Local Book Reviews
Reviewing Midwest Authors
Wisteria: Rekindling faith and purpose is a debut novel from Pine Island, Minnesota resident Ginny Graham. It is the story of Angela, who becomes a widow after a tragic car accident kills her husband and two of his friends.
The story follows Angela's journey of rebuilding a new life for herself as she tries and makes her flower shop, Wisteria, a success to be able to support herself now that she no longer has her husband's income.
The friendship between the three women, who all lost their husbands at the same time, and the support group that they created for themselves is a strength of the novel. The novel is classified as Christian contemporary fiction, and we see Angela struggle to reconcile her faith with the loss of her husband. It is not a fast paced story, but for those of you who enjoy stories centered around small towns, small businesses, families, and the friendships of women you will enjoy it.
I interviewed Graham for the News-Record, our local newspaper, and she writes from personal experience. Graham's personal research and fascination with flower decorating comes through strong in the book. She had shared with me that she spent a lot of time popping into flower shops and asking to watch them make arrangements.
She is a widow and she lost her husband after a long battle with cancer. She was left with her husband's small town butcher shop to run until she was able to sell it. Her desire to write the book came from her personal experience with reaching books with widows in them. She could always tell which authors had their own personal experience and which were fabricating what they thought being a widow would be like.
Her book can be purchased on Amazon here: Wisteria: Rekindling faith and purpose
Visit her website: Ginny Graham if you'd like to learn more about her.