On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter finishes her Blue Ridge Romance series, focusing on residents in Copper Creek, Georgia.
I love the first line to the book, “Jack McReady had fallen in love with Daisy in one-hour increments.”
Jack, a pastor, and Daisy Pendleton, co-owner of Oopsy Daisy flower shop, have known each other for years. Nevertheless, even though Jack has feelings for Daisy, she does not appear to return them.
Overall, I enjoyed On Magnolia Lane. It was fun catching up with characters from the other books in the series. Also, there is a bit of mystery, and there are several surprises intertwined amidst the main story.
But.. (pesky word that, huh?)
The TORTURE of getting to Jack and Daisy’s romance was sometimes too much. Around 16 to 17 chapters elapsed before Daisy even thought about Jack as a possible love interest, and another four chapters or so before it even looked like romance could be a possibility. In addition, some of Jack’s storyline, primarily because he’s a pastor, seemed less than truthful or pastor-like.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy Denise Hunter’s books. She handles true-to-life situations, focuses on forgiveness and has a constant thread of Biblical principles and beliefs interwoven throughout the narrative-all done in such a way as to make for pleasant reading.
On Magnolia Lane can be read as a stand-alone book but is more relatable reading the series in order.
I received this book from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
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.