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Wildflowers from Winter

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,232 ratings  ·  250 reviews
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.
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Paperback, 293 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Waterbrook Press
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Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful story of hope and reconciliation. Bethany Quinn is a professional architect who has worked hard to elevate herself from what she believes is her trailer trash beginnings. She has no use for God in her life and feels she is the only one that should and can control her destiny. When she has to return home due to the death of her best friend's husband and then the subsequent death of her beloved grandfather, she has no choice but to finally face the past that has haunted her since she w ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really can't ever recall reading a Christian fiction book with this much emotion. Seriously people, I think I cried a total of ten times while reading this one. It's listed as romance but it is so much more than that. I don't know about you but when I think romance I think something that you read when you just want an escape but aren't expecting a whole lot of depth so that leads me to declare that this is so much more than a romance! It's far from the standard fare of fluff and puff that ...more
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What do you do when your life doesn't go as planned and your faced with what seems like unending greif? Can God really make something beautiful out of the winter seasons of life? These questions are illustrated and answered through the characters of Bethany, Robin and Evan.

Bethany Quinn has worked hard have a prestigious career at a top architecture firm in Chicago; leaving behind the life she once had living in a trailer park with her mom and brother in rural Iowa.

Bethany's life is turned
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From the very first line, I knew this would be a novel I would fall in love with. I did that and so much more.

There are so many elements to this story that I loved. A woman with a hidden past, she doesn’t even want to confront, finds herself in the last place she ever wanted to be. And she just might be falling in love.

The writing is so incredibly strong. The characters grow from the very first page. Subtle twists to the plot keep the story always moving forward. And I wasn’t sure to expect w
Marji Laine
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Halfway through this book, I stopped and told my daughter, "Katie Ganshert is Michelangelo with words."

Halfway through this book, I stopped and told my daughter, "Katie Ganshert is Michelangelo with words."

I'm in total awe! Her main character, Bethany Quinn, is terribly realistic. I say terribly because she alternates between sweet and self-absorbed. She proves easy to identify with (I hate to admit) but not always easy to like. Her personal agendas and hidden pain provide many of the conflicts
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read all of Ganshert’s books, I have been remiss I’m not reading her debut. I’m not sure if it was my mood or where I’m at in life, but it seemed a bit extra on the dramatics. However, the character development is spot on and makes the book well worth the read.
Keli Gwyn
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A Moving Story of Hurt, Hope, and Healing

Many times I finish a novel, heave a contented sigh, close the book, and move on. Other times I reach the end and find myself so impacted by the story I’ve just read that I know I’ll be thinking about it for days to come and will still remember the book years later. Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert is definitely the latter.

Ganshert drew me in from the start with her engaging voice, flawed but lovable characters, and clever handling of some challe
Jan 15, 2013 added it
Wildflowers from Winter is one of my favorite CBA books of the past year! It's touching, emotional, hopeful, and beautifully written. I especially loved how Katie wrote some chapters in first person and interspersed those through a novel otherwise written in third person. Unique and extremely effective!

The heroine, Bethany, returns to her small hometown to help Robin, her childhood best friend through the tragic loss of her husband. In the process, Bethany works through her own complicated feeli
Christina Claypool
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In one of those God-directed opportunities, I was blessed to hear author, Katie Ganshert present the opening address for a writers conference in 2014. I was impressed by her spiritual insight and humble heart so greatly, I picked up "Wildflowers from Winter" from the library. What I learned is that this is not a typical romance novel, but a deeply moving women's fiction story about the twists and turns that beset the lives of its main characters.
Ganshert's writing style is amazingly metaphori
Jill Kemerer
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the opening line, you know the main character, Bethany, tells it like it is. This is a very deep book, with heavy themes, and gut-wrenching events. For me, one of the highlights was the setting--I loved Peaks and Grandpa Dan's farm. Ms. Ganshert excels at lyrical writing and painted a lovely picture of how a small town can feel either like home or like being in a locked closet with no way out.

I also was touched by Bethany's growth. With believable and understandable motivations for being a
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful book! It was full of difficult topics such as loss, grief, and hopelessness. The characters felt very real in their reactions and interactions toward each other. Sometimes the heroine reacted badly to situations and struggled with selfish desires. She went through a lot of growth thoughout the story, making this a book that was very hard to set down. I've already begun reading the second book in the series, Wishing on Willows, because I wanted to continue to visit with these char ...more
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think Ganshert is really talented. This story drew me in even though a good portion of the book was somewhat depressing. The darkness made the ending all the more powerful - so the title is definitely appropriate. The author does a great job at making the characters seem realistic and making us care about their stories. (Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher; my full-length review will be posted on The Christian Manifesto.)
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An exciting drama of overcoming adversity.
Cheryl Olson
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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Bethany Quinn is a girl who seemingly has it all- a great job as an architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, youth, beauty and a boyfriend of three years. But appearances can be deceiving as she also has a past; a past she has definitely moved on from, living in a trailer park in Iowa with a difficult, confusing relationship with her mother as well as a father that left her life too soon, leaving her with heartache and despair. The past wasn’t all bad though as her Grandpa Dan also lived there o ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bethany Quinn's life is the definition of success--cushy job at a prestigious architectural firm, great apartment in Chicago, and a boyfriend that's an up-and-coming big-city attorney. When she gets an urgent call out of the blue from her mother that she needs to return to podunk Peaks, Iowa, she sends her frustration and ranting into the universe and reluctantly makes the trip...the trip that sends her back to her Grandpa Dan, the one whom she could always depend on. What she doesn't count on i ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert
Bethany Quinn wants nothing to do with her hometown. She left Peaks, Iowa at eighteen and has rarely looked back, although she carries every memory loaded on her back and weighing her down. When she gets a call that there is a crisis, she figures she'll send a card. When the next call tells her of her Grandpa Dan in crisis, she takes a few days off from her architect job in Chicago. She has her fancy job, clothes and car...far from the trailer park girl s
The Overweight Bookshelf
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I opened to the first page of this book with the intention of reading for thirty minutes before bed. I listlessly flipped to the first page as a settled against a mountain of pillows with a purring cat draped at my feet. My eyes skimmed over the first sentence of that first page and I froze. Literally. Breath trapped in lungs, hand poised above purring kitty's head. FROZEN. It felt like I had been hit by an emotional 2-by-4 r
Jessica Patch
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Katie Ganshert's debut novel Wildflowers from Winter blew me away. Ever had one rotten thing happen after another and in between a lot of annoying little things? Me too. Real life. But not so depressing that you don't want to read it. In fact, Bethany's determination kept me reading one page after another to discover the next step in her journey.

I loved how every few chapters I got to see a glimpse of Bethany's past which made me want to cheer her on even more. Ganshert's fresh, be
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This debut novel by Katie Gashert was actually my second by her. I read A Broken Kind of Beautiful earlier this year. There were definitely similarities between the two stories. Both had a heroine wrapped up in her career and living in a large city. Both had difficult childhoods. Despite these similarities, the novels did tell two different stories. I found that I enjoyed Wildflowers from Winter more than A Broken Kind of Beautiful. Perhaps because I could more easily relate to Bethany, the hero ...more
Adele Jones
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
I really enjoyed this novel from Katie Ganshert. Her writing is excellent and I found the characters quite believable, the plot sufficiently developed, and the pace moved along enough to hold attention, while allowing room for characters to process deep emotional grief. At times I grew a little frustrated with the ongoing misunderstandings and miscommunications (not to mention stubbornness) between main protagonists Bethany and Evan. There were also a few moments I feared Bethany's tra
Jody Hedlund
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathleen E.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Friday, March 16, 2012
The Best of 2012!! Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

Wildflowers from Winter
This is absolutely the very best book of 2012 and it is only March! I received this advance reading copy from the author. I have been waiting for it since before it arrived on her doorstep!!

Look at this cover because you are going to be seeing a lot of it in the near future!
Release date: May 8, 2012.

~* Read all about it! *~

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Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
There’s a hiccup with my 4 star rating. This book didn’t have the relational connection that I anticipated. Dialogue exchanges frequently fell flat on the floor. True, the main character Bethany was ‘forced’ into small town living which she continuously tried to escape. In some respects Bethany was very selfish and stone cold. Her mind battled to be nicer. To be more giving. To let go. A tough combination in a close knit community. Overall, this was a delightful read!
Kathleen Meacham
I liked this book but found it to drag a bit in the middle. That said -- there was a nice christian message folded in, and it was totally devoid of anything untoward -- always a plus.
Virginia Campbell
Author Katie Ganshert's debut work, "Wildflowers from Winter", is beautifully written and perfectly paced. There are no false notes in this involving story which flows like a bubbling stream toward a waiting lake. I loved the characters, and I understood their conflicts and appreciated their struggles to make sense of what was happening around them. Each character in turn had a crisis of faith, and there were no simple answers. Their pain as they suffered their spiritual struggles was poignantly ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Bethany Quinn, now an architect in a Chicago firm, never wanted to go back to Peaks, Iowa, her hometown. Her mother and paternal grandfather still live there and when she left there 10 years ago she never looked back. She did keep in touch but never returned and never planned on returning either.

Ruth, her mother, sent her a message one day to let her know that her best friend's husband died and Robin needed her. She wasn't going to go until she learned that Dan, her grandfather, had a heart atta
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Bethany Quinn finally has the life she always wanted. A relationship with a successful lawyer which seemed to be moving forward. A good job with a prestigious architectural firm in Chicago, nice car, expensive clothes, fabulous apartment. A far cry from the broken down trailer and second-hand clothes she knew as a girl. Far away from the small town life she hated. Far away from the memories of her childhood tragedy. Everything is perfect. Just the way she always wanted it to be.

Then everything s
Amy Bradsher
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bethany Quinn has spent years building her career as an architect at a fancy Chicago firm - until her grandfather dies, forcing her to return to the tiny rural town in which she grew up. Suddenly becoming a modern-day Job, her life turns upside down as she inherits his farm but loses everything she values. Could the farm - and the man who inherited the farmhouse - restore her faith and help her find her way?

Wildflowers from Winter is a modern spin at the story of Job that shows us just how easy
Renn Shearin
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like Winter, grief has a season.
Life, however, returns with Spring.

As a young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built the life she dreamed of during her trailer-park teen years. An unexpected call 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. The unexpected inheritance of five
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Katie (K.E.) Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She’s won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about K.E. Ganshert and these things she writes at her web ...more

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