Book Review: “The Wishing Season” by Denise Hunter

January 17, 2016 at 1:53 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Denise Hunter in her new book “Wishing Season book coverThe Wishing Season” Book Three in the Chapel Springs Romance series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of PJ McKinley.

From the back cover:   In this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

She has the touch when it comes to food, but PJ McKinley’s dream of opening her own restaurant is one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home as prize to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes she was meant to win.

Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that a not-for-profit enterprise will be good for the community.

When the eccentric philanthropist weighs the proposals, she proposes an outlandish tie-breaker: PJ and Cole will share the house for a year to see which idea works best. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into an out-and-out rivalry—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. But could their magnetic attraction cost them everything they’ve ever wanted?

I like the McKinley family and this time the focus is on PJ. With all the attention that The Food Network is attracting I am not surprised that it has spilled over into the books. PJ wants to open her own restaurant but Cole wants to open a foster kids home. What more can you say about two such widely separate ventures? What would you do if you were PJ and given the bottom floor for the restaurant and Cole and given the upper floor for the kids? Well for them it feels like a competition as each one is trying to oust the other. The wonderful thing about this romance is it is not supposed to work. What is so much fun is watching the romance grow because of the competition clashes in the hallway. This is generally the only time they see one another and while the sparks fly the attraction begins. “The Wishing Season” is a sweet romance that has the best characters of PJ and Cole in it.  I liked it and look forward to the next visit with the McKinley family.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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