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Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert
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May 08, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read from April 11 to May 03, 2012

Wildflowers from Winter is a story about a young woman, Bethany Quinn, who by life's circumstances, is forced to return to the home she left ten years ago--a home she had hoped to forget based on the unhappy life she had there. The family and personal tragedies she experienced at a young ago have caused her to be very bitter, angry, and in my opinion, just plain rude. It was interesting watching her journey--her interaction with family members, a best friend she left behind, and a farmhand--Evan--who is standing in the way of her leaving town. The novel draws you in immediately and seeing the world through Bethany's eyes is quite depressing. I didn't warm up to her character until the last third of the novel when her attitude began to change from forced unselfishness into actual joyful unselfishness. I liked that the hero didn't try to beg for her favor (be a doormat) or try to convince her to behave otherwise, so the romance between them was very believable. The writing is superb and the book deserves five stars for that alone. A neat aspect was the switch between first and third person throughout the novel. I've never read a story using that technique, and it was wonderfully done. The first person chapters provided great insight into Bethany from her past. I recommend this read. I was provided an advanced reader copy for my honest review.

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