Book Review: Wildflowers from Winter

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(From the publisher)  Bethany Quinn was happy to leave her small town ten years ago to create a new, successful life. But when tragedies strike at home, she is forced to return and face the pain of her childhood. Out of options, Bethany tries to find a place where love and faith make sense again (Ganshert, 2012)

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I love to read, I love books!  (Thank you mom for my love of reading!) Reading is a passion of mine. I love to read anything from romance, to thrillers, to non-fiction.

To be honest, I am not a huge fan of a lot of Christian Fiction Romance novels. I often find them hokey, not realistic and just plain boring. There I said it! I might be banned from the some Christian circles.  Katie Ganshert’s book Wildflowers from Winter is a Christian Fiction book. As usual, I was late to the party. Most of my friends had read this book. I was hesitant to look up another Christian fiction love story, but so glad I did!

I believe this book is unlike most Christian love stories. Bethany has to one of my favorite character’s in christian fiction. I connected with this character because in a lot of ways I was her .  There is something in the rawness of this character’s flaws that makes her unquie to other Christian love stories. She is strong willed, determined and hard headed. ( I totally understood her).

She has been hurt, she is broken, she is need of a Savior.  I was Bethany at one point of my life.  I was hurt by people who was suppose to love Christ. Loving Christ means loving sinners. (not the sin, but the person, the heart.)  I was in need of forgiveness and know that as flawed as people are, that God is not. This book spoke to my heart in a way that is unique and beautiful.

This book is about love, redemption, and salvation. There is a love story for all of us who love a good love story but for those of us who had a background that is less than stellar, this might be a book that sings to your heart.

This book brings a lot of attention to a lot of unique issues. It will help you think through some hard stuff. I ended up loving Bethany, flaws and all. I love her imperfections and God’s perfections in woven into the story. Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommended it. It would be a great book club read!

katie Author Bio: Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys being silly and laughing with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over coffee and bagels. She and her husband are in the process of adopting from the Congo.

(taken from Author’s website:

Ganshert, K. (2012). Wildflowers from winter. Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press.

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