The Wishing Season


From their very first somewhat explosive encounter, PJ McKinley and Cole Evans are destined to strike a few sparks but not only the romantic kind. They soon learn that they are in competition to be awarded a historic home and both of them are depending on winning because neither can afford to finance their dream without it. When the owner decides to give them a year in the house as co-tenants to prove which of them deserves to win, the stakes are raised and it is open season. As any reader of romantic fiction can guess, the setting is perfect for a romance between the competitors. PJ and Cole find themselves helping each other out and even liking each other despite their rivalry.

PJ and Cole are both endearing characters who think they have something to prove to themselves or others but really just need to turn it all over to the Lord. The story moved at a perfect pace with just the right amount of drama, humor, and surprises along the way. Of course the romantic tension was just right also. I liked the way PJ and Cole’s attitudes changed during the course of the book and the examples of self-sacrifice shown by both of them.

You can never go wrong with a novel by Denise Hunter and I suggest that readers grab “The Wishing Season” as well as the other Chapel Springs novels.

This book was provided for review by the BookLook Blogger Program
of Harper Collins Christian Publishing..


She daydreams of whipping up sauces and souffl├ęs 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.


Denise HunterBestselling 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.