Friday, April 05, 2013

Review: Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert

Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert is a contemporary fiction novel. This is a very well-crafted story. I loved how I didn't know how it would end. In fact, I wasn't sure how she was going to resolve the dilemma until about two-thirds of the way through. And even then I was hoping it would end differently. lol Even though I wanted it to end another way, she made me like and accept it. It was a satisfying conclusion. :-)

Robin Price has been a widow for four years and is still struggling with her loss. She was pregnant when her husband, Micah, died leaving her to raise her now three year old son alone. After his death, she decided to make their dream a reality so she bought an old flower shop and turned it into an European inspired cafe. Her cafe is her haven and is full of memories for her, but since the economy is bad she doesn't see too many customers anymore.

Ian McKay is a developer for his father's company. He is sent to Peaks, Iowa to make sure they get the job to build condos there. Ian is determined to redeem himself to his dad, but when he gets to Peaks he finds out that Robin won't sell her place for anything. As he paves the way to get the deal, Ian finds himself drawn to Robin. He doesn't want to hurt her, but they need this job so that none of their employees get fired. Is there a way they can both get what they want or will they lose what matters to them most?

I love how well she wrote about loss and acceptance and moving on. There were so many facets to this story. The characters had lots of things going on in their personal lives that no one knows about - like how it is in real life. It made it more realistic.

I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publisher's in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to give a positive review.

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