As the youngest McKinley sibling, PJ feels the pressure of trying to prove to her family that she can succeed. She has to believe in herself because no one else, including her family, does. When a contest is opened up to convert a historic home into a business, PJ sees the perfect opportunity to make her dream of owning a restaurant and B&B come true. She pours herself into her presentation to win the contest. Her only competition is Cole Evans. A man with no family and regrets a mile long who wants the home to help foster kids who have turned eighteen and aged out of the foster care system before they have finished high school. When the judges of the contest are unable to come to an agreement, PJ and Cole are challenged to put their plans to the test. For one year they will live under the same roof–PJ on the first floor with her restaurant and Cole on the second floor with his foster program–and try to make a go of their businesses without killing each other. Sparks fly immediately between them. First with distrust and silent accusations and later with heat and passion. Who will have to give up their dream? And will the loss of that dream ruin an even bigger dream for both of them?
I’ll admit I’ve had this book for a couple of months and have had to restrain myself from diving into it because I needed to wait until we were closer to the release date (Dec. 9 if you’re wondering). I love Denise Hunter’s books and can easily sit down and read one in less than twenty-four hours. The Wishing Season was no exception. PJ is sweet, funny, and likable. Her incessant chatter is humorous. Cole is the perfect brooding hero–haunted by his past and trying to make amends. He is also the perfect gentleman (after a bit of a rough start). There is one more McKinley sibling who needs to find his happily ever after. I hope readers get to learn Ryan’s story next.
***Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.