On Magnolia Lane

On Magnolia Lane

by Denise Hunter

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ISBN-13: 9780718090548
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Series: Blue Ridge Romance Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 30,604
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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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On Magnolia Lane 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
RomanticReadsandSuch 1 days ago
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.**
Anonymous 2 days ago
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.
Blooming-with-Books 2 days ago
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.
CindyFW 3 days ago
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.
Anonymous 4 days ago
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!
ganderson523 5 days ago
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.
lelesurfer 6 days ago
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
NikkiChris 6 days ago
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
Cutiefulpink 7 days ago
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!!!
Jaquelyn 8 days ago
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.
swimreadbreathe4JC 8 days ago
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.*
Abold24 8 days ago
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.
CarolJo 8 days ago
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.
Utemom5 8 days ago
As beautiful as the cover, this story brings together two people who share a love of God & community. This desire to serve others is not something that every person has. We’ve met both of these characters previously in this series from Denise Hunter, set in Georgia. They are the final 2 in a group of longtime friends. Jack, is the Pastor of Daisy’s church, and someone she has looked up to and considered a good friend for many years. However, she has never seen him as anything more than that. He has been harboring a love for her the last 2 years. Being the shy and reserved individual he is, he has never shown any of that to her. Fearful of loosing her respect and friendship he’d rather endure the status quo of watching her dancing and entertaining the attentions of other admirers. As this story began I thought to myself, just how is Denise going to bring these two together?! What follows was a story so sweet & tender, unhurried in its pace, that mirrors the personalities of both Jack & Daisy. With a few surprises in store that will turn Daisy’s world on its end, she may find that what she usually needed from Jack, may have just stepped up a level. My heart flip flopped in all the right moments. Completely loved this story. Thanks to Thomas Nelson & Netgalley for the complimentary eARC. This is my honest review.
Terri_C 8 days ago
I've been wanting to read a Denise Hunter book for a while now. I didn't realize that her books are faith based or Christian romance. It didn't bother me, I just wasn't expecting it. When Pastor Jack was introduced as one of the main characters, I was just a little surprised. Pastor Jack's relationship with Daisy was also a surprise to me. He was in love with her, but she had no idea. They even spent quite a bit of time alone as her counseled her. The saving grace for me was that her friends and his all knew, otherwise I would have found it hard to buy. Their coming together was sort of reminiscent of the movie You've Got Mail--the friendship that they established in person, the betrayal of him as someone else on the internet and her slow realization that he was actually the one she loved. Since that is one of my favorite movies, I loved it! This book had a lot to do with being brave and going after what you want. It also had a lot to do with grace and forgiveness. It's a lesson we all could use. On Magnolia Lane is a good, sweet, clean,faith based novel. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. All thoughts are my own.
GailHollingsworth 8 days ago
A very interesting story that includes a florist, a pastor, an internet connection and secrets that have been hidden for years. Unknown to Daisy, the florist, Pastor Jack has held a torch for her for two years or longer. Through counseling sessions, church services and friendly get togethers at the local hangout, The Rusty Nail, he has kept his secret. A friend seeing the potential for the two of them, sets the pastor up with a profile on a dating site that Daisy is already on. Daisy begins a correspondence not knowing she is learning about her shy pastor. A disaster waiting to happen? Daisy has always kept her deceased father on a pedestal and looked up to her mother. A family secret kept for many years has burst her bubble and draws a wedge between her and her mom. A local girl's home is hit by a tornado and damages part of it. Daisy takes on a project to raise money for repairs. With her world slowly crumbling around her how can she take on anything more? This story takes you on a journey to learn of God's forgiveness as well as our forgiveness to others. This story has enough going on that it is nowhere near a boring read. I highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
Darlene491 8 days ago
You may know Denise Hunter from her 30 published books or the two Hallmark movies based on her work. I'd seen the two movies but this is my first taste of her writing. I really liked this story. I appreciate a character that's not afraid or apologetic about having faith, praying or attending church. The subject is a necessary part of the storyline and it's handled nicely. Our hero is Jack McReady. He's in his mid-thirties, a little shy, apparently looks like an Armani ad model and oh yes, he's a pastor in Copper Creak, Georgia. For the past few years he's been fighting, and hiding, his attraction to a pretty parishioner. While there's no set rule, he still wonders how his being involved with a member of his congregation would be taken. He's not even sure she's attracted to him, the man, or only thinks of him as her pastor. It's becoming more difficult to keep his feelings to himself. Our heroine is Daisy Pendleton. Co-owner of Oopsy Daisy, a flower shop (what else). She's in her mid-twenties, blond hair, a heart of gold and rotten luck with her love life. She has no idea her pastor has romantic feelings for her. She's signed up with an on-line dating app, it's not going well. When Jack finds out about the dating app he's convinced he must act now, before some other man swoops in and steals her heart. We're treated to lots of angst, guilt, longing looks, dating profiles, rock climbing (not kidding), idols knocked off pedestals, and siblings popping up. It's a fun journey. Gram delivers a line that touched me. "Sometimes you just have to extend a little grace to people." Isn't that a wonderful motto to add to our lives? These days grace seems to be in short supply. As this is a romance book there is a happy ending. We'd be disappointed if there wasn't. Receiving a free book ARC is a true privilege and one I certainly enjoy. Being able to share my opinion is a pleasure. Both are free and without obligation. Happy reading.
PreppyBookQueen 8 days ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Denise Hunter ends her Blue Ridge Romance trilogy with Pastor Jack and Daisy's story in On Magnolia Lane, and in my opinion it's the best yet. She's a master storyteller in the way her small town's come to feel like real places, her character's come to feel like old friends, and her writing keeps you entranced in the story from start to finish. Pastor Jack has been falling in love with Daisy for a long time, but he doesn't feel he's in any right place to do anything about it. He's quite a bit older than her, she's a member of his congregation, and he doesn't feel it would be respectful for him to try to pursue her. Daisy has never thought of Jack romantically, but he's always one of the first people she turns to in a crisis. All of a sudden she starts to realize that her feelings towards him may not be entirely platonic, and she doesn't feel she's in the position to ever be a proper minister's wife. Plus, she has to admit that she's also carrying feelings for the man she's recently been talking to on a new dating site. With lots of odds stacked against them, Jack and Daisy's relationship is definitely not off to a great start, but only through following God's plans and purposes for their lives will they truly discover what they never could have expected. While I really enjoyed the last installment in this series, this was definitely the one that I've been silently waiting for. On Magnolia Lane is right up there with some of Denise Hunter's best novels of all time, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Pastor Jack is one of the most humble, down to earth protagonists I've ever seen in a contemporary novel before, and I adored him on the spot. It was refreshing to see how he was determined to not act upon his feelings, as he didn't want Daisy to ever feel pressured or uncomfortable. In the process, the reader gets a beautiful love story that starts out as a strong friendship and builds from there, and while that's definitely one of my favorite type of love story tropes, this one went even further and gave me all the warm fuzzies. In my review of the first novel of this series, I'd mentioned that I wasn't happy with the lack of faith content in my opinion, and I'm so happy to say that isn't the case with this one. Jack and Daisy both strongly rely on their faith, especially in the midst of obstacles, family secrets, and community troubles that are thrown their way, and they both insist on serving the Lord in whatever means they are humbly able to. I can't possibly recommend this one enough, and I think that everyone who picks it up is going to fall head over heels for Jack and Daisy. Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Thanks so much to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to advance read this!
Andrea Byers 9 days ago
This story focuses on Jack and Daisy, whom he’s loved for a long time. Daisy doesn’t seem to know he exists, aside from being Pastor Jack. Jack’s friend decides to help him out a bit. Daisy is hit with a lot of things at once and trying to keep things together on top of a very busy schedule. I enjoyed getting to know them, and seeing some of our old favorites. Many plot lines keep this story moving and make it hard to put down. A great addition to this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
sandralb 9 days ago
On Magnolia Lane, is the third and final novel to the Blue Ridge Romance Series. This is the perfect ending to this series. Denise Hunter has saved her best for last. During the two prior books, I kept pulling for Pastor Jack McReady. Out of the group of friends, it seemed like everyone else was pairing up, becoming couples and getting married except for him. Jack has had a secret crush on Daisy Pendleton for two long years. As in any small town, the crush does not stay a secret, at least from his best friend Noah. Noah is relentless at trying to get Jack to act before it is too late. Jack feels he has so many reasons not to ask Daisy out. Besides his extreme shyness with women, Daisy is part of his congregation. He is worried about their 10 year age difference. He just knows someone like Daisy, who is so kind and beautiful, would not be interested in him. One of my all time favorite movies is You Got Mail. Without giving the plot away, there are parts of this book that remind so much of that movie. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalleys. The opinions expressed in this book are my own.
candicervaldez 9 days ago
Sometimes I love Denise Hunter's books, and sometimes they are just so so for me. This one was just so so. I enjoyed the setting, but felt like the main characters were a little oblivious at times. The story seemed to drag on at the beginning but picked up later in the book. The issues that the heroine encountered with her not being "good enough" really resonated with me and I enjoyed seeing how she overcame that. I did not feel much chemistry between the main characters until the very end. Thanks NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
candicervaldez 9 days ago
Sometimes I love Denise Hunter's books, and sometimes they are just so so for me. This one was just so so. I enjoyed the setting, but felt like the main characters were a little oblivious at times. The story seemed to drag on at the beginning but picked up later in the book. The issues that the heroine encountered with her not being "good enough" really resonated with me and I enjoyed seeing how she overcame that. I did not feel much chemistry between the main characters until the very end. Thanks NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 9 days ago
'Sometimes you just have to extend a little grace to people. Not because they deserve it...but because we don't deserve it either.' Denise Hunter visits her Blue Ridge Romance series again with this third offering and, in my opinion, the best yet. Pastor Jack McReady has been in love with Daisy for a while now, but she's a member of his congregation and he feels that he doesn't deserve her. He's counseled her numerous times but still feels guilty about falling for a parishioner. His friend Noah finds out that Daisy has joined an online dating service and secretly creates a profile for Jack, using his first name so he will remain anonymous. Daisy runs a small flower shop and is happy with her life. She does want to have a family one day, but feels unworthy of that because of a learning disability. But she finds a friend in 'TJ', the unknown friend on the dating site. She continues to be friends with her pastor, too. Then she is hit broadside with a long buried family secret and turns to Jack for help in his role as her pastor. She is also involved in a huge community project. Then, as they tend to do, secrets become unburied. Will these two allow God to plan their future instead of them knowing how it should go? I loved this story so much. Pastor Jack was one of the most humble men I've ever known and Daisy is just precious in her personality. The premise here was so much fun to read. I loved it from the first line. "Jack McReady had fallen in love with Daisy in one-hour increments." It only gets better from here. I read this in one day, couldn't stop reading! Denise Hunter at her best. Recommended. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 9 days ago
'Sometimes you just have to extend a little grace to people. Not because they deserve it...but because we don't deserve it either.' Denise Hunter visits her Blue Ridge Romance series again with this third offering and, in my opinion, the best yet. Pastor Jack McReady has been in love with Daisy for a while now, but she's a member of his congregation and he feels that he doesn't deserve her. He's counseled her numerous times but still feels guilty about falling for a parishioner. His friend Noah finds out that Daisy has joined an online dating service and secretly creates a profile for Jack, using his first name so he will remain anonymous. Daisy runs a small flower shop and is happy with her life. She does want to have a family one day, but feels unworthy of that because of a learning disability. But she finds a friend in 'TJ', the unknown friend on the dating site. She continues to be friends with her pastor, too. Then she is hit broadside with a long buried family secret and turns to Jack for help in his role as her pastor. She is also involved in a huge community project. Then, as they tend to do, secrets become unburied. Will these two allow God to plan their future instead of them knowing how it should go? I loved this story so much. Pastor Jack was one of the most humble men I've ever known and Daisy is just precious in her personality. The premise here was so much fun to read. I loved it from the first line. "Jack McReady had fallen in love with Daisy in one-hour increments." It only gets better from here. I read this in one day, couldn't stop reading! Denise Hunter at her best. Recommended. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
WildflowerMom 9 days ago
A heartwarming contemporary romance in a cozy small town setting! This delightful story starts out with a fun rom-com feel, then hits on some deep issues. The third book in the Blue Ridge series, this easily reads as a standalone. "Unrequited love was awful. No wonder there were so many country songs about it." I was quickly smitten with Pastor Jack and felt for him in his crush on the cheerful Daisy, owner of a flower shop. What a cute pair they made when it all played out, but man, they had some big ruts in the road to get there. They're both so nice, yet very real in their struggles of singleness and living out their faith. Deep issues are raised surrounding Daisy's parents, plus the dilemma Jack finds himself in. Putting people on a pedestal is a set up for a lot of hurt sometimes. It created a perfect way to show the need for grace and forgiveness, for ourselves and others. Another important issue involved learning disabilities, and how childhood problems can carry over a negative influence into adulthood. Highly recommend for fans of contemporary Christian romances. A solid five star read! (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)