Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert

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.

About this author

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she currently writes inspirational romance novels set in present-day America. When she’s not busy plotting ways to get her hero and heroine to fall in love, she enjoys watching movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends at Panera®. She could talk books all day and is often spotted around town pushing a stroller, walking her dog, and reading—all at the same time.

My Review:   

We begin our journey with Robin Price, she lives in Peaks IA, with her four year old son Caleb. She has also poured her heart and soul into her Willow Tree Cafe, it is a reminder of her deceased husband, Micah.
Now progress in this small town is threatening her way of life. Ian McKay, want to purchase this and the other two buildings on her block, and put up condos. How could this man do this to her? Her sister-in-law, likes Ian, but he seems to have eyes for Robin. Now how is that going to work? How can someone who is about to ruin her, care for her?
This book touches on many facts of life, moving on after losing a close family member. This is what Robin needs to do, but she is really struggling. Her Dad wants to move on, her Mom has been gone for 15 years, and she is having a hard time with his remarrying. I do see God working in all of their lives, they just need to trust. Also just when things seem to look bleak, they can get worse.
This is the second book in this series, and you do not need to read the first to enjoy this one. I would recommend you read it.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Reviewer Program, and was not required to give a positive review.      


  1. Enjoyed reading your blog today and about this story, I have read the first and am anxious to read this one also, thanks for sharing.
    Paula O(

  2. Oh my, I read number one also, but did not imagine number two would be like this. Can't wait to get my hands on this book!! Thanks for sharing your review!



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