Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wishing on Willows

Wishing on Willows: A Novel

Wishing on Willows
By: Katie Ganshert
I have found a new favorite author! Katie Ganshert sure knows how to deliver a power-packed book! I enjoyed her first book, Wildflowers From Winter, and I enjoyed my most recent read of Wishing on Willows.

Robin, a widowed single mother, lives and owns a cafe called Willow Tree. She has a few workers and a few customers and loves to play the piano that was given to her by her mother. Ian, a development contractor, who works for his father out of Peoria, has been called by the mayor of Peaks to build condominiums. Due to the recession Peaks has to had a lot of people coming to town, and Ian's father's business isn't doing so well either. Ian needs to make the sale for the development of these condominiums in order to help his father's company and redeem himself in the eyes of his father. However, there is one person standing in his way, Robin.

As Ian gets to know the town and the people living there, he comes to feel a sense of home there, except for the one person standing in his way whom he also is starting to get feelings for. Through the experiences of working with such an intimate town and seeing how family sticks together Ian learns more about himself and so does Robin.

Ganshert really knows how to write a conclusion as well. She gives you just enough and allows your imagination to fill in all the missing pieces, which I love.

I am excited to read more books by Katie Ganshert. She writes like all of my favorite authors and keeps me interested to the very end.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood
By: Sarah E. Ladd
I loved reading The Heiress of Winterwood, by Sarah E. Ladd. The story begins with Amelia Barrett taking care of a woman who has been living at Winterwood, Amelia's Home. Kathryn, a very sick woman, just had a baby named Lucy. Her husband, Captain Graham Sterling, was away at sea during this time. As Kathryn's life came to an end, she made Amelia promise that itching would happen to her lucky, that she would care for Lucy as her own child. Amelia fully intended to do just that.

As the story progresses, Amelia is engaged to a man, Edward Littleton, who is working with her uncle and the Barrett Trading Company. Edward is adamant about Lucy being gone once he and Amelia marry, but Amelia is less than fond of this idea. She also knows that by the age of 24 if she has not married she will not receiver her inheritance, nor will she be able to keep her status and home at Winterwood. She therefore comes up with a plan to end the engagement with Edward, and propose to captain sterling, Lucy's father, when he arrives from sea to see his child for the first time.

Events occur thought this book that keep you guessing and keep you engaged in the story. There were a few parts in the beginning that were a little slow, but the plot quickly thickened and I was engaged in the story from then on. This was the first of Ladd's books thatI have read, and I hope to read more from her Whispers on the Moors series, as this was book one.