Monday, August 13, 2012

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Book Review: Wildflowers from Winter

It feels like forever since I wrote a review that wasn't somehow comic book related. I'm pretty sure that's not the case but sometimes when you get wrapped up in one aspect, the others seem to fade into the background.

Since returning from Phoenix, I've been feeling a bit down and somehow this book found me at just the right time.

"Like the winter, grief has a season. Life returns with the spring.

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built the life she dreamed of during her teen years in a trailer park.  An unexpected interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. 

Determined to pay her respects to her past while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of five hundred acres of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years.  When Bethany is left the land, Evan must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.

For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace that she’s not even sure exists?"

Y'all know that I don't usually veer towards Christian fiction, but this is one that I will not hesitate to tell you to pick up if you just want a good book to get lost in. Yes, there are Christian themes as Bethany struggles with her beliefs while struggling with a string of losses. However, there's more to this story than just that. Bethany is a very real character. For anyone who has gone through similar circumstances, you'll relate to her as she deals with one thing after another. It's one that is going onto my shelves and one that I suspect I'm going to read more than just this one time. 

If you'd like more information about the book, please head on over to the author's site or read the first chapter over at Waterbrook Multnomah

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and comments are 100% mine.

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