Monday, December 15, 2014

The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

About the Book:

Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef and a big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.
Trouble is, their chemistry could spoil their dreams.

Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it’s a contest 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 an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.

But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

My Thoughts:

Break out the tissues!  Denise Hunter has crafted an engaging and emotional story that is perfect for the Christmas season.  This is the third book in her Chapel Springs series, and the stories keep getting richer and the love for the McKinley clan keeps growing.

PJ is the one who needs to prove herself; we all have someone in the family that feels the need, don't we?  I was that one, the youngest, the one who had to 'get it right' and make something of myself.  Her encounter with Cole reveals that he's cut from that same cloth, so when they end up in competition for the house....sparks fly!

I was cheering for them both, and had my heart pulled in multiple directions.  Tears kept me from reading at moments, both from laughter and from heartache.  Denise creates imaginary people that could walk into your local coffee shop and strike up a conversation with you, and don't be surprised if you find yourself praying for people who aren't real!

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson for my advance copy of "The Wishing Season" in exchange for an honest review.  Don't miss "The Wishing Season", and be sure to pick up the first two books as well!                                                          

Happy Reading!



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