Friday, March 1, 2013

Wishing on Willows Review

I recently read a novel written by Katie Ganshert called Wildflowers from Winter. It was one of those books that you really enjoy reading and when you're done, you wish you could wiggle your nose and make more of the story appear.

When I saw an opportunity to become a member of the launch team for Katie's newest book Wishing on Willows, I was elated! Knowing what a winner Wildflowers from Winter was, I was anxious for the newest novel in the series to arrive. The copy that I received is an Advanced Reader Copy (signed! yeep!), because the book hasn't been released yet. Wishing on Willows will be released on March 19. You can pre-order your copy now, and if you do, a bonus devotional pack will be included with all pre-orders. All you need is your order number.

Wishing on Willows is the story of a young widow named Robin Price whose life has revolved around her young son Caleb who was born several months after the death of her husband and her cafe in town. When Robin's beloved cafe is at risk for loss because of a condominium development project hatched by the townsfolk, she fights tooth and nail to keep her and Micah's dream alive. It's one of two things she has left of her beloved Micah.

When developer Ian McKay arrives in Peaks to do his job by buying up three local businesses and lay the plans for a condominium, he finds resistance by one of the business owners--Robin. Knowing that she's stubborn, he--stubborn himself--goes on a mission to find out why. Talking to her employees, her family members, and to her, he discovers that Robin's stance isn't just about being stubborn. She shakes his world quite a bit, and as a result, he worries about his family's business. The future of the family business revolves around how the Peaks project shakes out. So not only is Ian's project important for his own future, but the business' future is dependent on the project's completion.

With both of them having their own personal reasons for wanting their plans to work, they both face the possibility of stalemate.

Wishing on Willows was a fantastic read. Katie did a great job of weaving several emotions into the story effectively, without overkill (which I greatly appreciate!). Point of view was magnificent. The characters were realistic and well-developed. Another winner by Katie, and I look forward to reading more!!

If you want to know more about Katie, please visit her website. You can find free chapters of Wishing on Willows, go on a virtual trip to Robin's Willow Tree Cafe, read about the inspiration for the novel and learn about fun facts, or get to know Katie the author.

Katie Ganshert was born and raised in the Midwest, where she writes stories about finding faith and falling in love. When she’s not busy plotting her next novel, she enjoys watching movies with her husband, playing make-believe with her wild-child of a son, and chatting with her girlfriends over bagels. She and her husband are in the process of adopting from the Congo. You can find her online at her blog and on Facebook.

I was thrilled to receive a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion!

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