THE WISHING SEASON
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.
Please note: A fainting couch is essential for this read due to copious swoonworthy scenes scattered throughout the book. Be. Still. My. Heart. PJ and Cole made a huge impact on me. And their first meet? Hysterical. Especially PJ. Hunter has a brilliant talent for fleshing out the essence of a character in only a few pages. I felt like I knew PJ (and loved her) in a all of a nanosecond.
Talk about opposites attract -- only Cole and PJ don't at first. Or pretend they don't. They come from different worlds, their lives riddled with diverse experiences but at the core they are both struggling with deep issues of self-worth and a determination to prove themselves. Talk about upping the angst because they both need to win this competition. I mean really need to win. My heart was all aflutter the whole read trying to figure out how that was even possible.
This is the kind of book that will make you laugh out loud just as much as it will tug at your heartstrings. A wonderful blending of the stuff real life is made of. The McKinley family has become a fixture in my life much as Henderson's O'Malleys and Warren's Christiansens have. I like to think of them all as extended family and it's such a treat to catch up with the rest of the clan. No worries if you haven't read the other books in A Chapel Springs Romance series, this one reads well as a standalone. Mind you, I predict that after reading The Wishing Season, you'll definitely want to hunt out the other three.
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