Review: The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

The Wishing Season (Chapel Springs #3)

by Denise Hunter

Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef and a big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.

Building dreams and helping others is the challenge in this Christian romance by Denise Hunter.
Building dreams and helping others is the challenge in this Christian romance by Denise Hunter.

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 Review:

Okay, I spent my weekend devouring another Denise Hunter book. Of the Chapel Spring series I think this is my favorite! We catch a glimpse of PJ in the previous two Chapel Spring books, but it is wonderful to see the “baby” of the family finish college, become a beautiful, bright young woman, and work hard to make her dreams come true. I’m the baby of my own family and I know what it feels like to believe you are not capable and the need to prove yourself. Cole has a heart of gold especially for youth that face barriers to becoming independent, productive adults.  However, the weight of past guilt and grief keeps his heart guarded and prevents him from seeing the blessings God has in store for him. What a wonderful combination to watch these two build their individual dreams in the same house only to realize their dreams work best when they work together. Well written story, funny moments, teary moments, sweet romance, and my favorite, a “happily ever after.”