The Wishing Season Review

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In The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter, PJ McKinley is excited to finally make her dream of running a restaurant a reality by entering a competition to win The Wishing House, a historic house that is up for grabs through a competition held by it's eccentric owner, Mrs Simmons.  But Cole Evans also wants to Wishing House to open a transitional home for foster kids that have aged out of the system.  Mrs. Simmons decides that they will share the house for a year before she decides who will finally win the contest, but as PJ and Cole get to know each other, they find themselves attracted to each other and unsure of how their relationship will work out as the year comes to a close.

I enjoyed this book.  I feel like the characters and their issues were believable, even if a contest for a historical home is not something that is likely to happen in real life.  I think Hunter struck a good balance with describing the tension between Cole and PJ's conflicting goals while still making you like both characters.  I wasn't sure who to root for throughout the book.

I realized after I started the book that this is part of The Chapel Hill romance series, and so characters from the other two books in this series make appearances (I wrote about the second book, Dancing With Fireflies, here).  I always like when books tie in well with the other books in the series and let us catch up with all the characters.  Hunter also talked quite a bit about PJ's brother and his problems in this book, so I'm hoping she writes one more story about him!

Hunter's books are always quick, easy reads, and they keep me interested throughout the story.  Part of this book takes place at Christmastime, but the book spans an entire year, so contrary to my first impression, I wouldn't say this is exclusively a Christmas book.  It's perfect for Christmas time, but it would be good to read any time of the year!

I was lucky enough to get an advance copy - but lucky for you, The Wishing Season came out today!  Check it out!

Note: I received a digital copy of this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Annie said...

This just downloaded on my Kindle this morning! I'm so excited to read it!

Melanie said...

This sounds so good!!

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