The Wishing Season | Denise Hunter


Today I’m reviewing The Wishing Season , the third book in the Chapel Springs Romance series by Denise Hunter.

Here is a brief 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.

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This is the first book I have read (and reviewed) in the Chapel Springs series… and it’s awesome!

… but I can assure you — it won’t be the last!

I’m already compiling a list of Chapel Springs books… I can’t wait to read Barefoot Summer and Dancing With Fireflies. Once I’m done, I plan to re-read The Wishing Season, before delving into Married ’til Monday. Whew!

Now back to The Wishing Season

I think I was hooked just after a french violet in a sturdy clay pot left PJ’s hand and landed on Cole’s head. Since most men are pretty thick-headed, I imagine PJ didn’t think she’d hurt him. And can you think of a more suitable match than Susie Sunshine and Mr. Grumpy — they’re perfect for one another.


I love that Denise Hunter writes about a young man who grew up in foster homes, knowing the difficulties those like him face when grown, to do whatever he could to open a transitional home for post-foster care children.

The characters that Denise creates are amazing! They’re funny… and sweet… oh yeah — and they truly are inspirational. When Cole bullies PJ to scoot over to the passenger seat so he can drive her to the hospital, I knew this was the sort of person I would like to know (too bad he’s a made-up character).

I sincerely hope I haven’t give too much away; that was not my intent. If you haven’t read the Chapel Springs series or The Wishing Season, I urge you take the time to do so… you will be inspired and encouraged to make the world a better place.

I love reading the Chapel Springs series!

You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE and from Thomas Nelson HERE

You can find more about Denise Hunter on her website… HERE

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

God bless you!


Title: The Wishing Season
Series: Chapel Springs Romance
Author: Denise Hunter
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: December 2014
ISBN: 978-1401687045

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