Bethany Quinn has spent years building her career as an architect at a fancy Chicago firm - until her grandfather dies, forcing her to return to the tiny rural town in which she grew up. Suddenly becoming a modern-day Job, her life turns upside down as she inherits his farm but loses everything she values. Could the farm - and the man who inherited the farmhouse - restore her faith and help her find her way?
Wildflowers from Winter is a modern spin at the story of Job that shows us just how easy it is to lose sight of what's really important. Like so many Americans, Bethany Quinn was trying to improve her life, working hard at being successful and wealthy, when those things aren't what really lasts. Learning these lessons is difficult for Quinn, and that means that it's not exactly a perky read, either - Quinn really struggles with a new view of her desires, who God is, and what is meaningful and lasting in this life. Her best friend, who is trying to put one foot in front of the other after the tragic death of her husband, adds to the emotional depth of this story.
Yet this story isn't all about the difficult. Evan Price, the man who inherited her grandfather's house and surrounding acreage, is a hunk of a farmer, and he's a faithful man of God - who's intertwined with Bethany's stay in her hometown. As their paths keep crossing, Quinn grows to respect this man who tries to do the right thing, even when he's struggling himself, and their mutual attraction keeps the sparks flying throughout the story. This definitely lightens the mood when it gets somber, but also adds a great reflection to Quinn's friend's marriage - Robin had a great marriage and is mourning the end, but Quinn is contemplating a new relationship with Evan, and could it be as wonderful? Both love twists will have you reaching for your husband, in need of a hug - thankful for the relationship and that he's still here.
Ganshert writes so smoothly that I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. Quinn became real in my mind, and I was alternately frustrated at her selfishness and brainstorming ways to help her friends. I was concerned for grieving Robin, laughing at Grandfather's cunning matchmaking skills, and irritated at the arrogant pastor who led Quinn astray so long ago. I loved this book for its layers - layers of fun and frolic, depth and emotion, plans and regrets and issues.
Wildflowers from Winter is an unusually deep romantic love story with a calm and steadfast setting that perfectly reflects our Creator's love for us. Don't miss this one.
I received a free copy of Wildflowers from Winter from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.