Friday, May 10, 2013
Wishing on Willows- Katie Ganshert
Description: 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 Thoughts: This was a truly sad novel. Melancholy filled the pages, to be relieved at the end with hope. Few books make me want to cry, however, this one did. I found myself afraid to speak or break into tears. An author that can make that happen is gifted.
Every part of the story fit together well. The pianos, the short chapters in first person (something that usually annoys me but this time did not), and the simple questions of Robin's son. I am vary glad that I read this book and look forward to reading others by Ganshert.
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