About the Book
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?Visit Katie’s website here.
I opened to the first page of this book with the intention of reading for thirty minutes before bed. I listlessly flipped to the first page as a settled against a mountain of pillows with a purring cat draped at my feet. My eyes skimmed over the first sentence of that first page and I froze. Literally. Breath trapped in lungs, hand poised above purring kitty’s head. FROZEN. It felt like I had been hit by an emotional 2-by-4 right in the solar plexus of my soul. All it took was ten little words to suck me in with the strength of a violent undertow: “The summer I turned twelve, I tried to kill myself.”
Needless to say, my thirty minute time allotment turned in to three hours and resulted and bruised and puffy eyes the next morning from lack of sleep and a few shed tears. Oh, but it was so worth it! Immediately I wanted to know everything about Bethany, but like every great author, Katie revealed each tantalizing detail with deliberate calculation. The chapters alternated between introspective third person narration and Bethany’s first person accounts of memories from her past. This is executed brilliantly as the reader is placed in the position of seeing and feeling all without knowing all.
All of the characters in this book have suffered losses-both past and recent. Their pain is penetrating and raw, but their journey towards healing and freedom will reaffirm and stretch your own faith. Each page held a vulnerable poignancy that whispered in my heart and stirred my spirit. The depth of this story belies Katie’s status as a debut author. If her first offering is this wonderful than her second (and third, fourth, fifth…hundredth) will be a masterpiece to behold.
Giveaway (ends May 6th)
Katie has generously offered to provide one reader with an advanced copy of her novel. Simply follow the steps below to enter. All participants must be 13 years or older from the US and Canada.
**Review and giveaway copy provided by the author**