PJ McKinley loves to cook. She’s happiest when trying out recipes and showering her family and friends with delicious treats. PJ has grand ideas for opening a restaurant in her hometown. There’s one problem: she doesn’t have a building or funds for one. But it seems like her dreams are about to come true when a long-time Chapel Springs resident organizes a contest promising to donate her treasured family home to the applicant with the best plan for the building.
Successful and confident, Cole Evans has overcome major obstacles to get to where he is. Cole knows all too well the struggles foster kids face, especially when they age out and are practically tossed out of the system to fend for themselves. Determined to make a difference for these youngsters, Cole believes he’s found the perfect place to set up his transition home. Now, all he has to do is convince an eccentric elderly woman that his project is the best use for her home.
Get in, get out. Both PJ and Cole think that winning the house will be a breeze. But when the philanthropist donor can’t choose between the two proposals, she makes a shocking decision. The two must share the house for a year, put their respective plans into practice and prove that they are the right person to win the old place. With the competition escalating by the day, it quickly becomes evident that more than just the house is at stake.
Denise Hunter reunites her fans with the beloved McKinley family in the third installment of this captivating series. The Wishing Season is a beautiful, heart-warming tale that entrances the reader from the opening scene. Cole and PJ’s somewhat comical first encounter instantly drew me in and I couldn’t help but root for both to succeed, knowing that only one could win. As the months steadily ticked by and the deadline approached, apprehension seized my heart as though it were my dreams hanging on the balance and not theirs.
While Daniel and Jade’s story (Dancing with Fireflies) is still my favorite, I liked becoming better acquainted with another of the McKinley siblings. It was a delight witnessing PJ’s confidence grow as the story progressed and watching Cole realize what he has to offer. In their own ways, each struggle to see their worth—something that many readers can relate with.
Romance fans and followers of the Chapel Springs series alike will enjoy picking up a copy of this book.
Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!
**Originally posted on Life is Story.