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About Wildflowers from Winter

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?

Praise

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

About Katie Ganshert

Christy Award finalist, Katie Ganshert is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. She lives in Iowa with her handsome husband, their dinosaur-loving son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she’s not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption, which she and her husband hope to complete sometime before they are fifty.

Product Details

320 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: May 8, 2012

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

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Like the winter, grief has a season. Life returns with the spring.

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In Katie Ganshert’s debut book, Wildflowers from Winter, readers will find a refreshing authenticity, as God’s gift of new life amidst tragedy unfolds through her characters.

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By Amanda Beaty

My biggest problem with the book wasn't a plot issue, but an editing issue. The author switches from a first-person prologue to third person story, then back to first person, then back to third yet again. It was very distracting and pulled me out of the story.As for the story, I was going to keep reading regardless, because Bethany's relationship with her grandfather reminded me of my adoration for my own late grandfather. There may have been...

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By Cynthia Mealer

WILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER Katie Ganshert Waterbrook Press Publication Date: May 8, 2012 From the back cover: 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...

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By Becky Ritta

Wildflowers from Winter grabbed my attention from the beginning and didn't let go until I'd finished the last page. When circumstances bring Bethany back to her hometown kicking and screaming, she finds herself on a journey to find her purpose and her place to belong ... and eventually this journey leads her to God. It also leads her to Evan, who is one of the most fantastic romance novel heroes I've read about in a while. Kind, confident,...

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By renee shelton

Bethany is called back to her humble beginnings and plans on not staying. But after inheriting a farm, she has to make a decision and one that she doesn't really want to make. This is a Christian romance, but has enough background to make it an enjoyable read. Bethany's background is heartbreaking and the ending is fulfilling. Ganshert did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life, and while Bethany is the main character in the...

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By Brooke @ 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...

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