Published by Thomas Nelson on November 6, 2018
Also by this author: Sweetbriar Cottage, Blue Ridge Sunrise, Honeysuckle Dreams, Honeysuckle Dreams
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From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes the final book in Hunter’s Blue Ridge Romance series.
Pastor Jack McReady has secretly carried a torch for Daisy for two long years. She’s a member of his congregation, after all, and she’ll never see him as more than a trusted counselor. Jack’s best friend Noah has taken every opportunity to encourage his lovesick friend, but when Noah catches wind that Daisy has joined an online dating site, he takes matters into his own hands and orchestrates a meet-cute of the most unconventional kind.
Owner of the local flower shop, Daisy Pendleton is content with her small-town life, but she’d sure like someone to share it with. After several disastrous first dates, she’s about to give up—and then she finds a seemingly wonderful man online. Daisy gets to know TJ through a series of messages but finds herself spending more time with Pastor Jack outside of the church at the same time. What she doesn’t know is that her online prospect and Jack are one and the same.
Just as Daisy’s love life starts to look promising, a mysterious woman appears in town. Daisy is faced with a revelation about her family that turns her world upside down, and she looks to both TJ and Jack for help.
Jack must find a way to reveal himself as her online suitor without breaking her heart and losing her trust. As Daisy faces Jack’s betrayal, she’ll have to learn to extend grace to herself, her family, and the man she’s grown to love.
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On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter is a uniquely spun story. Pastor Jack McReady has secretly had feelings for a member of his congregation, but he doesn't think she will ever see him as anything other than her pastor. Enter Noah, Pastor Jack's best friend who secretly creates Pastor Jack a profile on an online dating site, and you have a sweet story.
Let me start by saying how much I love the cover of this book. I think it is my favorite cover of this series. It feels so immersive and makes me want to take a picnic lunch to the park.
Besides this being a Denise Hunter book (and the cover), I was initially drawn to this book because of the pastor. Growing up with a pastor for a father, I enjoy fictional books that feature them as characters because I feel there is a relatableness that I have to them. The same was true for Pastor Jack.
Noah has been one of my favorite characters in this series ever since reading Sweetbriar Cottage, and I enjoyed the role he played in this book. I found the character dynamics to be engaging and fun. The online dating site was an exciting twist that forced the story to take a unique angle on the already compelling relationship.
I enjoy the way Hunter creates charming characters, like Daisy, is the owner of the local flower shop. I know. I'm a sucker for small towns!
On Magnolia Lane might just be my favorite book in this series. From the small town feel to the unique storyline, Hunter crafted a story that was equally sweet and fun.