Monday, 28 January 2013

Wishing on Willows - Katie Ganshert

Robin Price has a lot on her plate; an energetic three year old, a cafe that's struggling to make ends meet, yet both are reminders of a much loved husband, Micah, who died nearly four years ago.

Having Willow Tree Cafe allows Robin to be thankful that her business is a strong part of the community especially that of the One Life ministry to whom she gladly provides refreshments, free of charge.

Then one day, handsome developer Ian McKay turns up on the doorstep of her beloved town Peaks talking of a development of condominiums - to be built where the cafe and two other shops reside. Is the town going to let this happen? The Mayor, a loyal customer of the Willow Tree, is a fan of the plans. Would people let a vital ministry fade away? Shatter her dreams that she shared with Micah? With both Robin and Ian determined to win the ensued battle, a town becomes divided. But there's more to this change. Both have a past that they need to let go of, let go before they lose out on the opportunity to have a future together. One that they both don't see rushing towards them.

Will they be able to take this second change that God has created for them? Or will them remain alone and wonder when the pain of their old lives will recede?

Consumed by grief that many feel is stopping her live again, Robin is a beautiful yet stubborn woman. Faultlessly devoted to her son, the real question is - how long should she mourn for her husband? Beautifully written, Ganshert has created a story that is heartbreaking yet filled with so much hope. All the characters are robust and scripted perfectly. Amanda, Robin's sister-in-law, takes some of the limelight which breaks up the intensity of the burgeoning love story between Ian and Robin as well as the condo development.

Hooked from the first few pages, this is an easy to read book. Whilst there are characters from the authors previous book, Wildflowers From Winter, it's still very much a stand alone novel. Characterization is well thought out as is its dialogue. A true testament of a good writer is evoking emotions from the reader and for me a lot was annoyance with Amanda's 'meddling'. Even if she meant well, it still grated on my nerves somewhat. That aside, the romance is there bubbling nicely away and what I really like about Ganshert is that she isn't afraid to question God's intentions. She does this in an honest, every day life way and gives answers that makes sense. Overall, another great book - a highly recommended read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program, part of WaterBrookMultnomah publishing. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive review.


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