Hunter’s latest is stuffed to the edges with beautiful, realistic, and emotional moments.
Blue Ridge Romance series
by Denise Hunter
Paperback: 336 Pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 6, 2018)
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.
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.
(Part of a series but can easily stand alone.)
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including “The Convenient Groom” and “A December Bride” which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.
Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.
In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!
When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.
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