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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

Award-winning 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 family. When she's not busy penning novels or spending time with her people, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends, reading great literature, and eating copious amounts of dark chocolate. You can learn more about Katie and her books by visiting her website, katieganshert.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I hadn't been so blown away by the first novel, I would have liked this one more. I absolutely loved the poetic writing style of Ganshert in Wildflowers from Winter, and I hurriedly ordered the second book to continue the story. This one was different, though. The fantastic, read-again lines didn't come until there was about 10% left in the book, and just when I started getting into the story, I turned the page and it was over. These characters didn't feel like the ones I met previously, either - not one of them. Although I'm glad to know what happened to Robin, I'm probably not going to rush out and grab the next book quite so quickly.
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Wishing on Willows is the follow-up novel to Ganshert's debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter. I absolutely adored this book! The characters are so life like and likable, the circumstances real and engaging, and the flow of the novel is set at such a nice cadence. Truly, you do not want this novel to end. I wouldn't have minded a few more chapters, but then I don't know if you are ever truly ready to say farewell to some characters/stories.

I like that Ganshert writes compelling and true to life stories, they are not only fresh and heart touching but there is a deeper truth being woven throughout. She is not pushy in the way the seeds of faith are woven in, she is in fact completely honest and real... Walking us through the struggles and the victories.

I have to say, well done! I eagerly await Ganshert's next novel and hope you will give this one a try!
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I just loved Robin in Katie Ganshert's first book (Wildflowers from Winter), and I had high expectations for this book. It lived up to every one.

It's been over four years since Robin's husband died, leaving her pregnant. In book one, she begins the long grieving process by building a cafe, a dream she and her husband had first thought of on their honeymoon. Now, the small town is struggling, and the mayor wants to build condos on the land where her cafe is....with the help of the charming Ian, the contractor who makes her feel things she hasn't felt in years. Will Robin have to give up her heart and soul's work to help the town?

Although I know the author is happily married, she captures grief so well. I felt like I was in Robin's heart as she dealt with the loss of her husband and now the possible loss of her cafe. At first I was thrown off by the random chapters written in first person, giving glimpses into Robin's past, but after the second one, they were some of my favorite parts, like the character was letting us in on her secrets. I could go on and on about how much I like Robin. She's a beautifully layered character.

Ian is just as wonderful, and Ganshert does a great job humanizing the guy who has come to take away Robin's cafe. The secondary characters are fantastic, and it was nice to catch up with Bethany and Evan from book one. Amanda, Robin's roommate, is an intriguing character, and I hope we'll see a book about her soon.

Despite the hard events in the book...death, cancer, unfulfilled dreams....the book offers a glimmer of hope in Christ even you don't get what you thought you wanted.

I received this e-book in exchange for my review, but I also ordered my own copy too. It's that good.
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I loved this story more than Wildflowers from Winter. I guess, because I fell in love with the characters from the first book. I couldn't wait to see how things were faring in Peaks with Robin, the heroine. Bless her heart. She has had a rough go for such a young lady. Never fear, it all turned out good. But, there are twists that make the story hard to put down until the end. I highly recommend this book.
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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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