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Wishing on Willows: A Novel
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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...

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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...
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      • source: Cheryl McKay, coauthor of Never the Bride and author of Finally the Bride: Finding Hope While Waiting
      • content: "Have you ever been through a painful season in life and wished for something new, something fresh, or even something healing to come along? Take this journey with Robin Price, a widow and single mother with a big heart and passion for those closest to her, as she wades through trying to live, let go, and love again. Wishing on Willows is a story of hope that will find you stepping up to the willow tree and daring to make wishes."
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      • source: Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times best-selling author of Where Lilacs Still Bloom
      • content: "What I've come to admire about Katie Ganshert's writing is how skillfully and compassionately she creates memorable characters and weaves into their lives authentic struggles. From the very first line, "The first time I lost myhusband...," to the last line, "The whispered words came without fear or guilt or hesitation," we are given the gifts of grieving and letting go told with humor; realistic trials; characters I want to go on telling their stories; and thelongings of the human heart. This is a fine, fine novel."
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      • source: Betsy St. Amant, author of Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK
      • content: "Just like a willow tree, Wishing on Willows evokes grace, humility, and beauty. A well-penned story of sacrifice, second chances, and love, Ganshert's second novel is as poignant as her first. This is a must-read for any reader seeking to find comfort beneath their own proverbial willow."
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      • source: Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star
      • content: "In Wishing on Willows, Katie Ganshert delicately weaves together a story of healing and renewed hope. Will young widow Robin Price choose to fight for what she had or to relinquish the past for the chance to love again? Ganshert deftly writes of grief and wounds that leave us shattered, pointing her characters--and her readers--to the One who provides the strength to embrace life again."
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      • source: Meg Moseley, author of When Sparrows Fall
      • content: "Katie Ganshert's Wishing on Willows is rich in symbolism but as down-to-earth as its Midwestern heroine, a young widow juggling the roles of single mom, business owner, and ministry volunteer. I was thoroughly drawn into her changing seasons of love and loss, memory and hope. Like a May basket left at a neighbor's door, this is a generous story filled with charm and surprises."
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      • source: Kathryn Cushman, author of Almost Amish
      • content: "Katie Ganshert has created an interesting cast of characters that are likable yet flawed. Fans of inspirational romance are sure to enjoy this novel."
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      • source: Erica Vetsch, author of A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansa
      • content: "Katie Ganshert is a fresh and powerful new voice in contemporary Christian romance. Her writing wraps itself around your heartstrings and refuses to let go."
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        Robin Price is a widow with a three-year-old and a struggling café in Peaks, Iowa—a dream she and her late husband had. That dream is threatened when handsome developer Ian McKay comes to the small town with big plans for condominiums that will breathe needed economic life into the area. That development threatens not only Robin's café, but also a nearby ministry. The development battle is on, even as Robin's and Ian's unspoken attraction grows. Ganshert brings some nice touches to this inspirational romance: she's got a good ear for the speech and interests of toddlers, and she handles romantic tension well. But her drama is lazy: the value of the ministry is stated, not shown, and Robin is given too much pathos (her mother's dead as well as her husband). Ian is more successfully developed, but he's also carrying a heavy load of back story. Sometimes less is more. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Agency.

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        Four years after her husband died, Robin is raising her young son, Caleb, and running the Willow Tree Cafe in the small Iowa town of Peaks. Things go awry when developer Ian McKay arrives in town, determined to build condominiums that would displace not only the cafe, but the nearby ministry. Tensions fly as the town divides over the issue, while Robin and Ian try to deny their mutual attraction. VERDICT Ganshert (Wildflowers from Winter) tackles difficult topics head-on, dealing honestly with themes of loss and redemption while creating believable, sympathetic characters. Karen Kingsbury fans will delight in discovering a promising new author.

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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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.
 
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