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"In this novel rich in details and well-thought-out characters, Ganshert offers something for everyone: romance, secrets, a few laughs. The reader will come away with the knowledge that even in the arms of grief, hope emerges after loss."
-         Romantic Times

"Themes of loss and redemption, believable characters, and a realistic view of life's challenges make this debut a worthwhile, gut-wrenching read. Recommended for fans of Francine Rivers."
-         Library Journal

"Katie Ganshert knows how to wring the heart of a scene in order to place her reader within a character's pain and wonder. Wildflowers from Winter is a romantic beauty-from-ashes story - and a promising series starter from this debut author."
- USA Today

Praise for Wildflowers from Winter

“From winter’s chill to the warm breath of spring, Wildflowers from Winter is a poignant and powerful tale of love, faith and hope through seasons of grief. A stunning debut, Katie Ganshert has penned a breathless journey that will steal both your heart and your sleep.”
—Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

“Katie Ganshert writes with a compelling mix of honesty and soul. With compassion and a keen eye for the dynamics of relationship, she wrestles with complex issues of love, freedom, and faith.”
—Nicole Baart, bestselling author of Far From Here

“An impressive debut novel. Ganshert weaves a genuine story of love and forgiveness, family and friendship with simple but beautiful prose. She didn't just capture my interest with this story, she captured my heart. Well done!” 
—Rachel Hauck, award winning author of The Wedding Dress 
“Katie Ganshert’s debut novel is wonderfully and lyrically written. Don’t miss this refreshing new voice in book-club fiction for Christian readers.”
—Susan Meissner, author A Sound Among the Trees and The Shape of Mercy

Wildflowers from Winter offers characters displaying true-to-life emotions, a plot that engages the reader, and beautifully turned phrases. One of the best debut novels I’ve read.”
—Richard L. Mabry, MD, author of The Tender Scar and the Prescription for Trouble series

“With a fresh voice, Ganshert grips you from page one and takes you on a soul-searching journey. Her characters, in all their imperfections, leap off the pages and into your heart. The richness of the story will move your faith and emotions, leaving the warmth of hope long after you finish the last page.”
—Jody Hedlund, bestselling author of The Preacher’s Bride

“Wildflowers from Winter
will touch your heart and leave you longing for a more simple life—and more stories by this new author. Katie Ganshert has penned an impressive debut novel about family strife and going home again, even when it’s against your will. This tender story blends human drama and fragile relationships with true-to-life characters that will jump off the page and into your heart.”
—Deborah Vogts, author of Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer

“What a powerful story! In Wildflowers from Winter, Katie Ganshert gives readers a very touching tale about the power of love and faith to heal a hurting heart. The cast of characters will grab hold of your heart from the first chapter and stay with you long after you turn the last page. The issues raised and their resolutions are realistic and thought provoking. Katie knows how to write a romance with deep emotion and meaning.”
—Carrie Turansky, author of A Man To Trust and Surrendered Hearts

“As soft as new snow and as beautiful as a field of flowers, Wildflowers from Winter is a refreshing and illuminating journey from anger and doubt to understanding and peace. Once you meet the characters of Peaks, IA, you won’t want to say goodbye.”  
—Erica Vetsch, author of A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

“Beautifully drawn characters will win your heart from page one of this poignant story, lingering in your mind when you've finished. It's a tale of loss and sorrow and of dreams redeemed. Novel Rocket and I give it a very high recommendation.”
—Ane Mulligan, Sr. Editor Novel Rocket

About the Author

Award-winning author, Katie Ganshert, graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her family. When she's not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website, katieganshert.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730381
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the exciting state of Iowa, where she currently resides with her family. She likes to write things and consume large quantities of coffee and chocolate while she writes all the things. She's won some awards. For the writing, not the consuming. Although the latter would be fun. You can learn more about Katie and these things she writes at her website www.katieganshert.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Burton Book Review on June 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I had seen this book being gushed over on the blogs and on Amazon and I attended a chat with the author and some of the other Christian fiction authors I would like to read, but I didn't love this one as much as I wanted to. Because the author, Katie Ganshert, is really a true sweetheart. That being said, I think I really need to stick with the historical Christian theme as opposed to the contemporary, because yet again I've found myself disliking the main protagonist, probably because of their modern ways and attitudes.

The storyline follows suit where Bethany disappoints others, mostly the handsome cowboy we'll call My Hero, and she does it over and over again. She is insistent upon ignoring her roots and despising the fact that -oh no- she used to live in a trailer. I remember thinking what if there was a young woman living in a trailer reading Wildflowers from Winter feeling a little slighted by Bethany right about now? Bethany's character needs to undergo severe attitude adjustments, and the novel slowly gets us towards that.

Bethany goes back home when friends and family members sincerely need her, and she does her best to accommodate them. However, Bethany has a lot of things on her mind such as the life she had to leave behind in order to go back to her hometown, and her mind isn't ready to accept the fact that maybe she should stay in her hometown. Her best friend Robin is a good reason to stay, although Bethany is resisting all clues that show her the path to happiness. A few plot twists keep us reading, and there is a big bang at the end of the novel that was really well done, and yes, had me crying.

Finally, Bethany finds a bit of peace with her lot and is able to make a decision on whether to stay or go off to some major architect firm.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Becky Willey on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love to read fiction of all kinds, but find often that many of the "romance" books I read are predictable and shallow. Not so with Wildflowers from Winter. The author gave me an advance copy to read and I thought I would be polite and read it over my break. Unfortunately :) I opened it for just a second to see what it was like. I could not put the book down and was done the next morning! The characters have depth and the story has true value. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait for the sequel!!! Would never have guessed that a debut author wrote this. Katie Ganshert has a long and exciting career of writing in front of her!!! Don't miss this story!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
From the very first line, I knew this would be a novel I would fall in love with. I did that and so much more.

There are so many elements to this story that I loved. A woman with a hidden past, she doesn't even want to confront, finds herself in the last place she ever wanted to be. And she just might be falling in love.

The writing is so incredibly strong. The characters grow from the very first page. Subtle twists to the plot keep the story always moving forward. And I wasn't sure to expect with each new chapter.

It's the kind of novel I *love* to read. Dialogue that zings, characters that have so much growth to make, but as a reader, I can't help loving them anyway. A plot that makes a reader so eager to know how it all ends, and yet writing that makes me to want to stop and just savor every word.

In short, I really didn't want it to end.

Katie Ganshert may be a debut author, but this novel does not read like a debut. Surely she has been holding out on us and there is a published backlist. And yet there is just enough room to grow in her writing, that I know the next book will be even better.

It's that kind of book. Women's fiction/romance fans...this book will become your new best read. It's making my 2012 best list. Easy!

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for an advance copy to review.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Salatin on June 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
If I could only use one word to describe this book it would be:

Heart-wrenching

Okay, so maybe that's two words, but you get my drift.

Oh, my. Bethany Quinn goes through some rough stuff. Her best friend, Robin, from childhood loses her husband. I can't even begin to tell you the tears that I shed for Robin. The grief was so real that I had to put the book down at times, just so I could breathe and grab some more tissues.

Then her grandfather dies and tragedy keeps on rearing its ugly head. Bethany struggles with her non-existent faith, and her mother is victim to a legalistic jerk of a pastor.

Evan Price, the farmhand, is an amazing guy. Strong and real. Gotta love those farm boys!

The characters, oh, the characters in this book. Was this a novel or a biography? Katie Ganshert, how in the world did you write them so real?

Bravo! Well done! But can I admit that I probably won't ever read the story again? It was just too painful of a journey for me. The ended was very well done, so don't worry about it leaving you holding onto a snarled tissue with all hope gone. Quite the contrary.

Many thanks to Water Brook Books for my review copy of this book. All opinion expressed here are mine. :)
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