Wildflowers from Winter broke my heart, and stomped on my emotions. I laughed, I cried, and in the end I loved. I loved the characters, I loved the farm, I loved the winter and its flowers, and I loved the meaning behind this book. Sometimes we have to lose it all in order to gain a new beginning. One that is even better, and more beautiful, than we ever imagined. Like wildflowers in winter.
Katie Ganshert has a remarkable talent in storytelling. She gives the good and the bad. In this case, the bad is actually good. Meaning, every character went through extreme trials but they came through them with a renewed sense of purpose. I felt every tear, every sorrow, and every laugh. From one page to the next, I was taken on a journey.
This is a beautiful story about letting go and starting over. When main character Bethany Quinn loses everything in the span of one week, she has to learn what really matters in her life; and then how to start over.
When her past catches up to her, Bethany is left jobless, homeless, and boyfriend-less. In order to get it all back she has to make things right with her long ago best friend, Robin. The only problem is, Robin has just suffered a terrible tragedy and Bethany needs to call on Robin for a favor. In a great turn of events, their friendship is rekindled in order for both women to get through their trials. Ganshert took her time developing each woman’s story. Nothing was rushed, and nothing was left out. In brief flashbacks, readers are given everything they need to know about Bethany and Robin’s past. Everything made sense; and everything was wonderfully told.
A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an 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 while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance 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. So when Bethany is left the land, he 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 she's not even sure exists?