For anyone who has had an unrequited love, has online dated, or who enjoys a superb love story, Denise Hunter’s On Magnolia Lane is a book you won’t want to miss.
About the Book
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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In My Opinion
Denise Hunter consistently writes swoon-worthy heroes who are human. While readers were introduced to Jack McReady in the first to books of the Blue Ridge Sunrise series, this rock-climbing pastor gets the spotlight in On Magnolia Lane.
I love that Pastor Jack is a listener and that he’s held a torch for a certain florist for a couple years. Hunter explores the difficulties (and challenges) of a single man in a ministry role well. I think there’s a reason God pairs most pastors up while they’re in college.
Daisy is a great complement to Jack. She’s got a servant’s heart, she’s a little shy and unsure of herself, but she finds comfort in talking to Pastor Jack (although she doesn’t see him as more than Pastor Jack). But Daisy’s life is about to get complicated with a visitor to town, a revelation about her father, and an online relationship that has potential.
On Magnolia Lane is a romance that cautions readers against placing anyone on a pedestal. That fall is a hard one for both the person sitting on top and the person looking up to them.
Hunter has a natural knack for bringing certain issues into her stories organically. This book is no different with discussions about learning disabilities as well as infidelity. It’s another must-read for fans of a good romance with plenty of sigh-worthy moments.
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