Bethany Quinn left her hometown of Peaks (along with it's memories & her best friend Robin) to pursue her dream of being an architect. She's been working at a prestigious Chicago firm for awhile now and along with dating a good-looking but shallow lawyer, her dream has become a reality. Then she receives a phone call from her estranged mother that causes her to return to Peaks. Robin is dealing with a crisis and her grandfather has had a heart attack. Bethany decides to handle what she needs to handle and leave as quickly as possible. Then she meets Evan Price. He's taken care of her grandfather and his land for the past several years. Now she's inherited that land. And just what is she suppose to do about that? It's not long before she receives unexpected news from Chicago, which will now extend her stay in Peaks. When Bethany reveals her plan for the land, Evan fights her decision but knows she is one determined lady. And even though he's frustrated with her he also feels a tugging in his heart. Evan drives Bethany crazy but he also gives her goosebumps she's never had before. In the time shes been in Peaks, she's felt hard-pressed to reconcile the God of her youth and the God she sees now. Will Bethany continue to hold tightly to the past (hurts and all) or will she learn to let go and allow God to show her who He really is?
Wildflowers from Winter is a well-written, emotionally-stirring tale that's full of very true-to-life characters. I honestly felt like they could just walk right off the page into my living room. I found the dialog to be very realistic as well. We all have our issues and, like Bethany, our past is what shapes us into who we are today. With that in mind, I appreciated how the author so carefully displayed that God can still work in our lives despite how we feel and in spite of what we think. The story deals with some very deep emotions. The emotions of hurt, anger, loss, grief, pride and hypocrisy. I think those are emotions that have touched all of our lives. And though you'll find a lot of angst among the pages, you'll also find a lot of hope. We can all use a good dose of that! If you're looking for a story that will challenge your emotions then I would definitely recommend Wildflowers from Winter. I am now looking forward to Wishing on Willows!
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 8, 2012)
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review*