The Wishing Season

The Wishing Season

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by Denise Hunter
     
 

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In this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

She has the touch when it comes to food, but PJ McKinley’s dream of opening her own restaurant is one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home as prize to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ

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In this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

She has the touch when it comes to food, but PJ McKinley’s dream of opening her own restaurant is one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home as prize to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes 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 a not-for-profit enterprise will be good for the community.

When the eccentric philanthropist weighs the proposals, she proposes an outlandish tie-breaker: PJ and Cole will share the house for a year to see which idea works best. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-today life has turned into an out-and-out rivalry—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. But could their magnetic attraction cost them everything they’ve ever wanted?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780718078539
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2016
Series:
A Chapel Springs Romance
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
867,336
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Dancing with Fireflies and The Convenient Groom. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. You can learn more about Denise through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at facebook.com/authordenisehunter

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The Wishing Season 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely enjoyed this story. I read the entire book in one day because I just couldn't put it down. The story was well written and completely engaging from start to finish. I loved the competition, growth, flirtation and banter woven into each character. The characters were amazing. I loved PJ. She is smart, spunky, and just downright good. Her need to prove herself is something a lot of people can relate to. Cole was the hunky, heart of gold, yet brooding man. His past experience in the foster care system and current work made him that much more appealing. The competition between the two was fantastic. Sparks would fly the instant they were near each other. The problems they had to overcome were relatable and their romance was sweet. The message was expertly weaved throughout the story. Each character experiences something in their life they regret. The guilt and shame of our actions can cripple our lives and keep us from experiencing the joy God intends for us. No matter what we do, we can't escape those feelings on our own. But God, in His goodness, sent His son to take away our guilt and shame. That's the beauty of believing in the Lord! Overall, I highly recommend Denise Hunter's books. This is a poignant story with a beautiful message. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook blogging program in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.*
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
The Wishing Season is an inspirational contemporary romance with real characters.  This is not a fairy tale romance.    PJ McKinley is trying to prove to herself and her family that she can be successful and make good decisions.  She is trying to win a contest by opening up her own restaurant.  Cole is also competing. His cause appears to be nobler.  Having been raised in a foster system after his parents died, he wants to open a house for kids aging out of the foster systems.  I adored the scene where they first meet.  You empathize with PJ and her family’s involvement.  The author reveals PJ and Cole’s issues from the past.   Although the book is part of a series, it can be read alone.  You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.  
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
 really enjoyed this book. PJ and Cole have just the right amount of chemistry and what starts as being antagonistic and fighting soon turns to something else has they learn to get along and learn that it's not just what your success and what others in general need but those that you may not even notice. Wonderful story and can't wait to read more.
jacksonmomLV 6 months ago
It seems all the McKinley girls fall for guys they don't like or can't have....but once again, Denise Hunter draws you in with her dynamic writing style and endearing characters. Another keeper - love this series.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
PJ McKinley has recently graduated from culinary school and has a dream. A dream to open a restaurant come B and B and serve amazing cuisine to the locals of Chapel Springs. In what seems like divine appointment, a wealth town identity decides to run a competition to donate her family home to the winning local business that is best deserving and beneficial to the community. PJ is convinced that she has a good a chance an anyone to secure the mansion, that is until Cole Evans enter the scene with his ideas of at risk youth and a place to shelter those on the edge of foster care and adulthood. The two are initially flung together when the wealthy widow decides rather than to announce a winner, to allow both her two favourite ideas for the house to be trailed side by side for a year and at the end of which she will make a final decision All is not smooth sailing to begin with as PJ and Cole but heads and disagree on the best ideas for the house. But slowly as the time passes they begin to respect the other’s ideas and dreams. But can the find literal common ground before the year is up to utilise the house to best serve the community of Chapel Springs. I loved the competition element to this story and found both PJ and Cole idealists but also dreamers willing to risk everything for their goals. Another good instalment in the Chapel Springs collection.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Denise Hunter in her new book “The Wishing Season" Book Three in the Chapel Springs Romance series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of PJ McKinley. From the back cover: In this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts. She has the touch when it comes to food, but PJ McKinley’s dream of opening her own restaurant is one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home as prize to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes 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 a not-for-profit enterprise will be good for the community. When the eccentric philanthropist weighs the proposals, she proposes an outlandish tie-breaker: PJ and Cole will share the house for a year to see which idea works best. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into an out-and-out rivalry—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. But could their magnetic attraction cost them everything they’ve ever wanted? I like the McKinley family and this time the focus is on PJ. With all the attention that The Food Network is attracting I am not surprised that it has spilled over into the books. PJ wants to open her own restaurant but Cole wants to open a foster kids home. What more can you say about two such widely separate ventures? What would you do if you were PJ and given the bottom floor for the restaurant and Cole and given the upper floor for the kids? Well for them it feels like a competition as each one is trying to oust the other. The wonderful thing about this romance is it is not supposed to work. What is so much fun is watching the romance grow because of the competition clashes in the hallway. This is generally the only time they see one another and while the sparks fly the attraction begins. "The Wishing Season" is a sweet romance that has the best characters of PJ and Cole in it. I liked it and look forward to the next visit with the McKinley family. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! PJ and Cole begin as competitors but quickly realize they can help each other out. It was a lot of fun to see how their relationship developed! I loved the mission that Cole was on to help kids who age out of foster care. His idea for post-foster care housing has actually led to some interesting conversations at home! (Don't you love when that happens?!) I've said repeatedly that I love series that follow a family through several books, and this is a perfect example why. The Wishing Season primarily focus on PJ—but we also get to catch up with the rest of the McKinley family. One thing I thought was interesting was how much the rest of the family irritated me for treating PJ so poorly at times (and I LOVED them in the other books!). I guess that just goes to show what a great job the author did of helping me feel empathy for PJ! I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to Chapel Springs and happily recommend this book (and the entire series!) to readers who love sweet, contemporary romances! [5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
britkirk More than 1 year ago
The Wishing Season Author: Denise Hunter Series: A Chapel Springs Romance Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 9, 2014) Paperback: 336 pages Book Description: 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. Meet the Author: Denise Hunter is the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and Dancing with Fireflies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the experience of falling in love vicariously through her characters and can expect a happily-ever-after sigh as they close the pages of her books. In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too! When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are raising three boys. Visit her website here! My Review: This is book number three in A Chapel Springs Romance series. Anyone who hasn’t read the first two books in this series would be fine to read The Wishing Season. I do encourage you to read those too! Everything has more meaning for those of us who’ve been with these characters from the beginning. You will fall in love with these characters as you read. You are going to love the story about the foster kids and the contest that takes place in this book. You will never guess the winner! This book is perfect for any season, so I recommended that you give this book a shot. Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the booklook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Happy Reading!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
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. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through BookLook Bloggers, in exchange for an honest review.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Surprises, surprises, surprises......I thought this was a Christmas book based on the cover, but it is not.   PJ and Cole are both competing for ownership of the Wishing Mansion.  PJ wants to turn it into a Bed-and-Breakfast and restaurant and Cole wants to provide housing for 18 year old foster children to transition.   Then they have to share it for one year before the board determines who will receive ownership.  Chemistry flies between PJ and Cole and things become heated and not just in the restaurant's kitchen.    This romance is very cute, very funny and completely endearing.  I could not help but like PJ and Cole and I was torn about the potential outcome as both deserved the Wishing Mansion.   Cole has some issues to deal with as he himself was a foster child after his parents and little sister were killed in a car accident for which he blames himself.   PJ has not always made wise choices in men and so she has some things to overcome as well.   I could picture the mansion in my mind and wished I could visit the restaurant and taste some of the delicious food prepared there.   Denise Hunter has written a lovely ending and readers will have to get a copy to find out what happens!    I rate this novel 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers. I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
I brought this novel along on our family vacation and proceeded to read it poolside. Despite the wintry scene on the cover, the story actually takes place over the course of a year in the quaint town of Chapel Springs, Indiana. This Hoosier native enjoyed the chosen setting as well as a nod to my hometown of Indianapolis and our Colts! Denise did a beautiful job of capturing the appeal of small town USA. From the start, PJ and Cole's dreams set them at odds with one another. Evangeline Wishing Simmons has the ability to make both of their dreams come true by gifting them her family estate - a century old historic home. However, when she cannot decide a winner, she concocts a plan for them to share the house for a year. The run-off competition forces the main characters to to meld their ideas. PJ renovates the bottom floor into a gourmet restaurant, while Cole makes the necessary adjustments to the upstairs in order to accommodate four kids who have aged out of foster care. A storm of emotions brews when these two competitors move in under the same roof. Before the year is up they both acknowledge an underlying attraction for one another. Forcing them to decide between their feelings for one another and the dreams they hold dear. Denise Hunter's cast of characters was interesting to me. Cole's character was very conflicted but it worked well to express the grief and guilt which he carried from his childhood. I was charmed by PJ's spunky and driven personality. Her family was large, but I didn't see how mentioning each member in such detail added to the story given the minimal roles they played. On the other hand, I wish the author had devoted more ink to the foster kids and perhaps allowed them to participate more in the running of the house over the course of the year. That would have added an interesting layer to the story which would have endeared them to me. Regardless, the turbulent romance between Cole and PJ shines with moments of heartache and sweet tenderness. I give The Wishing Season 4/5 stars. This has been a year of literary firsts for me, The Wishing Season being the first book that I've read by author Denise Hunter. I was fortunate enough to win this book from the author and I am delighted to share my review with you.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
The first book I read and reviewed in the Chapel Springs series was a complete and total surprise! Then, of course, I was hooked and had to read the next book and now I’m so excited to read this one! The Wishing Season was another complete surprise for me! WHAT A GREAT READ! I love the story! I love the characters! I love the crazy roller coaster ride of an adventure that you get when you add in one contest, one determined chef and one hard-nosed contractor. It’s not precisely what I would consider a Christmas story but it is a wonderful winter romance! Do not miss this story! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review!