Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wildflowers from Winter Book Review

I have another good book to tell you about called Wildflowers from Winter written by Katie Ganshert. I like to give you the excerpt first then my little spiel at what I read or how I took it.
A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer-park dwelling teen years---until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck her in her hometown. 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. 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 own 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?
When Bethany's father was injured at work and landed in a wheelchair when she was growing up, their pastor kept telling her that it was because of her father's sinful life. She grew up hating that pastor and her mother. Her father died in a bathtub one day and the pastor still felt it was her father's sinful life that gave him all that bad luck.

Bethany got out of there as fast as she could and when her grandfather died (she loved him and thought of him more as a father), she had to return. Her grandfather had left her 500 acres and the young man who had been working it got the house, barn and 10 acres of land. After the funeral, Bethany returned back to Chicago but shortly lost her job and had to return back home with the intention of selling that 500 acres so she could open her own architecture business.

Well, we know how the best laid plans go. She had to move in with her only childhood friend, Robin, who had just lost her husband and was pregnant with her first child. Robin's husband was also Evan's brother. Robin became so depressed that Bethany told her she would hold off a little bit about selling the land to start her business.

I am going to stop there or you won't want to read the book. I don't want to give all the goodies away. This is a good book that teaches us to go with the flow and not be so rigid and to learn to bend when needed. It is all in God's hands anyway and the more you try to change them, the worse you might make of them. You will enjoy this book. There is no foul language or gross descriptions, so it is a nice clean book, which is the kind that I prefer.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. Pictures were supplied by me and my cranky camera.