Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review: The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

The Wishing Season
(Chapel Hills, #3)
by Denise Hunter
Adult Inspiratonal Romance
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.28
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Published on: December 9, 2014
Pages: 320

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

She daydreams of whipping up sauces and souffles 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.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An Overview of the Novel: PJ has always wanted to prove to herself and her family that she was capable. When there is an old mansion up for grabs, she's ready to take it and turn her dreams of owning a B&B into a reality. She's not proud of all the decisions she's made, but she's going to succeed.

The only problem is that she's not the only one interested in the mansion. Cole wants to open a home to help kids transition from foster homes into independence. 

But only one of them can get the house. In the end, they get a year trial. A year to see which one has better success. They are both living in the same mansion and neither is sure if it's big enough for the two of them, especially not with all the romantic tension between them.

But in the end somebody's dreams have to be broken and if they're not careful their hearts might just be broken too. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  In one word: adorable! Oh how I love Denise Hunter. This is the first book I've read by her, but I can promise you it will not be the last. 

I loved PJ and Cole. PJ was so cute. She just felt so real. She had all these insecurities and all these quirks that I loved. PJ has to be one of my favorite characters ever. 

And Cole was another knock-out character for me. I loved getting to know more about him and his past and watching his character develop. One thing is for sure and that is that Hunter is a master at characterization.

The story was cute and I loved the plotline. It tackled some deep issues but did it in a manner without being preachy or overbearing. 

Hunter sure knows how to craft a romance that will leave you smiling. If you want to cozy up this Christmas season with a cute read, then The Wishing Season is a perfect read. 

So why 4.5 stars? I absolutely adored it. There were a few parts that were slow so it's a 4.5 not a 5, but seriously I loved this one. 

Can I read the series out of order? I did. I didn't feel at all lost. I could tell there was probably a backstory with some of the characters, but this one can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I do plan on going back and reading the first two in the series, however. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None, perfectly clean. 

The Wrap-up: Definitely am going to get my hands on another Hunter novel asap. I think I've fallen in love with her writing style, her characters, and everything about how she writes. Hunter easily has the makings to become a new favorite author for me. 


Danica Page

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