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Wishing on Willows: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Katie Ganshert
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Book 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. 

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Wishing on Willows

“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.”
—Cheryl McKay, coauthor of Never the Bride and author of Finally the Bride: Finding Hope While Waiting

“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 my
husband…,” 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 the
longings of the human heart. This is a fine, fine novel.”
—Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times best-selling author of Where Lilacs Still Bloom

“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.”
—Betsy St. Amant, author of Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK

“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.”
—Beth K. Vogt, author of Wish You Were Here and Catch a Falling Star

“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.”
—Meg Moseley, author of When Sparrows Fall

“Katie Ganshert has created an interesting cast of characters that are likable yet flawed. Fans of inspirational romance are sure to enjoy this novel.”
—Kathryn Cushman, author of Almost Amish

“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.”
—Erica Vetsch, author of A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

About the Author

Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and their young son. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1401 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 19, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Dreams Develop June 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Review Summary: Characters in this story are believable and enjoyable to follow. Robin is strong and independent and has a passionate love for her Heavenly Father, but maybe doesn't trust Him as much as she things. Ian McKay comes across as confident and in control of every situation, but he too has secrets and fears. The chemistry between them is fun to watch development. The story is predictable but still is enjoyable to read. The author does a great job telling this story and I look forward to reading more about the people of Peaks.

Digging Deeper: This author does a great job telling a story that touches the heart. We met Robin Price in the first book, Wildflowers from Winter. In book one she is pregnant and a widow and struggles to get through her days. In this story it's three years later and she has a healthy, happy three year old and she's the owner of Willow Tree Cafe. Robin is a wonderful character. But your heart still goes out to her as she struggles to be a single mom and business owner in a tough economy in a small town. Ian McKay has his own problems and struggles in living up to expectations and responsibilities. He comes across as cocky especially early in the story. I didn't find myself feeling for him early in the story, but he grew on me as the story progressed.

As in most romance books like this, you can predict how the story will ultimately end. However, the author does an excellent job of telling a beautiful story about breaking down walls and learning to trust. I loved watching how both Robin and Ian grew during the story. I recommend this story for those enjoy reading about life, the good and the bad. I finished this book feeling encouraged.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding Second Novel! March 19, 2013
This book deserves three times the stars allowed here. I read Katie Ganshert's first book, Wildflowers From Winter, and it totally blew me away. She is so incredibly talented. This book, Wishing on Willows, carries on the story of one of the characters from the first book.
Robin Price is a young widow with a 3 year old son who was born after his father's death. Robin and her late husband's dream was to open their own little cafe and coffee shop. After his death, Robin's friend helped her achieve that dream. Robin loves her cafe and ministers to people through it, even though she doesn't make much money. She puts her heart into everything she bakes and gives away a lot of it to help people. She feels fulfilled there.
A developer shows up on day with plans to build condos where Robin's cafe and a town ministry are located. Ian McKay is stubborn and handsome and is determined to accomplish his goal. He has strong reasons for wanting this deal to go through, but Ian also has ghosts in his own past and carries around a lot of hurt.
Robin is determined also to not lose her cafe. She can't seem to move on and feels if she lets go of the cafe she will lose what she had with her late husband. The town also has differing opinions about the condos, but they do need the revenue the condos will bring in to their small town.
Robin's grief is so real and palpable in this book and Katie Ganshert conveys that so incredibly well that I found myself actually wanting to pray for Robin! Seriously, Ganshert writes like no other when it comes to making the reader feel the characters' pain. I felt as if I knew these people they were so real.
I found myself wondering how someone like Robin could have so much hurt and pain in her life that she could even continue to breathe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was completely captivated by author Katie Ganshert's debut novel, "Wildflowers from Winter", and I looked forward to reading more works by this talented writer. Now that I have read the sequel, "Wishing on Willows", I am a Katie Ganshert fan for life. The writing is virtually seamless, the story line flows, and the characters are defined with an immediacy of emotion and physicality. The plot revolves around a development company that wishes to build upscale housing in the little town of Peaks, Iowa to provide homes for the employees of a large company which will be locating in the area. The mayor and quite a few other residents of Peaks are all in favor of the changes that will be made to the town, even if it means the closing of some local businesses to make way for the construction. The Willow Tree Cafe and the One Life Ministry are the two holdouts in the way of "progress", and the pressure is on for them to give in to the majority rule. However, there is more than brick and mortar involved in these two establishments--there is also heart and soul, and hopes and dreams. The Willow Tree Cafe is owned and operated by Robin Price, a young widow with a small son. The cafe was the dream of Robin and her late husband, Micah, who died without knowing that Robin was to bear his child. With the help of Micah's brother, Evan, and other family and friends, Robin made her husband's dream come true. Even though her heart was breaking, and pain and heartache were constant companions, she forged ahead, taking comfort in her sweet baby boy, Caleb. When developer Ian McKay offers to buy her cafe, Robin refuses. How could she let go of such a large piece of her heart? Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read....but.....
As I gave it a five star, I did think there was a bit too much Caleb! It made me wonder if the story line was about Caleb or Robin? A great many books I read have children in them. Read more
Published 1 day ago by JZ
3.0 out of 5 stars Clean romance
From the three male main characters, in the sequence, which this book is the third, Ian is the one I liked the best. A real and sensitive guy without rough edges. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lourdes Sanchez Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
So I gave this author another chance and I'm glad I did. This book was quite a bit better than the first one. Read more
Published 9 days ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written easily followed and a great read.
Published 1 month ago by His servant
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
this is and amazing book ( there are two to the series and both are awesome!) "can't put it down" type of read
Published 3 months ago by KJM
4.0 out of 5 stars very emotive
This is not my usual read. I used to follow the author's blog, and I simply like the author's personality. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
A great Christian read for anyone. I like the references to this area! She makes her characters so very real!
Published 5 months ago by sherry ann evans
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story of forgiveness and grief-recovery!
Katie Ganshert has done it again! Wishing on Willows picks up where Wildflowers from Winter leaves off and touches on grief, recovery, getting “over” oneself, and moving on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sherri Wilson Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story
Loved this book, it's a sweet romance with a lot of drama. Katie Ganshert is a fantastic writer. I'm hooked!
Published 5 months ago by JoyAnne
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
This is one of the sweetest most realistic novels that I have read in a long time. There are so many components of hardship yet the author continuously finds a way to weave God's... Read more
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Katie Ganshert graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a degree in education, and worked as a fifth grade teacher for several years before staying home to write full-time. She was born and raised in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband, their young son, and their goofy black lab, Bubba. When she's not busy writing or playing or reading or snuggling, she is obsessing over the paperwork and the waiting that comes with adoption. She is the author of Wildflowers from Winter and Wishing on Willows. Visit her website at

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