Wishing on Willows    -     By: Katie Ganshert
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Waterbrook Press / 2013 / Paperback

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A 3-year-old son, struggling cafe, and fading memories are all that Robin has left of her husband. When the unnervingly handsome Ian McKay tries to buy riverfront properties, Robin refuses to sell, splitting the town's loyalty. As attraction ignites and old wounds break open, can Robin and Ian overcome the past to embrace a second chance? 320 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0307730409
ISBN-13: 9780307730404

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Publisher's Description

Does a second chance at life and love always involve surrender?
A three-year old son, a struggling café, and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Café in small town Peaks, Iowa,  she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sense of purpose and community the work provides.
So when developer Ian McKay shows up in Peaks with plans to build condos where her café and a vital town ministry are located, she isn’t about to let go without a fight.
As stubborn as he is handsome, Ian won’t give up easily. His family’s business depends on his success in Peaks. But as Ian pushes to seal the deal, he wonders if he has met his match. Robin’s gracious spirit threatens to undo his resolve, especially when he discovers the beautiful widow harbors a grief that resonates with his own.
With polarized opinions forming all over town, business becomes unavoidably personal and Robin and Ian must decide whether to cling to the familiar or surrender their plans to the God of Second Chances.

Author Bio

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 and their young son. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Wishing on Willows

"Have you ever been through a painful season in life and wished for something new, something fresh, or even something healing to come along? Take this journey with Robin Price, a widow and single mother with a big heart and passion for those closest to her, as she wades through trying to live, let go, and love again. Wishing on Willows is a story of hope that will find you stepping up to the willow tree and daring to make wishes."
—Cheryl McKay, coauthor of Never the Bride and author of Finally the Bride: Finding Hope While Waiting

"What I’ve come to admire about Katie Ganshert’s writing is how skillfully and compassionately she creates memorable characters and weaves into their lives authentic struggles. From the very first line, "The first time I lost my
husband…," to the last line, "The whispered words came without fear or guilt or hesitation," we are given the gifts of grieving and letting go told with humor; realistic trials; characters I want to go on telling their stories; and the
longings of the human heart. This is a fine, fine novel."
—Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times best-selling author of Where Lilacs Still Bloom

"Just like a willow tree, Wishing on Willows evokes grace, humility, and beauty. A well-penned story of sacrifice, second chances, and love, Ganshert’s second novel is as poignant as her first. This is a must-read for any reader seeking to find comfort beneath their own proverbial willow."
—Betsy St. Amant, author of Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK

"In Wishing on Willows, Katie Ganshert delicately weaves together a story of healing and renewed hope. Will young widow Robin Price choose to fight for what she had or to relinquish the past for the chance to love again? Ganshert deftly writes of grief and wounds that leave us shattered, pointing her characters—and her readers—to the One who provides the strength to embrace life again."
—Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star

"Katie Ganshert’s Wishing on Willows is rich in symbolism but as down-to-earth as its Midwestern heroine, a young widow juggling the roles of single mom, business owner, and ministry volunteer. I was thoroughly drawn into her changing seasons of love and loss, memory and hope. Like a May basket left at a neighbor’s door, this is a generous story filled with charm and surprises."
—Meg Moseley, author of When Sparrows Fall

"Katie Ganshert has created an interesting cast of characters that are likable yet flawed. Fans of inspirational romance are sure to enjoy this novel."
—Kathryn Cushman, author of Almost Amish

"Katie Ganshert is a fresh and powerful new voice in contemporary Christian romance. Her writing wraps itself around your heartstrings and refuses to let go."
—Erica Vetsch, author of A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    4.5 stars
    November 12, 2013
    Jessica Allen
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Plot: I really enjoyed the plot. It was real and simple, but it was intriguing and entertaining at the same time. There wasn't too much happening, but enough to stay engaged with the story.

    Characters: I really enjoyed the character development in this story. It really was essential to the story. Watching the characters grow and change as the story develops and learning things about the characters and how they fit together was in itself romantic and beautiful.

    Themes: The main theme in this book would be moving forward. Robin is stuck between who she was with her husband and the dreams they shared and moving ahead with her life and taking the next steps.

    Emotion: The emotion was great at times and only okay at others. It was easy to identify with the characters, but not always in a deep intimate way.

    Overall: I really enjoyed this book and the characters. As I said, it was just a simple story, but it was very well written and entertaining.

    ---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 23, 2013
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoyed the story. I had a hard time putting the book down.
  3. Gastonville
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good about Second Chance
    August 20, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is the second book that I think is in a series but what series I do not know. I love this book as much as the first one. It more about Cafe and Cafe Owner. Sorry I can not remember her name or her son at the moment. It been a while since I read it. Though it was this year and only a couple of months ago. I will let you decide for yourself if you download the e-book or buy the paperback.
  4. Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome read!
    August 13, 2013
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Katie Ganshert has done it again! Wishing on Willows picks up where Wildflowers from Winter leaves off and touches on grief, recovery, getting "over" oneself, and moving on. This is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming novel! Katie's writing is smooth and creative, very descriptive and engaging. Her characters are real and so are the feelings she provokes in her readers. You don't want to miss out on these two books!

    About the book: In Wildflowers from Winter, the main character Bethany's grief-stricken friend, Robin, has lost her husband and delivered their first child after his death. With much encouragement from Bethany, Robin builds a café in memory of her lost husband. Wishing on Willows begins with the potential demolition of her café, Willow Tree, and Robin's fight to keep it (and the memory of her husband) alive for their now three year old son. Robin clearly can't move forward for hanging on to the past.

    Ian, a big-city developer, offers to buy her café. His company wants to build a condominium complex where her café is situated in anticipation of a growth spurt in the community once a manufacturing plant opens nearby. The town, which has suffered hard from the economic downturn, needs this condo complex. The mayor is pushing for it. But Robin can't let them tear down her café and the ministry she helps serve through it. It seems like the entire town is for Ian and is against Robin. Just like Robin, Ian has a past that he can't let go of either and he's walking in the shadow of his father's footsteps although he'd rather be pursuing his own dreams.

    It doesn't help that the two of them are attracted to each other. When they put their differences aside, they manage to get along. But those moments are fleeting. Robin just can't get past the fact that Ian wants to tear down what she built to keep her husband's memory alive--all for the sake of a fancy building and to earn another dollar. Things are complicated by the fact that it seems like everyone in the town and Robin's family has moved on. Robin begs God to save her café and her heart doesn't budge, refusing to believe that there is another way other than her way. She learns that God's way is mysterious and always best!

    "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review".
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 18, 2013
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow, just wow. Katie Ganshert has done an excellent job with Wishing on Willows. The writing is excellent, and pulls you into the story with little effort on your part.

    It is a heartwarming story of grief and second chances at love. Sometimes a dry, empty desert becomes our familiar place and no matter how good the alternative is, making a change is scary. Taking a chance on love, for a second time, can be even scarier, but Ms. Ganshert has done an excellent job of showing us that it can work.

    ***I received this book from the publisher/author for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
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