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. This is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming novel! Katie’s writing is smooth and creative, very descriptive and engaging. Her characters are real and so are the feelings she provokes in her readers. You don’t want to miss out on these two books!
About the book: In Wildflowers from Winter, the main character Bethany’s grief-stricken friend, Robin, has lost her husband and delivered their first child after his death. With much encouragement from Bethany, Robin builds a café in memory of her lost husband. Wishing on Willows begins with the potential demolition of her café, Willow Tree, and Robin’s fight to keep it (and the memory of her husband) alive for their now three year old son. Robin clearly can’t move forward for hanging on to the past.
Ian, a big-city developer, offers to buy her café. His company wants to build a condominium complex where her café is situated in anticipation of a growth spurt in the community once a manufacturing plant opens nearby. The town, which has suffered hard from the economic downturn, needs this condo complex. The mayor is pushing for it. But Robin can’t let them tear down her café and the ministry she helps serve through it. It seems like the entire town is for Ian and is against Robin. Just like Robin, Ian has a past that he can’t let go of either and he’s walking in the shadow of his father’s footsteps although he’d rather be pursuing his own dreams.
It doesn’t help that the two of them are attracted to each other. When they put their differences aside, they manage to get along. But those moments are fleeting. Robin just can’t get past the fact that Ian wants to tear down what she built to keep her husband’s memory alive–all for the sake of a fancy building and to earn another dollar. Things are complicated by the fact that it seems like everyone in the town and Robin’s family has moved on. Robin begs God to save her café and her heart doesn’t budge, refusing to believe that there is another way other than her way. She learns that God’s way is mysterious and always best!
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.