Wildflowers from Winter    -     By: Katie Ganshert
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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0307730387
ISBN-13: 9780307730381
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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?

Author Bio

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching romantic 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 a dog, and reading—all at the same time. Visit her website: KatieGanshert.com.

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

Editorial Reviews

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. i blog 4 books
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this Debut Novel from Katie Ganshert!
    June 9, 2013
    i blog 4 books
    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.
  2. GHayes
    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
    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!
  3. jsunne
    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
    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.
  4. JesuSaves
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    I applaud Katie Ganshert!
    January 29, 2013
    JesuSaves
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    You know, I remember hearing a lot about this novel and I think anyone who is an avid reader of Christian Fiction can say the same thing. Many readers have talked about Wildflowers from Winters. Personally, the first impression I got from what I heard about it, was that this was a sad, sad story that would just pull you in and drown you in this pool of sorrows.

    Um...No thank you!

    But dear reader, after deciding to give it a try, if you are hesitating like I was- I'm hoping these thoughts might help you.

    I literally could NOT put it down.

    I finished it in two days and during that time, this book brought me to Iowa Peaks as I journeyed with Bethany Quinn and Evan Price on a path toward finding healing. Katie does not just write- she paints such realistic and vivid images that you're not just a reader reading a book- you're there. In the story. Living the emotions. And believe me this was NOT a depressing read- absolutely not. Yes, there were moments of intense grief, moments where Bethany, Robin, Evan and their family had to pile up tragedy upon tragedy in just a short time (death of a loved one, unexpected life-changing news). And Ganshert described what they went through very thoroughly.

    But so help me, I laughed too. Out loud and many times. (Smiling as I'm thinking about it) I LOVE the author's sense of humour! Even in situations that were distressing, Katie found a way to subtly insert humour and not all of the situations were sad, mind you- score for this author!

    Then the characters. Evan is a dream. What every good woman who treasures a romantic tale would want to find in it. But Bethany.. ugh! As frustrating as they come. She was so selfish, stubborn and just plain unlikable at times. 50 pages before the end of the story, I wondered how the author would put us ( me and the other characters) out of our misery with this woman.

    Then I came to the part where we get a glimpse at Bethany's fragile heart and how in the end, she just struggled with one thing : trust. Something I think all of us can relate too.

    While the romantic in me would have enjoyed a bit more romance (which, come to think of it, was hindered by Bethany's pride) and I found some parts to be a bit slow, I remember turning the last page of this book and thinking about the story again and again. It entertained me, it captivated me and it had a good dose of wise words.

    I would recommend it.

    And Ganshert, I think it's safe to say that I will be watching out for your upcoming books. With Wildflowers from Winters, you've captivated the interest of yet another reader.
  5. S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    **A debut novel that surprised me...
    January 25, 2013
    S Scales
    Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    and put Katie Ganshert as a new author on my must-read list!**

    Wildflowers from Winter is not a easy, cute read. (I'm not knocking those books, because they are fun. But sometimes you want a real story with characters that are messy, like us.) It's a heart breaking story of the loss endured by Bethany Quinn and how she separated herself from it (or tries to). She is no longer Bethany who lives in the trailer park and tried to commit suicide. She is an up-and-coming architect in Chicago. However, the story doesn't stay there. She drawn back to her small hometown and the slow, painful process of healing begins.

    "Wildflowers burst from the ground...creating a picture more pleasing than anything her hands could design. She didn't understand how it was possible... The abundance of snow had produced an abundance of wildflowers.... Somehow, those cold, lifeless winter months had prepared the land for something breathtaking. Something beautiful. Something brimming with life..."

    I'm so glad that I got to know the characters in Wildflowers from Winter. They are real with both strengths and weakness. The main characters are Bethany -a wounded, scared child in woman' body who has built a wall to protect her heart- and Evan -the man who has helped Bethany's grandpa on the farm for 4 years and now loves this land.

    This is most definitely a book I would recommend. I am looking forward to the next book by Katie Ganshert.

    Disclosure: I received this ebook free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group's book review bloggers program, BookSneeze. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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