Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Wildflowers from Winter


Katie Ganshert really got my attention with this one. Wildflowers from Winter was not what I was expecting, but in a very good way. Bethany Quinn is a young architect who moved away from her "terrible" childhood home at the first chance she got. She wanted nothing to do with the memories, the lifestyle, or most of the people...until her best friend from her childhood, Robin, experiences a horrific loss, and her beloved grandfather falls ill. She decides to fulfill her obligatory duty to them by returning for a short visit, and finds herself wrapped in the emotions she had so long tried to avoid.

While there, Bethany meets her grandfather's farmhand, Evan Price, and an unexpected turn of events practically leaves his dreams in Bethany's unsure hands. Will her own dreams destroy his? The two started off on the wrong foot, so to speak, and quickly find each other condescending and difficult to understand. Their tit for tat behavior lies precariously between animosity and a budding romance, and this new found power that Bethany holds makes their acquaintanceship and temporary business partner relationship even more awkward.

Yes, this is a romance novel. However, it offers something more than your typical love story. There were surprising moments I didn't predict, but more than that, there was real emotion. As Bethany struggled to make peace with her past, I felt her angst. I cried along with Robin as she grieved. I felt Evan's heartache as he struggled to understand Bethany. I was overwhelmingly sad after the book was finished. There was so much raw emotion, I felt drained. The book was a reminder that sometimes we get so caught up in how we perceive things happened, and we hold that hatred for so long that it makes it nearly impossible to move on. As the back of the book says "Like the winter, grief has a season. Life returns with the spring."

There is going to be a sequel that tells Robin's story, and that is one I would willingly read!

You can read more about the book, including the first chapter at the author's website.


I received a complimentary copy of this book as a member of the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest opinion.

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