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Wishing on Willows

Katie Ganshert,

Wishing on Willows

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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 the Willow Tree Café in small town Peaks, Iowa, she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sens... Read More

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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 the 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. Wishing on Willows asks - does a second chance at love and life have to involve surrender?

Product Details:
Page Count: 320
Released: 03/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2013
  • UPC: 9780307730404
  • Height: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish Date: Mar 19, 2013
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "FIC027020"
  • ISBN: 0307730409

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Wow! by GiveMeToday on 3/19/2013

Katie Ganshert writes the characters with such detail and depth that I truly felt as if I was in the story with them, personally meeting and spending time with them! From Robin to Ian, to Bethany and even Mayor Ford, I could easily find people in my everyday life that were similar to those and relate with them even more.

Little Caleb stole my heart from the very beginning, and I quickly hoped he would overcome his fears, and learn what it is to trust again. The same could be said for his mom, Robin. While her issues may not solely be due to a lack of trust, she also needed to overcome her fears and learn to how to open her heart back up to love. Both Caleb and Robin had an excellent family support system rallying behind them, cheering them on, and fighting for them at the same time. The kind of family that knows what it is to live through heartache, stand beside each other through the pain, and come out stronger in the end.

The Plot...

Robin found herself in danger of losing her cafe, the one she built in memory of her late husband. With Ian's developing firm at the center of the mess, Robin soon found herself at her whits end. While still trying to maintain her grace and composure, Robin learns that sometimes the things that matter most in life are not always things.

While I found this story to be very fast paced, I did find myself skimming over the chapters that had Robing reminiscing about her life with Micah. I quickly found I was more interested in the here and now, rather than the back story that found Robin where she was today. Did I miss out on any vital information? I don't think so, I didn't feel that the story was lacking, and the story continued to make sense to me! :) But if you're the type that has to read a book word for word, you'll have to read those chapters and let me know!


I tell you I LOVED this book! I honestly didn't expect to like it as well as I did, the first in the series was just OK for me. I have found in the past, when a series starts out as just OK, it is usually down hill from there. But so not the case with this one! Ganshert started out with an average book, and quickly stepped it up with Wishing on Willows! This is by far a solid 5 star story! I am hoping there is another one in the series to follow, I mean, after all, we do need to find out what happens with Amanda!

This story is very full and answers are reflected in the every day living. So rich. Very enjoyable reading. I like the growth and character building as they learn to rely on the Lord for direction. by Kathleen E. on 3/18/2013

Monday, March 18, 2013
Katie Ganshert's Wishing on Willows, ©2013

Before anything else, you must go here and listen to Clair de Lune ~ my very favorite. My father played this on our Baby Grand when I was small and I have always loved it! http://katieganshert.com/willow-tree-cafe/

And... a snippet of recipes from Willow Tree Café is there as well!

Wishing on Willows

Follow Robin as she learns how to love again. Holding on so tightly, her world begins to fall apart until she leans on the One who can hold it all together. Peace. My star?? Caleb.

She slipped off her shoes and climbed the stairs into the living room where Linda hung finger-painted pictures over the television and hummed backup to a bare-chested Caleb's enthusiastic yet off key rendition of "The Farmer and the Dell" [Who cares if it is Farmer in the dell!]. He sat on the sofa sans shirt, bouncing his legs and bobbing his head to the beat. As soon as she peeked over the banister, his face lit with a grin. It was the best kind of greeting.
--Wishing on Willows, 75

Robin and Micah dreamed of having a café like the unexpected ones they sought out on their honeymoon. Lilting laughter, joy, completeness, dreams, children. Only Micah soon dies. Willow Tree Café is more than a dream. It is a combination of who they are, who they wanted to be. Bethany, Robin's sister-in-law, helps her make their dream come true as they put photos Micah took onto canvas and surround the walls with them ~ fresh pastries, breads, and coffees wafting out onto the sidewalk as music comes from within. The music of Robin's heart. Expecting their child, their dream is here. Healing, memories, hope. Now Caleb is almost four, and the music remains.

Ian took a deep breath and braced himself in the booth. This was it. Dad's company. People's jobs. Ian's reputation. All of it hinged upon today's meeting.
--Ibid., 31

A large employer is expanding to their small town of Peaks, Iowa. Developers, McKay Development and Construction, have come in advance with plans for condominiums. Readying for the population boom that will boost the economy and tax revenue, keeping the workers downtown before they look elsewhere for housing.

The mayor stopped chewing, worry lines crowding around his eyes. "I do wish we could leave Willow Tree Café out of the mix. Robin makes a killer latte. She's a nice woman. Very passionate about what she does."
--Ibid., 33

Willow Tree is in the south end buildings where the condos will fit perfectly. It sits between a jewelry store and an antique shop that also houses the ministry of One Life. Comfortable to come to, accessible, an outreach to those who would not come to a church building. Willow Tree is part of community gatherings, welcoming all those who need a shelter, a refreshment, a pause in their day.

Robin has the support of her family. Ian is trying to win the support of his. Will he leave his desires behind as he tries to find fulfillment in his search for peace?

This story is very full and answers are reflected in the every day living. So rich. It took until the middle of the book before Ian figured out what I already had in mind for them! Glad he caught up to me! Very enjoyable reading. I like the growth and character building as they learn to rely on the Lord for direction.

Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

***Thank you to author Katie Ganshert for having an Advance Reading Copy sent to me for this review. No other compensation was received. Wishing on Willows will be available at booksellers tomorrow, March 19, 2013.***
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0307730409
ISBN-13: 978-0307730404

About the Author: 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 and Wishing on Willows.

Captivating Beauty from Ashes Story by Lindsey Bell on 3/12/2013

Can giving up your dreams lead you to something even better?

Katie Ganshert's newest book, Wishing on Willows, answers this question through an intriguing story about a widow named Robin Price and a developer named Ian McKay.

Robin is a gracious cafe owner whom the entire town loves. She's also a woman with a broken heart, a young child, and fading memories of her late husband.

When Ian enters her world and threatens to destroy the one thing she and her husband dreamed about together, Robin is faced with the question: hang on to her past and her dreams for the future, or surrender her life to God and watch what He unfolds?

I was captivated by this book from the very beginning. (Just ask my husband, who didn't get to talk to his wife for one entire day of our vacation a few months ago). Robin's story, of course, drew me in. I fell in love with her and her adorable little boy from page one. But I also fell in love with the story. It was a story of beauty from ashes. Healing from brokenness.

It was evidence of how God can turn anything-even the death of a loved one and the destruction of a dream-into something beautiful.

*I received a free copy of the book from the author, but all opinions are my own.

Incredible Book! by Susan Snodgrass on 3/11/2013

I picked up Katie Ganshert's first novel, 'Wildflowers From Winter' last year because the synopsis sounded so good. I was so glad I did. This book, 'Wishing on Willows' picks up where 'Wildflowers' left off. It is incredibly moving and deep.
Robin Price lost her husband 4 years ago and still can't bring herself to move on. Her son, Caleb, born after her husband's death, is her life, along with Willow Tree, the cafe she opened after Micah's death. Opening a cafe had always been a dream of theirs and it seems to be her life line to Micah.
A development company sends a representative into town to build condominiums that will definitely help the town's sagging economy. The problem is, Willow Tree will have to go in order to accomodate the build. Robin just can't let go of the dream she and Micah shared, no matter what. Even if the handsome Ian McKay disrupts her reasoning.
Katie Ganshert writes with such a depth of emotion that the reader actually feels the pain these characters are feeling. Seriously, I felt like I was there, my heart breaking along with theirs! How does she do it? Make these people so real you want to pray for them? God given talent is the only answer.
This book ministered to me during a very dark time in my own life. I had prayed about a situation, didn't know the answer, then I picked up the book to read more and there on the very page I was reading was my answer from God!!! Incredible. When I received that word, God gave me peace in my trouble.
This was an awesome book and I highly recommend it to everyone.
I was provided an ARC of this book, which in no way influenced my review ( )

An Interesting Read by Kristen on 2/22/2013

Wishing on Willows by Katie Gansher was my latest read. It's a modern story that follows cafe-owner and young widow, Robin Price. Robin misses her husband and bakes her heart into everything she serves at her small town Willow Tree Cafe. Baking and mothering her 3 year old son leaves no time for anything - or anyone - else until Ian McKay arrives in town.

However, their first meeting is the opposite of ideal. Ian is a developer set to build new condos on the exact location of the Willow Tree Cafe. Soon, Robin is embroiled against Ian (and much of the town) in an effort to save her cafe.

This was an interesting premise, and I thought a realistic view of grief. This book shows there is no time table for grief. It would be convenient, but grief doesn't work that way. Not only is Robin grieving, but Ian has several sorrows of his own.

Wishing for Willows was well written. It was a bit slow moving for me at the beginning, but the pace picked up as the book continued. After I finished the book, I learned there was a prior book in the series - Wildflowers from Winter - but I don't believe that would have changed my enjoyment of the book.

Wishing for Willows will be released for sale mid-March, so look for it on bookshelves then.

Please note that I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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