PJ McKinley is out to prove that she can achieve her dream of owning her own successful restaurant. Years of being treated as the baby of the family has left PJ resentful of her family’s attempts to guide her in her decision making. Cole Evans wants to help foster children transition into successful adults when they age out of the “system”. When Cole and PJ are thrown together in a year long competition, their relationship begins to grow from adversary to friend to romantic interest. But Cole carries a huge load of guilt with him from his past, making him feel unworthy of the kind of relationship he could have with PJ. The Wishing Season is another wonderful addition to the Chapel Springs Romance series.
Cole and PJ are such great characters. I love the attraction between these two! Both know that a relationship between competitors could be a rocky thing to enter into and that issue chases them throughout the entire book. I also admired these two people. Although Cole and PJ each carried guilt from the past, neither one was truly responsible for the issue that bothered them so much. It was interesting to realize that they both understood that the other was carrying unnecessary guilt, but could not recognize the fact in their own lives.
This was a fun setting for a book. Two people thrown together and having to work against each other in such a situation made for some fun interactions. My favorite book in the series is still Dancing With Fireflies, but The Wishing Season holds its own in the series quite nicely. And, as always, it is fun to revisit the previous characters. I cannot wait to read Ryan’s story in the next book, Married ’til Monday. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
She daydreams of whipping up sauces and soufflés in her own restaurant. His heart is set on helping foster children. Both dreams are at stake. So are their hearts.
With grand plans to open her own bed & breakfast in Chapel Springs, PJ McKinley can’t afford the most crucial part: the brick and mortar. But when the owner of a local historic home announces a contest and promises her property to the worthiest candidate, PJ makes a fervent wish and tosses her name into the hat.
Cole Evans is cool, confident, and successful, but he’ll never forget his roots. He’s thankful for how far he’s come and knows his life could have turned out drastically different. If he can win the stately old mansion, he’ll turn it into a home for children aging out of the foster system.
When the eccentric house owner narrows the entries down to only two applicants, she extends the contest, giving PJ and Cole one year to prove which one of them can make the best use of her beloved home. As the pair competes in close proximity, something deeper than rivalry sparks between PJ and Cole. And in this battle, they’re likely to lose their hearts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bestselling novelist Denise Hunter has received the Holt Medallion Award, Reader’s Choice Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. She lives in Indiana with her husband and their three sons.