Wishing on Willows Author:Katie Ganshert 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, thankf... more »ul 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. « less
You know that feeling of finding a great book? The kind of book whose characters ride the tide of your emotions and pull so deeply on the heart strings that they just might be real people?
What a minute? Who says they arent?
Dont answer that.
My point? Some books have thatthat star quality that make them soar. Wishing on Willows has that quality and so much more.
Its hard to fit this book into the right box because there isnt one out there labeled specifically for it. I wouldnt say its a romancethough its such a sweet love story. A love story between Robin and her son. Ian and Robin. Bethany and Evan. The older couple who visit the diner. Amanda and Jason. I wouldnt call it womens fiction, though there are strong elements of that genre woven all through the story.
Would I call it perfect? Pretty close to it. Its a delicate symmetry, a balance between lyrical writing and character emotions and actions that make them so incredible loveable. I think Ian had the ability to melt my heart more times than should be allowed through the story.
There is a talent for story woven so perfectly through this novel that its like taking a deep breath and not needing to breathe again. I left myself behind and joined their lives.
Now that is good storytelling
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
Plot: I really enjoyed the plot. It was real and simple, but it was intriguing and entertaining at the same time. There wasn't too much happening, but enough to stay engaged with the story.
Characters: I really enjoyed the character development in this story. It really was essential to the story. Watching the characters grow and change as the story develops and learning things about the characters and how they fit together was in itself romantic and beautiful.
Themes: The main theme in this book would be moving forward. Robin is stuck between who she was with her husband and the dreams they shared and moving ahead with her life and taking the next steps.
Emotion: The emotion was great at times and only okay at others. It was easy to identify with the characters, but not always in a deep intimate way.
Overall: I really enjoyed this book and the characters. As I said, it was just a simple story, but it was very well written and entertaining.
---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---