Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

In this soon-to-be released title from Waterbrook Multnomah, urban architect Bethany Quinn must return to the place she disdains: her rural Iowa hometown. After learning of the death of an estranged friend’s husband and the death of her grandfather, Bethany must return home and face not only death, but a strained relationship with her mother.

Using the motif of architecture and building, author Katie Ganshert uses Bethany as a subject that learns how to metaphorically rebuild her life. After a sudden layoff and a breakup with her boyfriend, Katie realizes her struggles with the idea of faith and Christianity. Moreover, Bethany must repair her relationship with God (despite an unusual religious upbringing), mend her maternal relationships, and also learn to accommodate others when life does not suit into her own plans. Throughout the narrative, Bethany finds grace, love, and renewed hope.

Though the book is a little over 300 pages, I found it to be a quick and pleasant read. Though at times I wanted to roll my eyes at the corny romance plot that is present and embedded in so many Christian novels, Wildflowers from Winter can be recommended for those who desire a wholesome read with a fast-paced plot line.

PS – I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the good people at WaterbrookMultnomah.

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