Falling in love with Daisy was easy for Jack. But finding the courage to tell her becomes problematic when his secret feelings lead to even bigger complications.
From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the final book in the Blue Ridge Romance series.
After two years of counseling sessions with Daisy Pendleton, Pastor Jack McReady has earned a permanent spot in her life as a spiritual leader—and nothing more. Jack would never risk losing her trust by exposing the depths of his heart, but he’s hopelessly in love with her.
Daisy loves her southern small-town life and her job at her family-run flower shop, but she doesn’t have the thing she longs for most: someone to share it with. Her recent foray into online dating has been a disaster—until she meets TJ.
Jack could kill his friend Noah for using his initials and some indistinct photos to set up a profile on the dating app Daisy is using. But when he’s finally afforded the opportunity to show her a different side of himself, he’s sucked into the plan before he has time for second thoughts.
Online, Daisy shares some of her greatest fears with TJ, but in person, Jack and Daisy are spending more time together. When a devastating family secret surfaces, Daisy knows that only her trusted friend and counselor can bring her comfort. Jack wants nothing more than to be both men for Daisy, but revealing his secret will prove to be the ultimate test of Daisy’s grace.
“I have never read a romance by Denise Hunter that didn’t sweep me away into a happily ever after. Treat yourself!” —Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of Who I Am with You
“Move over You’ve Got Mail because in Denise Hunter’s On Magnolia Lane you’ve got an e-romance with enough RAM (romance and magic) not only to sputter your software, but to tug at your heart while touching your soul. Easily one of the top romance writers in the CBA, Hunter is a master at inspirational love stories that linger in one’s memory—and hard drive—long after the last page.” —Julie Lessman, award-winning author
About the Author
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.
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Jack McReady had fallen in love with Daisy in one-hour increments. How many men could claim that? he thought as he swung his Mazda into the diagonal slot in front of her flower shop, his palms sweaty against the leather steering wheel.
This wasn't his ordinary way of seeing her. Usually she came into his office to talk — hence the one-hour increments. It was the reason he knew more about Daisy than most, even their mutual friends.
But today he was getting flowers for his secretary, Gloria, as tomorrow was Administrative Professionals' Day. Sure, he could've phoned the order in, but then he would have missed a prime opportunity to see Daisy.
Entering the shop was always a full sensory experience. The bells tinkled out a welcome as the cool, bright fragrance of flowers rose to his nostrils. The colorful array of flowers and knickknacks, so artfully arranged, begged the shopper to stop and touch and appreciate.
"Be with you in a minute!" Daisy called from the back.
The sweet sound of her voice made Jack's heart thump harder. He knew she'd be working alone because today was Tuesday. Her mom was out delivering flowers, and her grandma only worked half days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He knew — and retained — way too much about Daisy, he thought with a rueful shake of his head.
Jack stuffed his hands into his Docker pockets and perused the shop. When he was inside Oopsy Daisy he always felt as though he were meandering through the garden of Eden. Everything was arranged so perfectly, displayed so creatively. Who but Daisy would think to use an antique bicycle basket or a mailbox to display a lovely bouquet of flowers? Or an outdoor fountain to showcase a cascading arrangement of flowering vines? Everywhere he looked was another inspired idea.
He'd given up on getting her to drop the title. Her appointments had started two years ago, rarely scheduled but always delightful. He loved that she was a little overly sensitive, and he knew no one more conscientious than she. It was one of her finest qualities.
His heart fluttered at the sight of her silky blond hair and the faint spray of freckles that dotted her nose.
"Hello, Daisy. How are you this afternoon?" His tongue felt thick and uncoordinated.
"Just fine. I'm working on an order for a Cinco de Mayo party, believe it or not."
"Sounds intriguing." Was it just him, or was it hot in here? He tugged at his collar.
"I can't believe we're almost to May," she said.
"Step out onto the sidewalk; you'll believe it soon enough."
Her laughter was like a melody that plucked the strings of his heart. "I hear you." He let his gaze drift around the shop. "It's beautiful in here, Daisy. Every time I come in I'm just astounded by your displays."
"Oh, it's nothing really." She waved a hand as she reached the glass counter that separated them.
She was the worst at accepting a compliment. He gave her a long, steady look, as he was in the habit of doing when she tried to sell herself short.
"What? Oh, right. I'm supposed to be working on that." She pasted on a sweet smile. "Thank you ever so much, Pastor Jack. That is so nice of you to say."
"There, was that so hard?"
"You'll never know." She tilted a smile up at him. "So let me guess — you're here for Secretaries' Day."
"Got it in one."
"I'll fix Gloria up with a nice bouquet. Maybe some roses and daisy poms, some asters and purple delphinium? I have a large blue mason jar she'd just love. I can tie a nice big bow around it."
He loved the way her green eyes sparkled when she talked flowers. He fought their magnetic pull and was grateful for the umpteenth time that his olive skin wasn't prone to blushing. "Whatever you come up with will be perfect."
Daisy wrote up the order as Jack signed a card for Gloria. His secretary had been with him since he'd taken the job seven years ago. He'd be adrift without her, and they both knew it.
"You want to wait while I make it up or should we deliver it for you tomorrow?" Daisy asked after he'd swiped his credit card."
Whatever's easiest for you."
The bell tinkled as the door opened, allowing the entrance of a tall, slender woman with straight brown hair. She was well dressed and looked to be in her early thirties.
"Welcome!" Daisy said, peering past Jack with a friendly smile. "Let me know if I can help you with anything."
"Actually, I'm just looking for a bouquet. Maybe you can point me in the right direction."
Jack stepped back from the counter, nodding at the woman before turning back to Daisy. "Go ahead and help her. You can just deliver the flowers tomorrow."
"Sounds great. Thanks, Pastor Jack."
* * *
"Sorry if I butted in line," the woman said.
Daisy's eyes slid from Pastor Jack to her new customer. She looked as if she'd stepped straight out of a Dove soap commercial with her creamy complexion and natural beauty. Intelligence flashed in her blue eyes as she took in the small shop.
Daisy smiled. "Not at all. We were finished. Would you like to look at our fresh bouquets, or did you have something specific in mind? I'm Daisy, by the way — one of the owners."
The woman gave her a crooked smile. "Ah, Daisy ... hence the name of the shop. I'm Julia."
"Nice to meet you. The name wasn't my idea, believe me. My grandma started the place when I was young enough to think having a store named after me was the best thing since sliced bread. Can I help you find something?"
"I'm not really sure what I want. Let me look a minute, I guess."
Julia wandered over to the floral display case, grace in her movements. She wore quality black slacks and a trendy top. The bag and shoes looked like designer wear. In other words, she wasn't from around here.
Daisy wiped the lacquered counter and restocked the floral cards and envelopes. When she was finished, the woman was still perusing the case.
Daisy stepped out from behind the counter. "What's the occasion, Julia? Maybe I can help."
"Well ... I guess you could say they're for an old friend."
"Man or woman?"
"Man, but ..."
"Hmm. Something cheery, maybe? Spring's a great time for colorful blooms." Daisy slid open the case and pulled out a cellophane-wrapped arrangement of yellow roses, white lilies, and blue delphinium. "What do you think? This one isn't too feminine. I love the lemon leaf with the roses."
"That's the very one I was eyeing."
She smiled. "You have great taste."
"Let's do it then."
Daisy carried the bouquet to the counter and began ringing up the purchase. The cellophane crinkled as Julia picked up the bouquet and took a whiff.
"What brings you to Copper Creek? Just visiting your friend?"
"Kind of. I'm just passing through. I've never been to Georgia before. To be honest, I didn't even know there were mountains here."
"It's all we have up north. The Appalachian Trail starts not far from here. We get a lot of people passing through town, especially in the summer."
"It's a lovely town."
"Well, it's small, but it's home. I love the people and the familiarity of it all. You know how it is ... Everybody knows everybody."
"And their business?" Julia gave her a wan smile as she pulled a bill from her wallet.
"Sometimes." Daisy laughed. "Okay, most of the time. But the pros outweigh the cons, to my way of thinking. Where are you from?"
"North Carolina, the Winston-Salem area."
"You're a ways from home then. Well, I hope you enjoy your visit." Daisy made change and counted it back to Julia. "And I hope he enjoys the flowers."
Julia blinked before giving a smile that didn't quite reach her eyes. "Thank you."
Just as Daisy's customer left the shop, a series of thumps sounded on the staircase at the back of the store. She got there in time to hold the door open for Ava Morgan, who was carrying a box of old junk from the upstairs apartment.
"Thanks." Ava edged past Daisy on her way to the Dumpster out back.
The eighteen-year-old had added a subtle auburn rinse of some kind to her dark hair. The color was a striking contrast with her pale skin and blue eyes. Today she wore it back in a messy bun, exposing her long, slender neck. She was lovely, inside and out, so it had been no surprise when she was crowned Miss Georgia Peach at last year's Peachfest.
A longtime resident of the Hope House, a local girls home, Ava was graduating from high school in a month and had asked about renting the small apartment above the shop. It was full of junk the old owner had left behind and had been sitting empty for years. The deal was, if Ava cleaned it out, it was all hers. The girl had jumped on the offer.
"I'll help you after the shop closes," Daisy said when Ava returned from the Dumpster.
The girl wiped her hands on her black yoga pants. "Believe it or not, I should be done by then."
"Wow, you've really put in the hours. I don't know how you've had time with school and work."
"They kind of go easy on the seniors. They know we're seriously burnt out." Ava looked up the stairwell, smiling. "The place just needs a good cleaning now, and it'll be ready to move into. I can't wait."
Daisy remembered the stained grout in the bathroom and the thick layer of dirt on the windowsills. Ava still had a huge job ahead of her.
"It'll probably be great having a place of your own, huh?"
Ava rolled her eyes. "You have no idea. I share my room with a twelve-and fourteen-year-old."
Daisy laughed. "No wonder you're in such a hurry. A young woman needs her privacy. What are your plans going forward? Will you be working full-time at the Peach Barn once school's out?"
"For the summer, yes. Then I start classes part-time at Dalton State."
"I thought I heard you got a full scholarship to UGA."
Zoe, Ava's boss at the Peach Barn and Daisy's good friend, had mentioned it a few months ago.
"I did. But I don't want to leave my little sister." Millie was nine and also a Hope House resident. Their mom had passed several years ago, and their dad was in prison. "My plan is to get my degree as quickly as possible, then save up so she can go to college. I don't think she's going to be getting an academic scholarship at this point."
"Ah, that makes sense."
The girl was making a big sacrifice for her sister. There was nothing wrong with Dalton State, but Ava would shine even at a big school like UGA.
"What's your major going to be, do you know?"
"Not sure yet. I'll just take gen eds at first and see how it goes. I really liked my marketing class last year, so maybe business."
"I'm sure you'll do great no matter what you choose."
"Thanks. I don't suppose you have a vacuum cleaner I can use? The carpet's a wreck up there."
"Oh, honey, I've seen it. You need a carpet cleaner. My grandma has one. How about I bring it over after I close up, and we'll do it together?"
Ava gave a grateful smile. "Sweet. To be honest, it was kind of grossing me out."
Daisy laughed. "It's nasty. I'll be back around five thirty, and we'll get it cleaned right up."CHAPTER 2
Daisy's childhood home was nestled at the base of the north Georgia mountains. The clapboard farmhouse with a wraparound porch was like something from a storybook. The rolling green land begged for horses — just as she'd done as a child, but her pleas had gone unheard. A fact she never let her mother forget.
"Knock-knock!" she called before slipping through the screen door. It slapped into place behind her as a delicious aroma mingled with the familiar smell of home. Thursday nights were for supper with her mama, and after a long day at the shop, Daisy was happy to skip out on cooking.
"Come on in, honey."
Daisy dropped the newspaper on the end table and entered the kitchen just as her mom was pulling a pot from the stovetop. Daisy grabbed the strainer and set it in the old farm sink just in time for her mom to empty the pasta and water into it.
Once the pasta was drained, Daisy kissed her mom's cheek. Karen Pendleton was still attractive at almost fifty-five and kept a tight rein on her figure. Her shoulder-length hair curled under the steam of the boiling water, and her green eyes, so like Daisy's, sparked whenever she got bent out of shape, which was often.
Daisy began setting out the silverware. "Deliveries go all right today?"
"Mostly. Mrs. Forsythe refused her flowers, though."
Daisy sighed, thinking of the lovely bouquet of blue and white hydrangeas. "He must've really blown it this time."
"No doubt. I put the arrangement in the case. Maybe it'll sell."
"I'll refund his credit card tomorrow."
"You shouldn't. It's not our fault his wife didn't want them."
"I know, but ... he's a steady customer."
"Which only speaks to the man's poor behavior."
Daisy shrugged. Part of her didn't know why Mrs. Forsythe put up with her husband's shenanigans. The other part — the one who'd been on a dozen first dates in the past few months — understood perfectly well.
They finished putting the food on the table and sat down in front of the bay window facing the backyard. It was a beautiful view — the vegetable garden her mother lovingly tended, the copse of evergreens from Christmases past, and the white fence she'd helped her father put up when she was twelve.
Daisy looked over to realize her mom was ready for grace, had maybe even said her name a time or two.
"Sorry. Lost in thought. Go ahead."
After the prayer they tucked in. The food was healthy but a little bland. A chicken breast with a light lemon sauce and whole-wheat pasta topped with her mom's homemade marinara.
"How's Ava coming along with the apartment?" her mom asked. "Gram said she's been quite the busy bee the past couple weeks."
"She's up there cleaning every spare minute. But between school and her job she can't have many of those. The carpets were so disgusting. We worked until after midnight Tuesday and still didn't get finished."
"I hope this isn't a mistake. She's so young to be living on her own."
"She can take care of herself. She seems years older than most eighteen-year-olds."
"Isn't that the truth. Poor thing, her and those other girls. I'm glad you do that Spring Fling dress drive for them."
"We've gotten quite a few donations. I just picked them up from the cleaners today."
"Was the shop busy?"
"Pretty steady. The insurance forms came in the mail, and I worked on them between customers."
"Oh, don't worry about those," her mom said. "I can fill them out this weekend."
"That's all right. I've already got a good start."
"I don't mind, honey. I know how you struggle with —"
Daisy gave her mom a look. "I've got it, Mama."
A long pause ensued, then Karen gave a tiny nod, her mouth tightening. "Of course you do. I was only trying to help."
Daisy's fork scraped the plate as she stabbed at the grilled chicken.
"How did your coffee date go with that gentleman friend?" her mom asked.
Daisy's fork paused on its way to her mouth. "How did you know about that?"
"You must've mentioned it to me."
"I'm sure I didn't." Daisy told her mom as little as possible about her love life — or lack thereof. Including the fact that she'd recently branched out with a dating app.
"Well, maybe someone else mentioned it to me. So how did it go? Was he nice?"
"He was just fine." For a thirty-year-old man still living at home with his parents and working at the Dairy Freeze. He'd had beady little brown eyes that never left hers, not even for a moment. He'd talked about his motorcycle (Sasha) like she was the love of his life — and blew his nose repeatedly at the table. Allergies, he'd said.
"You're too picky, honey. You'll never find a perfect man, you know."
"I'm not talking about this with you, Mama. I'm fine just as I am. I don't even need a man." She simply wanted one. Rather badly. Okay, desperately.
"Now stop that foolish talk. Of course you do. You could wear a little lipstick now and again. You're not getting any younger, you know."
Nor was she likely to forget it, with her mom reminding her every five minutes.
Daisy reached for the serving spoon. "Would you like more pasta? It's very good."
"Of course not. I'm watching my weight." Her quick assessment of Daisy's figure didn't go unnoticed.
Daisy scooped a heaping spoonful of pasta and dumped it on her own plate. "Well, I'm starving."
"I always make too much pasta. Are you still jogging, dear? It's so healthy for you."
"You know I'm not, Mama."
"You were so mellow when you were jogging."
"It's called exhaustion. I couldn't move for days." She'd tried jogging for a week last fall. If there were a second wind, she'd never found it. Maybe she'd take up walking now that the weather was warmer again.
"You should walk with me in the mornings. I'd love the company."
"I'll think about it."
She would definitely not think about it.(Continues…)
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Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The third in a series and this is one of those series where each book centers around a different character but the common denominator is it taking place in the same location. These books are Christian fiction, but with the sweetest of romances. This story revolves around Pastor Jack and a woman who has become a friend but is she more than just a member of his church. His friends notice that Jack could be interested and know that she is on a dating app so they sign him up in hopes of them connecting and something growing. As in all romance books, you know the ending almost from the beginning, but the joy of reading is the journey to get there.
I devoured On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter, the final book in the Blue Ridge Romance series. Daisy Pendleton and Pastor Jack McReady both want love and romance. Jack’s friends want to help him because they can see what he thinks he’s hidden so well. Tangled in their plan, he finds himself in a precarious position when the one thing he’s wanted is practically handed to him. But it means going against his conscience. When a mysterious woman enters Daisy’s floral store, she has no idea that their meeting will have such a powerful impact in her life. She gets the opportunity to face her fears, at the cost of her family’s secrets. There is no lack of intrigue in On Magolia Lane. I give it five out of five stars and highly recommend it!
On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter – If you like a good love story, time to step away for little while and read. On Magnolia Lane is the first book that I’ve read by author by Denise Hunter and I really enjoyed it. This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Romance Series. Though it’s part of a series, it’s good as a standalone book. The story is about Jack McReady who happens to be the local Pastor. One of his congregants is Daisy Pendleton and she’s been meeting with Jack for counseling over a couple of years now. He’s pretty much head over heals in love with Daisy and she is oblivious. Will she ever be able to see Jack as something more than her Pastor? Will Jack ever be bold enough to ask Daisy out on a date? Or will this romance need a little help from their friends? I really liked the characters in this book. They weren’t perfect, but they were kind, descent and caring people that I’d like to spend time with. The story takes place in the small town of Copper Creak, Georgia and after reading this book I wish it really existed because I’d like to visit. One of my favorite characters was the mystery woman Julia. I found myself drawn into her quest and appreciated how understanding and gracious she was. I liked the friendship that developed between Daisy and Julia. Denise’s style of writing is very inviting. She has a way of helping the reader to visualize the places and people, but without being too wordy. She leaves room for imagination. I thought Denise was insightful in bringing out what was going on within the characters, their insecurities and wounds from the past that haven’t quite healed, that still impacted relationships. I really enjoyed On Magnolia Lane. I appreciated that the Christian faith was included in the character’s lives and that it was a clean novel and free from filthy language and sexual immorality. There are some details about a character’s past that comes out, but the sinful choices were not glorified or made light of. In today’s world, where every where you turn there’s more bad news, it’s really nice to be able to step away for a little while, into small town with a little romance. If you like a good love story, be sure to read On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter. I look forward to reading more of Denise’s novels. I would like to thank BookLook and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to ready On Magnolia Lane in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
On Magnolia Lane was a really super cute read for me especially in the romance department. I enjoyed the technological bloom of romance that happened between Daisy and Pastor Jack. Jack, or Pastor Jack as Daisy called him for so long, is indeed a pastor but he is also a man who would like to have a wife to share his life with. He has actually been in love with Daisy for two years and she has no clue because he hid it so well. Jack was very sweet if not a bit too timid with his wanting a relationship with Daisy. And Daisy was a woman who wanted to move on with her love life as all her friends were married and in love, she wanted that too. So when Daisy starts dating with the help of a dating site, Jack finally gets a sense of how serious she is to settle down. After a bit of “help” from his friends, Jack now has a profile by the name of TJ on the dating app as well. At first he resents this but then he sees this as a way to let his guard down and let Daisy get to know him as man instead of a pastor. However, everything seems to be working too well and Daisy is actually beginning to fall for TJ. In the meantime with his new boldness, Jack is pursing Daisy in real life as well. Even though Jack was shy and had trouble expressing his feelings to Daisy, the doggedness of his pursuit to woo her and make her his was endearing and swoony at the same time. As Daisy begins to see Jack less as a pastor and more as a friend, she becomes less immune to his hidden charms. Daisy does not think she is good enough for a pastor and she is certainly confused about her feelings for both men. While this is a lighthearted, feel good romance, Daisy has found out some devastating news. She naturally turns to Jack to help work through her emotions and for spiritual help which only brings them closer. I found this to be a charming romance and story that delves deeper into matters of forgiveness and grace and letting go. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
ON MAGNOLIA LANE is, I think, the best book in this series. I absolutely fell in love with Pastor Jack and Daisy though I could see the black moment coming from the beginning. I love the unexpected twists with the stranger in the florist and the spiritual theme was very powerfully done. More conservative readers might be bothered by soft swear words and dancing to country music. There is also the mention of alcohol, but no drinking by main characters. I greatly enjoyed this book, and love the cover. Beautiful. I read the entire book in one day. Ms. Hunter is a favorite romance writer. I got a copy off netgalley. All opinions are my own.
On Magnolia Lane is another fabulous book by Denise Hunter. I’ve read several of her books and she always delivers. Her stories ooze with romance, the plots are authentic, and the hometown feel makes me want to visit again. I adore this Blue Ridge series and I’ve grown to know and love its characters. Daisy and Jack are so dear, and their story is riddled with unexpected turns. Why have I come across so few stories with a pastor as a romantic interest? Daisy is easy to connect to, and Jack was the perfect love interest for her (in my opinion.) With both lighthearted and tender moments, and plenty that made me sigh, this story is a success. A good, clean, touching read. The final book in the Blue Ridge Romance series. I was blessed to receive a complimentary copy from BookLook.
Typically I've like Denise Hunter's book's in the past that she has written, but this particular book has taken me a very long time to finish. I put it down and have no real interest in finishing the book. Finally, it's done after weeks of attempts. The story is about Daisy Pendleton, a co-owner of the local flower shop. Her father died years ago and her mother is in the process of selling the home that Daisy grew up in. If that's not enough, a figure from her dad's past comes into her life. Then we have the pastor, Jack McReady who has a secret interest in Daisy. For two long years he has admired her from afar and is frustrated that he thinks that he may never have a chance with him. But, his friend's set him up on a dating profile and guess who he is matched with? Daisy! Of course, Jack is using his middle name so Daisy has no idea that the person she is communicating with is her very own pastor. The story itself has a nice concept and storyline. However, the characters I'm just struggling to like or fall in love with. Daisy seems almost too much of a goody-two shoe character. Then, there is so much dialogue in areas where it could be just shortened and the point is still put across. The rock-climbing event is one that comes to mind. If the only book of Denise Hunter's was this book, I probably would not have ever read another book she has written. So if this is your first foray into her books, give her another chance. This one just felt like a book that needed to fill a space on the publisher's time line and she threw one together. I received this book from BookLook Bloggers and was happy that the publisher gave me the opportunity to read it.
This book was the perfect christian chick-lit read! Being easy to read, I immediately got drawn into the story line and loveable characters. Daisy who is such a endearing girl, has a stranger come into her flower shop one day and purchase flowers "for an old friend". Later, these flowers are found by her fathers grave and the story line follows Daisy finding out what this womens relationship with her father was. Her friend Jack is a great support to her throughout all of this and the other main story line is his love for Daisy and how he tries to express it. Really enjoyed this clean romance story, if you are a lover of christian romance fiction then I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own
On Magnolia Lane is the sweet ending to a great series. Fans of Denise Hunter (like me!) have been awaiting Daisy’s and Jack’s story for many months now, and Ms. Hunter did not disappoint. These characters are virtuous and endearing, yet realistically flawed. Their love story is steadily paced, intricately weaved throughout a gripping plot, which plays against a unforgettable setting. What I loved most about this book was how the author portrays our fleshly mistakes, the grace that’s able to forgive them, and how, no matter where we’re at in God’s will, we’re simply beautiful messes. I give this book five stars.
I loved being back with the friendly people who populate of this small town. This book focuses on Pastor jack and Daisy. Jack has had feeling for Daisy for a couple of years but is so shy that he can't even ask her for a date. When his male friends encourage him to set up an account on a dating site and click on Daisy's page, this begins a deception that Pastor Jack feels is against his moral beliefs. Thus follows a "You've Got Mail" story that winds its way through a turmoil of troubles and a gamut of emotions. Hunter once again pens an enjoyable contemporary romance full of sweetness, realistic characters dealing with everyday life, and clean romance. If this is the end of the Blue Ridge series, I am going to miss these delightful characters and the small town flavor. ** received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
From the very first page, I fell for Pastor Jack. I love that Hunter made sure to emphasize that, while he is the spiritual leader of his church, he's also a man. He's developed feelings for a friend but unfortunately she seems oblivious, which is very frustrating for him. And in a moment of weakness he connects to her through a dating site ... while hiding his identity. You know it isn't going to end well, yet you easily understand how he found himself caught up in the deception. It lets you seen the more human side of him right along with Daisy. Daisy is a sweet and caring person but she is a little stuck on how some things from her past affect how she feels about herself. And she's definitely a little clueless when it comes to Jack :) She has a habit of putting people up on a pedestal and unfortunately that's what she's done to him. But life tends to knock them down and things are quickly going to get complicated for her. When the dust settles, she's definitely done some growing up and has a few things to come to terms with, including her feelings for Jack. Packed full of emotions, On Magnolia Lane wonderfully explores the idea of identity and perception, secrets and forgiveness. All while delivering a tender love story that, more than once, made me give a little happy sigh. **Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.**
On Magnolia Lane By Denise Hunter Daisy is determined to find “the one.” She is tired of blind dates and setups but she decides to take one last chance for love using the Flutter app. Meanwhile, her pastor who has been smitten with Daisy lets it slip that he likes Daisy to their mutual friends. As an act of encouragement for shy Pastor Jack, his friends surprise him by making him a Flutter profile. There is much fun in this quirky book that made it easy to read. It is very Hallmark like to me, however, making most of the book expected. I still enjoyed the read and would recommend it to friends.
On Magnolia Lane A Blue Ridge #3 By Denise Hunter Pastor Jack McReady has feelings for Daisy Pendleton but he knows she sees him only as her pastor. And then there is the difference in their ages nearly ten years - which Jack feels might be a problem in Daisy's eyes. When his best friends get together to help him out Jack finds himself with a profile on a dating app - he can't imagine what his congregation will have to say about that! Or worse all the single women might think he is looking for a pastor's wife. Fortunately, it is under the name TJ rather than Jack but when the nudge that his friends gave Daisy is replied to Jack is worried that Daisy will be hurt if he doesn't respond. Getting to know Daisy outside of his professional life becomes the highlight of his week but what will happen when Daisy finds out that Pastor Jack is also TJ. Will the trust and new found friendship that they are developing be destroyed forever? Daisy is all for helping anyone she can but accepting thanks or gratitude is just not something she's comfortable with. And the issues she's allowed to lower her estimate of herself over the years well they just prove that she's not the type of person someone like Jack (or any guy with a degree for that matter) should be stuck with. The guy she met online - TJ - he's safe, basically a stranger, someone she can share things with, things that might lower her friends' estimate of her. When Jack asks for Daisy's in organizing a massive fundraiser for the local girls home - he knows that she'll be able to pull it off. But when Daisy learns of a secret that if true could destroy all that she knew, she knows of only one person to whom she can go to with her grief. Will it be Jack? Or will it be TJ? On Magnolia Lane is if not the best book in this series at least tied for the honor. I really like Jack's character and the personal struggle he faces when it comes to Daisy and his alternate identity of TJ. Daisy's fears and insecurities are understandable as cruel words have a way of sticking around and reminding one of their stings at the most inconvenient times. All too often one judges one's own achievements or lack of achievements against those of others, which is just wrong as each person is unique in their own skills and abilities. Like life, this book has moments that run the full spectrum of emotion that most can relate to. This would make for an interesting book club selection and I would love to hear all the different takes on the various situations that arose throughout the book. For those unfamiliar with the Blue Ridge series, you don't have to read the other books before enjoying this one, as each is complete in and of itself. Fans of contemporary romance fiction will want to curl up in a warm corner with a cup of tea and invest an evening or two in this one. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through TLC Book Tours with no expectations except that I offer my honest opinion ~ all thoughts expressed are my own.
3 1/2 stars. We've known that Pastor Jack has a crush on Daisy and I was glad to see their story take place. Unfortunately, it felt a bit one-sided, with the reader knowing more of Jack's feelings than Daisy's. Daisy has a lot going on in her life, and Jack is always there to counsel her and support her, but she doesn't see him as a friend until closer to the end. Not my favorite but still a good read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Picking up a Denise Hunter novel is always a delight and On Magnolia Lane is no exception. As part of the blue ridge romance series, we see favourites from the previous novels whilst focusing on Jack and Daisy. The romance between them is the driving force keeping the pages turning swiftly but, understanding others without preconception and judgement as well as forgiveness of others and oneself gives the story it’s interest and humanity. Living out Christianity is a part of each character and a highlight of the book for me. I thoroughly enjoy my escape to this beautiful town and these lovely people, it’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale! I highly recommend it!
This is a sweet and tender story of two people, a pastor and his parishioner who are also friends. Pastor Jack has cared for Daisy for two years. She respects Jack but sees him as her pastor and counselor. They are part of group of friends in Copper Creek, Georgia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Daisy, her mom and grandmother own a florist named Oopsy Daisy and Daisy is also very active in the community, helping out different charities. All of their friends know that Jack cares for Daisy and that they are perfect for each other-everyone but the two of them. Jack thinks he is too old for her-almost a decade older and Jack is her pastor, not someone that she could see herself dating. She is not minister wife material. When Daisy joins a online dating site, Jack is afraid that she will find someone. The guys in the group of friends sign him up for the site without letting him know. They even send a note to her from TJ, Thomas Jackson aka Jack. Using vague snapshots for his profile, Daisy never realized it was Jack. Intending to delete his profile when he finds out what they did, Jack was drawn in to her sweet response to TJ's note. The two get to be friends online as the two get closer to each other in person. What will happen when it gets to a point where Daisy wants to meet TJ? Will he let the ruse keep on? On Magnolia Lane is a great addition to the Blue Ridge Romance series and one that I have anticipated. The ride is bumpy with other side issues going on for Daisy but a sweet story. I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.
Good, interesting, relaxing Denise Hunter is an international best-selling and award-winning author with more than 30 books. In "On Magnolia Lane" the reader encounters Daisy, the content owner of a flower shop who struggles with dyslexia, and Jack, pastor of Daisy's church. They have been good friends for a long time. Daisy knows that she can come to Jack with the challenges of her life, e.g., when a strange woman shows up in town. She has a really big heart to help others as much as possible and be their friend. Jack likes to turn their friendship into a more serious relationship than just being Daisy's counselor but he has problems to accomplish this. Will the "help" of his friends, setting him up as "TJ" on a dating site be a help or an hindrance to deepen his relationship? When I started to read the book I was actually not aware that it is the third volume in the "Blue Ridge Romance Series". Nevertheless, the book can be also read as a stand-alone. One does not have to read the first two books in order to enjoy the characters and to understand the story. For this reason and because I appreciated the book I highly recommend it to readers who look for an enjoyable romance for relaxation. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #OnMagnoliaLane #NetGalley
Third and final book in the Blue Ridge romance series. It was nice to visit with the couples from the previous books as well as be introduced to some new ones. At no time did I feel overwhelmed by reliving the old books or introductory information. I loved that this story wasn't done before in the series. Yes there were some similarities but the themes and the flow is unique to this book. The characters are well developed and realistic. They journey through the story in such a way that you can see the growth and change so that the outcomes aren't surprising at the end. I loved that even though this is a work of fiction I can learn real lessons along with the characters. I look forward the next series. Denise Hunter is a truly gifted writer. I received this book free from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for my honest opinion
More on www.amysbooketlist.blogspot.com Reading this book inspired another post that will be coming soon about how I review books. To summarize, I like to compare books within the same genre rather than putting different types of books up against one another. I have lots of reasons for this, but it’s basically about fairness. Although I love books, I don’t love all books the same. I can enjoy a Sci-fi book, but I’m not going to like it initially as well as, say, historical fiction. For that reason, I try not to compare books from different genres. On Magnolia Lane is the perfect example of why I rate books the way I do. This book is an easy and solid 4.5/5. Some of my favorite Christian fiction, by Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury, are 5/5 for me, because of an intangible feeling I get from reading them. Hunter comes ridiculously close to that feeling while having her own voice and story. You can definitely read this as a stand-alone novel, as all of the necessary information was provided for the story. Occasionally, I got the vague sense that there was more some of the characters than I was seeing. Which is just one of the reasons I love participating in review tours. I read a book that I might not have otherwise, only to discover a whole series that I NEED to read. I really loved the characters and the heart in this book. The romance was enjoyable and real. Even in a plot that might seem unrealistic, Denise Hunter shows just how easily a person can stumble into a mistake. This truth is more real and accurately displayed than most nonfiction books. I cannot wait to read the first two books and then reread this one!!!
I was dying to read this book. If you have read any of the other books in the Blue Ridge series, I know you are right there with me. I couldn’t wait to hear Jack’s story, and learn more about Daisy too. Hunter has a way of causing me to be emotionally invested right along with the characters. I love every minute of it. On Magnolia Lane drew me in from page one and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I was taken by surprise on several occasions, and had no way of guessing what was coming. It was unique seeing things from a pastors eyes, and seeing his imperfections as well. I think we can all make the mistake of putting someone on a pedestal, and it isn’t good for anyone. Unrealistic expectations only cause hurt. Luckily that’s where grace and forgiveness can come in. Daisy and Jack are far from perfect, but that only makes their relationship that much better. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction. This book would be a great stand alone. That being said I also enjoyed the entire series, and am sure you will too. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter is the third book in the Blue Ridge Romance series, published by Thomas Nelson. This third installment in the series follows the story of Pastor Jack and Daisy Pendleton, owner of a local flower shop. We’ve been introduced to both of them throughout the first two novels in this series, but if you haven’t read them, this still works as a stand alone. Honestly, I think the second book in this series has been the best one so far–closely followed by the first. This third addition was slow-moving and not my favorite plot-wise. The characters were sweet but their insecurities were glaring and I just wanted them to hurry up and be confident in themselves already–but I suppose that’s an imitation of real life. This has a sort of “You’ve Got Mail” vibe to it, which meant there was some deception included when one character knew the identity of the other but continued on with the online conversations charade, but it all worked itself out. Anyway, this is a sweet read but not my favorite by Denise Hunter. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
This is third book in the Blue Ridge series. On Magnolia Lane provides the reader with another glimpse of characters from this community. This book focuses on Daisy and Pastor Jack. The book begins with Daisy discovering a revelation of something that occurred in her family that she didn’t know. Pastor Jack has liked Daisy for the longest, but is extremely shy. Will they be able to work through their feelings? Ms. Hunter’s books are refreshing and seem real. She addresses several different situations. I really enjoyed reading this book and had been looking forward to it! Ms. Hunter writes extremely believable, romantic tales! This book also provides glimpses of the characters from the previous books. I highly recommend this book and the other books in the series! You will not be disappointed in the book! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.
Pastor Jack McReady is an excellent male protagonist who is insecure around women. The leading female is Daisy Pendleton, a giving person, who has dyslexia and doesn’t feel qualified to be a pastor’s wife although she admires Pastor Jack and thinks he is attractive! The road to romance is very rocky for Daisy and Pastor Jack. Daisy suffers several disappointments in people and learns to forgive and give grace to others. Denise has written another winner with On Magnolia Lane. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.