When the mayor of small town Peaks, Iowa, sees the potential of increased tax revenue with the pending surge of employees at a new company being built nearby, Robin Price finds herself in the battle of a lifetime. Part of the mayor's plan is to build modern condominiums in the same spot where Robin's beloved cafe and a thriving ministry are housed. When handsome Ian McKay shows up from the development firm using his charm to convince the town's people that the new condos will be good for the town's growth as the mayor suspects, Robin prepares to fight for the future of her cafe. As Ian turns his charm on Robin hoping to convince her to sell her cafe, his feelings and attraction for her betray him placing him in a predicament- he can choose to save his family's company by moving forward with the development plans in Peaks or he can follow his heart and pursue a romance with Robin. As their business conversations turn personal, Robin and Ian must wade through tensions surrounding the condo development, past grief, present fears and hesitation about the future if they desire a chance at new love.
Wishing on Willows continues the next chapter in the lives of the characters from Wildflowers from Winter. Tensions between Robin and Ian for her cafe property are palpable and leap from the page as Ganshert draws the reader in such a way that she feels a part of the turmoil. While the romance element is slow to develop, the author uses the details that unfold from Ian and Robin's pasts to link their hearts resulting in a satisfying ending for both the cafe and Robin and Ian on a personal level.
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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.---
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.
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!