We spent the first 30 minutes of our time discussing the book--yah know before Katie's turn! :)
Our rating 1-5 stars: 4 stars!
I think for the first time ever, everyone liked this book! Here's some of the things we said pre-Katie:
"I connected with Bethany from the very get-go."
"I didn't connect with her at first but then I realized how insecure she was, and by the end I forgot she was a fictional character."
"I loved the romance! It wasn't too much but just enough that it didn't overpower the real story."
"I want to meet Evan! Whoo--that kiss!"
"I thought Robin's grief was real, too real. It hit home and that's all I could focus on."
"I think the author wrote beautifully but not over my head."
"I want that cake recipe!"
"I'd like Evan!"
And then we had the chance to skype with the beautiful, smart, and funny Katie Ganshert! She was very personable and interactive with us which is fabulous! She even asked us questions! I loved that and so did our Faith Readers. It made us all feel valuable. I can't quote everything said because I don't want to give anything away! But here's a few things I can share!
Katie sent us a picture of who she thought Evan looked like!
She explained some of the changes her editor asked for, which was amazing how she pulled off those feats!
She talked about some of her inspiration, people she talked to about grief and a book she read.
Everyone took turns on the camera asking questions and laughing. It was a great night!
Katie's debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter is an amazing book and I encourage anyone to read it! In honor of her release, I've invited Katie to spend the rest of the week on the blog!
Wednesday, she'll be sharing a powerful devotion with you and on Friday we'll play Would You Rather with Bethany and Evan, her main characters and Katie herself! It's going to be lots of fun so make sure you come back and visit!
Here's a sneak peek at Wildflowers from Winter!
A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an 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 while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance 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. So when Bethany is left the land, he 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 she's not even sure exists?
What's your favorite cupcake? Have you ever made a recipe an author included in the novel?