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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307730381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730381
  • ASIN: 0307730387
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching romantic movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels and coffee. She could talk books all day and is often spotted around town pushing a stroller, walking a dog, and reading—all at the same time. Visit her website: KatieGanshert.com.

More About the 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 husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she's not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. Visit her website at katieganshert.com

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The characters in this story feel so real.
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I definitely recommend Katie Ganshert's Wildflowers from Winter and I look forward to reading Ganshert's second book in the series, Wishing on Willows.
I read this book from start to finish last night because it was impossible to put down, I had to find out how it ended!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Lynn 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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5 of 5 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:


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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Bartelt on December 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I didn't like Bethany Quinn at first. She seemed stuck-up, full of herself and operated with an attitude that she was better than other people.

But as with most first impressions, I was too quick to judge.

Bethany's story unfolds on the pages of Wildflowers from Winter, the debut novel from Midwest (yay!) author Katie Ganshert, and the more I got to know Bethany, the more I sympathized with her. A small-town girl with some deep wounds, Bethany hightailed it out of town when she turned 18 and didn't look back. Now, she's an architect at a prestigious firm in Chicago with a lawyer boyfriend, living the life she imagined. A family tragedy draws her back to her Iowa hometown and Bethany finds that escaping her past, and the memories both good and bad, wasn't as easy as she thought.

Wildflowers from Winter is a story of loss and redemption. Bethany thinks she has it all, and when she loses the "sure things" in her life, she starts to question her life and future. She gave up on God years ago but she discovers that He hasn't given up on her.

Ganshert's writing is simple and poetic. The story flows like the stream winding its way through Bethany's grandfather's property and gently carries the reader along. And there are moments, not an abundance, where her words convey a solid truth, like a giant rock perched in the middle of the stream, and you sit with the wisdom for a little while before moving on with the story.

Her descriptions of the small town and the surrounding farmland made me homesick for my hometown in Illinois. Yes, I love the beauty of the mountains here, but I will always miss the farmland scenes. Maybe that's something only Midwesterners can appreciate. Anyway, I could see it the way Ganshert described it, and I wanted to be there.
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