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.
Ope’s Opinion: Another good story from Denise Hunter. She just seems to able to write a story that draws me in and keeps me wanting to read more. I especially like the McKinley family. This is the third book – there is one more – can’t wait!!
I think PJ’s story will hit home with the youngest in a family. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how she should live her life and who she should live her life with. It makes her second guess herself.
I like when a fiction story teaches me a little something along the way. I didn’t really think about how hard it would be as a foster child to just be homeless at the age of 18. I liked learning about transitional homes. Just another way Denise Hunter writes awesome fiction that feels so real.
Rating: 4.5 – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.