAART, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FAR FROM HERE

"An impressive debut novel. Ganshert weaves a genuine story of love and forgiveness, family and friendship with simple but beautiful prose. She didn't just capture my interest with this story, she captured my heart. Well done!" -
RACHEL HAUCK, AWARD WINNING AUTHOR OF THE WEDDING DRESS

"Katie Ganshert's debut novel is wonderfully and lyrically written. Don't miss this refreshing new voice in book-club fiction for Christian readers." - SUSAN MEISSNER, AUTHOR A SOUND AMONG THE TREES AND THE SHAPE OF MERCY

"Wildflowers from Winter offers characters displaying true-to-life emotions, a plot that engages the reader, and beautifully turned phrases. One of the best debut novels I’ve read." - RICHARD L. MABRY, MD, AUTHOR OF THE TENDER SCAR AND THE PRESCRIPTION FOR TROUBLE SERIES

"With a fresh voice, Ganshert grips you from page one and takes you on a soul-searching journey. Her characters, in all their imperfections, leap off the pages and into your heart. The richness of the story will move your faith and emotions, leaving the warmth of hope long after you finish the last page." - JODY HEDLUND, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PREACHER’S BRIDE

"Wildflowers from Winter will touch your heart and leave you longing for a more simple life—and more stories by this new author. Katie Ganshert has penned an impressive debut novel about family strife and going home again, even when it's against your will. This tender story blends human drama and fragile relationships with true-to-life characters that will jump off the page and into your heart." - DEBORAH VOGTS, AUTHOR OF SNOW MELTS IN SPRING AND SEEDS OF SUMMER

"What a powerful story! In Wildflowers from Winter, Katie Ganshert gives readers a very touching tale about the power of love and faith to heal a hurting heart. The cast of characters will grab hold of your heart from the first chapter and stay with you long after you turn the last page. The issues raised and their resolutions are realistic and thought provoking. Katie knows how to write a romance with deep emotion and meaning." - CARRIE TURANSKY, AUTHOR OF A MAN TO TRUST AND SURRENDERED HEARTS

"As soft as new snow and as beautiful as a field of flowers, Wildflowers from Winter is a refreshing and illuminating journey from anger and doubt to understanding and peace. Once you meet the characters of Peaks, IA, you won't want to say goodbye." - ERICA VETSCH, AUTHOR OF A BRIDE’S PORTRAIT OF DODGE CITY, KANSAS

"Beautifully drawn characters will win your heart from page one of this poignant story, lingering in your mind when you've finished. It's a tale of loss and sorrow and of dreams redeemed. Novel Rocket and I give it a very high recommendation." - ANE MULLIGAN, SR. EDITOR NOVEL ROCKET

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Praise for Wildflowers from Winter

"From winter’s chill to the warm breath of spring, Wildflowers from Winter is a poignant and powerful tale of love, faith and hope through seasons of grief. A stunning debut, Katie Ganshert has penned a breathless journey that will steal both your heart and your sleep."
—Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

"Katie Ganshert writes with a compelling mix of honesty and soul. With compassion and a keen eye for the dynamics of relationship, she wrestles with complex issues of love, freedom, and faith."
—Nicole Baart, bestselling author of Far From Here

"An impressive debut novel. Ganshert weaves a genuine story of love and forgiveness, family and friendship with simple but beautiful prose. She didn't just capture my interest with this story, she captured my heart. Well done!" 
—Rachel Hauck, award winning author of The Wedding Dress 
"Katie Ganshert’s debut novel is wonderfully and lyrically written. Don’t miss this refreshing new voice in book-club fiction for Christian readers."
—Susan Meissner, author A Sound Among the Trees and The Shape of Mercy

"Wildflowers from Winter offers characters displaying true-to-life emotions, a plot that engages the reader, and beautifully turned phrases. One of the best debut novels I’ve read."
—Richard L. Mabry, MD, author of The Tender Scar and the Prescription for Trouble series

"With a fresh voice, Ganshert grips you from page one and takes you on a soul-searching journey. Her characters, in all their imperfections, leap off the pages and into your heart. The richness of the story will move your faith and emotions, leaving the warmth of hope long after you finish the last page."
—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of The Preacher’s Bride

"Wildflowers from Winter
will touch your heart and leave you longing for a more simple life—and more stories by this new author. Katie Ganshert has penned an impressive debut novel about family strife and going home again, even when it’s against your will. This tender story blends human drama and fragile relationships with true-to-life characters that will jump off the page and into your heart."
—Deborah Vogts, author of Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer

"What a powerful story! In Wildflowers from Winter, Katie Ganshert gives readers a very touching tale about the power of love and faith to heal a hurting heart. The cast of characters will grab hold of your heart from the first chapter and stay with you long after you turn the last page. The issues raised and their resolutions are realistic and thought provoking. Katie knows how to write a romance with deep emotion and meaning."
—Carrie Turansky, author of A Man To Trust and Surrendered Hearts

"As soft as new snow and as beautiful as a field of flowers, Wildflowers from Winter is a refreshing and illuminating journey from anger and doubt to understanding and peace. Once you meet the characters of Peaks, IA, you won’t want to say goodbye."  
—Erica Vetsch, author of A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

"Beautifully drawn characters will win your heart from page one of this poignant story, lingering in your mind when you've finished. It's a tale of loss and sorrow and of dreams redeemed. Novel Rocket and I give it a very high recommendation."
—Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor Novel Rocket

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  1. Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wildflowers from Winter
    January 14, 2016
    Katrina
    Western Ky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was Katie Ganshert's debut novel which was released in 2012. While shopping during Christmas I happened to spot this at Lifeway and bought it. I had never read this book and was really looking forward to it. Needless to say it is a spectacular read and one of the best nights of lost sleep. Yes, it was that good. This is a book that will swallow you heart and soul.

    Bethany Quinn is a beautiful, young woman living in Chicago. She left Peak, Iowa 10 years ago and vowed she would never return to her hometown. Her only true link that remains in Peak is her beloved grandfather. He had always been her safe haven after the death of her father.

    Evan Price has always been the odd man out in his family. He loves his work as ranch foreman at the Quinn farm and protects the ones he loves. He has a dream of one day owning and operating his own farm and is determined to see that dream come true.

    Bethany and Evan will both grab your heart immediately. I loved this story for several reasons, but mostly for the message it gives. You never walk alone. Even when you give up on God, he never gives up on you.

  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wildflowers from Winter
    October 19, 2015
    Janie
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wildflowers from Winter.
    I loved this book. I had trouble putting it down. The plot and the development of the characters was so gripping. Great read!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this Debut Novel from Katie Ganshert!
    June 9, 2013
    i blog 4 books
    This review was written for Wildflowers from Winter.
    It seems that Bethany and Evan should have a lot in common. After all, they both love Bethany's grandfather and come from the same place. However, Bethany's determined to move on with her life and leave her past behind. When she inherits her grandfather's farmhouse—sans house—she's determined to sell ... even if that means selling Evan's dream out from under him.

    Sparks fly between Evan and Bethany nearly from the beginning. I could tell that this was going to be an interesting relationship and couldn't wait to see how and if it developed further ... though I hoped it would! As much as I came to like Bethany, I liked Evan from the very start. He was the perfect hero for this story and may have been the most well-developed character in the story.

    The third-person vignettes were a unique touch. I enjoyed the glimpses they gave to the past and they really helped fill out the story. Additionally, Robin was a great character, and I'm excited that her story be featured in Ganshert's next book.

    Katie Ganshert's debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, was fantastic! If this first novel is any indication of what readers can expect in the future, I can't wait to read what's next! [5 stars]

    I did not receive this book for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
  4. Oregon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read!
    March 12, 2013
    GHayes
    Oregon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wildflowers from Winter.
    From previous experience I was beginning to think Christian fiction, by female authors, was not going to be my thing. However, in previewing for my next read, the title "Wildflowers from Winter" caught my attention. There was nothing unique about the description of the book but I noticed I had the option to preview the first chapter. That struck me as a "can't lose" option, so I clicked on the link. Not even halfway through that chapter I was captivated. Thankfully the novel was available via e-book so I was able to quickly receive a copy, which I promptly read over the course of the following three evenings. If my lifestyle would have allowed I'd have read the story in it's entirety in one sitting, because it was that good! At the end of the book I discovered the first chapter of the sequel and now, if only that novel was available, right now, to read! Katie Ganshert is the author, and in my opinion, this a a woman with great talent. The characters in her story became real to me; I felt their emotions and related to their experiences. I laughed with them, I cried with them. Each character had enough good to love them and enough flaws to seem like real people. As for staging the story, the author gave just enough description that I was able to visualize the scenes and feel as if I were there, but never so much that I could get bored. I received a preview copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group, for my review, and I'm excited to share with you about this exciting new Christian fiction novel. In my opinion, this is a wonderful read, that I highly recommend!
  5. Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing twist and an inspiring read
    February 6, 2013
    jsunne
    Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Wildflowers from Winter.
    In her debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, Katie Ganshert focuses on the life of a self-made, self-sufficient young lady with a hurtful past. Determined to live her life on her own, she sees little value in investing in the lives of others or in believing in God.

    Through a somewhat long trail of mishaps and unwanted events, Bethany finds herself facing the past she wanted to bury and friends she felt she no longer needed.

    However, in entered a long, lost friend in Robin, a woman seemingly living a fairy tale life until tragedy strikes.

    A series of events that could only be defined as divinely orchestrated, forced the two hurting women together again, one a stoic mask of bitterness, the other a haunting shell of indescribable pain.

    As the story unfolded, I found myself getting frustrated with Bethany's superior attitude and Robin's apparent unending sorrow. A part of me wanted to jump right to the love and romance. To get everything smoothed out quickly.

    However, the story's realism was actually the feature that drew me in and held me fast. Grief wasn't relieved overnight. Questioning God and His purpose ran throughout the book. The messiness of life was revealed in its totality.

    As I devoured the story (staying up much too late to finish it), an image kept popping up in my mind. One of a dance where several steps are taken forward and then back again. This is how our journeys through this broken world play out.

    Life isn't a neat package and neither is faith.

    Katie Ganshert does a masterful job portraying a bit of, I believe, all our walks in her characters. Not tying up life with a neat little bow, but revealing the fringes and tears in the wrapping. She writes the reality of redemption, not perfection.

    Check out this great read! You won't be disappointed.
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