Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert

Robin Price is a widow and mother of a preschooler. All she has is wrapped up in her Willow Tree Cafe in the small town of Peaks, Iowa. It is everything to her, the dream she shared with her now deceased husband. A developer is coming to town and wants to tear down her cafe and build a condo community. 

That is the general overview of this book. I found it predictable and boring. Not the heartfelt tearjerker I'd been hoping for. Robin is a wishy-washy character and quite honestly, got on my nerves. If you're looking for a light, easy read then this book may suit you just fine. I was hoping for more depth.

From the back cover:
A three-year-old son, a struggling cafe, and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Cafe 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 cafe 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.

This book was provided for review by Blogging for Books at Waterbrook/Multnomah.     

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