Sunday, April 22, 2012
Wildflowers from Winter
In “Wildflowers from Winter” by Katie Ganshert, we meet Bethany Quinn. When Bethany receives a call from her mother that her childhood friend, Robin, is going through a traumatic experience and that her own grandfather has had a heart attack, she decides to go home for a visit. Bethany left her small hometown for the big city of Chicago to be an architect. She has not returned in ten years because of several incidents in her childhood that have left bitter memories for her. When Bethany arrives at her grandfather’s farm she meets Evan. Bethany soon finds out that Robin is Evan’s sister-in-law. After Robin’s husband dies, Bethany heads back to Chicago so that she will not have to deal with her feelings. But when she returns she finds out she no longer has a job and she receives a call that her grandfather has died. Bethany returns home and finds out that her grandfather has divided the farm and house between her and Evan. The two clash over the future of the farm and Bethany moves in with Robin. Bethany is determined to pull Robin out of her grief and Evan is determined to find out why Bethany has a wall around her heart. Will Bethany let go of her anger towards God? Will Evan and Bethany have a future together?
This book is a great example of how different people can react to death. Bethany became bitter towards her family and God. She was determined to never have to rely on anybody. Robin turns towards God because she knows that without Him she would never be able to make it day to day. I can definitely relate to Bethany because I have been in her situation and became very angry with God. It took many years to realize that God is in control and will never give me more than I can handle. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be dealing with the death of a loved one. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read the first chapter of this book.