For Blogging for Books through Waterbrook Multnomah.com, I chose Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert.
This is the first book I have read authored by Katie Ganshert, who writes stores about finding faith and falling in love. In this book, she definitely kept to her theme in a truly delightful story to read.
You can take a sneak preview here and read chapter one of the book and I guarantee the book will catch your interest from the very beginning that you will want to keep reading.
Bethany Quinn, the main female character in the book, tried to drown herself when she was 12 years old. That is how the story begins with her recollection of it but we do not find out why she tried to until later on in the book. What we do learn as we continue to read the story is that she was very eager to leave the town she grew up in, the Peaks, and to basically never return to it after she turned eighteen, to put her past behind her, including her best friend from the time, Robin.
Ten years later, a successful architect living in Chicago, very close to the Peaks, she is confronted with her past through a series of tragedies that has her returning to the Peaks and reuniting with her best friend who is dealing with the sudden, unexpected death of her young husband. Intermixed with this is Bethany's beloved grandfather who passes on during this time and leaves her and his farm hand, turned friend, his farm, she gets left a portion of it, the farm hand, Evan, gets left another portion of it.
As the story develops, Bethany is torn with what to do with the farm, her career that she depended on came to an end, a relationship she had in Chicago comes to an end too, she is left with lots of questions what to do, a nonexistent faith in God and haunted by events from her past. Ms. Ganshert weaves the story together intricately, a bit predictable, but with everything working out well at the end with Bethany coming to discover her faith and to start her own relationship with God.
I enjoyed the book very much. It did catch my interest from the first page and held it through the rest of the book. The story carried the struggles of life, indecision, wonder, doubt, sadness, grief, hope, joy, peace, love interwoven with the main characters in the book. I found myself crying over the events in the last few chapters of the book, but when I finished the last paragraph, there was much resolution in the story and much hope ahead, perhaps even of a sequel down the road.
All in all, a very good read; I would recommend it highly.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.