Alas, I'm a day late and 6 books short of my goal! Reading-wise, I didn't get quite as much done as I wanted to. But I had a blast doing some of the read-a-thon challenges, and I did get four books read and reviewed, so I'll consider that a success! (Of course, I was still working on the fourth book through today...but that's just a technicality, right?)
Books I read (links to reviews):
- Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
- Elusive Hope by MaryLu Tyndall
- A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
- Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert (review below!)
- TBR Challenge (Day 1)
- Teaser Challenge (Day 2) ~ via Twitter HERE & HERE
- Favorite Book-to-Movie Release Challenge (Day 5) ~ via Twitter
- Seasonal Challenge (Day 6)
- Twitter Synopsis Challenge (Day 7) ~ via Twitter HERE & HERE
- Song Challenge (Day 9)
- Review Challenge (Day 10)
- Spell It Out Challenge (Day 12)
- Most Anticipated 2014 Releases Challenge (Day 13)
And now for my review of Wishing on Willows...
Here's a description of the book from the author's website:
"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."
Wishing on Willows is another heartfelt story from Katie Ganshert. The writing is simply gorgeous - poignant themes gently whispering through the pages like the breeze through a weeping willow. It was a delight to discover each new lesson and reminder shared in touching and creative ways.
The story develops at a slower pace as Robin, Ian, and Amanda (Robin's sister-in-law and roommate) face varying emotional hardships while dealing with a few emergencies along the way. I confess that Amanda often frustrated me, even while her dealings with love resonated with me. And as for Robin and Ian, the decisions they have to make as they continually grow closer together certainly escalate the tension. But the sweet moments along the way, and the way it all ends... So beautiful. The conclusion is stellar!
I really enjoyed experiencing the lovely writing, seeing what became of the hero and heroine from Wildflowers from Winter, and visiting Robin's small town (full of intriguing inhabitants and interesting dilemmas). For a story about letting go and embracing life, Wishing on Willows is a wonderful read.
*With thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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