Wishing on Willows - Katie Ganshert

4 Stars!

'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.  

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.
Check out her beautiful website - HERE

Have I mentioned how much I love stories about cafe's? This is a nice, sweet, easy flowing Christian love story. The romance is a nice slow going "getting-to-know-you" kind of romance that I love. The kind that makes you blush with just the touch of a hand.
You get an inside look at three troubled hearts, all three wishing to mend. The character development was excellent. First we meet Robin, a widow with a very young son, she is desperately trying to hold on to her memories while at the same time pave a new future for her and Caleb. Ian, a shrewd businessman, or so he seems at first, until you get to know him and his broken heart. And then there's Amanda, young spunky sister-in-law of Robin. For being only 24 she has a deep hurt and longing of her own. I loved all these characters, and I loved getting to know them.

If you like a sweet, clean romance - this would be the book for you. I would even recommend this for teens as well. I think this is book two to"Wildflowers in Winter", I didn't read the first one and was just fine reading this one. It does kind of make me want to go back and read the first one though!

Thank you "Blogging for books" for this beautiful paperback to read and review!


  1. I would love to win Wishing On Willows. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Katie J.

  2. This sounds cute. :) Great review.
    (not an entry)

  3. I also love books about cafes and the innocent romance makes me really happy after having read some disastrous ones. This sounds like a perfect beach-bag book, and I am excited about it! Nice review today!! :)

  4. I would love to win this - read it, review it and share it with a teen.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  5. Sounds like a very touching and interesting romance story. I love the setting and the characters, and would like to read it to find out the rest of Robin and Ian's story. Thanks for this chance.

  6. I have read this author before and she writes a good story, anxious to read this one, thanks for your comments. I have rated your review . I do reviews of the books I read too.
    thanks for sharing.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)


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