by Helena Hunting
Publication: September 24, 2023
Series: Spark House #3
Cover Design: Danielle Christopher (@dfio216)
Illustrated: Monique Aimee (@moniqueaimee)
With her signature charm and sense of humor, bestselling author Helena Hunting creates a novel about love, family, and second chances in Make a Wish…
Ever have a defining life moment you wish you could do over? Harley Spark has one. The time she almost kissed the widowed father of the toddler she nannied for. It was so bad they moved across the state and she never saw them again.
Fast forward seven years and she’s totally over it. At least she thinks she is. Until Gavin Rhodes and his adorable now nine-year-old daughter, Peyton, reappear at a princess-themed birthday party hosted by Spark House, Harley’s family’s event hotel. Despite trying to avoid the awkwardness of the situation, she can’t help but notice how unbearably sexy he looks in a tutu. Add to that a spontaneous hives breakout, and it’s clear she’s not even remotely over the mortification of her egregious error all those years ago.
Except Gavin seems oblivious to her inner turmoil. So much so that he suggests they get together for lunch. For Peyton’s sake, of course. It’s the perfect opportunity to heal old wounds. Or it could just reopen them. This is one of those times Harley wishes she could see the future…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance with all the feels to romantic comedies that will have you laughing until you cry.
**I was provided a copy of the book through NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.**
Spark House has flourished under the management of the Spark sisters, and they are on their way to expanding the business. With their eyes on franchising, Harley, the youngest of the sisters, has started to question her place in the endeavor, especially as her role begins to shrink. Along with trying to find where she belongs professionally, her personal life gets a little more complicated when she reconnects with a man who previously hired her as a live-in nanny for his daughter.
It was enlightening to learn more about Harley, especially because Avery initially introduced Harley as a rather disagreeable person in the first book and it stuck with me. Harley is very giving of herself and her time, especially when it relates to children. I’m a sucker for the cute kid trope, so it helped me to form a more rounded picture of who Harley is. Her patience with Peyton, her love interest’s daughter, and their immediate bond greatly endeared her to me.
Gavin is a wonderful dad with his commitment to Peyton and willingness to dress in tutus, but I was conflicted about him as a love interest. I had swoony moments, but I also had moments of uncertainty about his feelings. It felt like he often abused Harley’s willingness to watch Peyton, whether intentionally or not. Additionally, his feelings for her were often overshadowed by his feelings about how much he appreciated Harley’s relationship with his daughter. It is hard to disentangle the two, but I wanted more of how he also loved her as her own person.
Like with the first two books, the relationships between the sisters remain a pivotal component of the book. The love they have for each other has remained, while their relationships have evolved, exhibiting growth and maturity. As they have come to better understand each other, there has been less conflict and more listening. It was heart-warming to see how much they loved and supported one another as well as welcomed each other’s partners into the family. I am a little sad to see the series end.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and would recommend the series. In particular, Make A Wish may be enjoyed by readers who like books about single fathers finding romance and are a fan of the cute kid trope.