About this Book

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.

My Review

Review Summary: Characters in this story are believable and enjoyable to follow. Robin is strong and independent and has a passionate love for her Heavenly Father, but maybe doesn’t trust Him as much as she things. Ian McKay comes across as confident and in control of every situation, but he too has secrets and fears. The chemistry between them is fun to watch development.  The story  is predictable but still is enjoyable to read. The author does a great job telling this story and I look forward to reading more about the people of  Peaks.

Digging Deeper: This author does a great job telling a story that touches the heart. We met Robin Price in the first book, Wildflowers from Winter. In book one she is pregnant and a widow and struggles to get through her days. In this story it’s three years later and she has a healthy, happy three year old and she’s the owner of Willow Tree Cafe. Robin is a wonderful character. But your heart still goes out to her as she struggles to be a single mom and business owner in a tough economy in a small town. Ian McKay has his own problems and struggles in living up to expectations and responsibilities. He comes across as cocky especially early in the story. I didn’t find myself feeling for him early in the story, but he grew on me as the story progressed.

As in most romance books like this, you can predict how the story will ultimately end.  However, the author does an excellent job of telling a beautiful story about breaking down walls and learning to trust. I loved watching how both Robin and Ian grew during the story. I recommend this story for those enjoy reading about life, the good and the bad. I finished this book feeling encouraged.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Author Details

Website: http://katieganshert.com/

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4 Replies to “Wishing on Willow – Katie Ganshert Review and Give Away”

  1. I love a Christian romance with a few problems and intrigue. This one sounds wonderful.

    North Carolina

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