On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter was a tender conclusion to her Blue Ridge Romance series.
About the story:
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.
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 adore Daisy Pendleton. In fact, I’m gonna go as far as saying that she’s my favorite Denise Hunter heroine to date. Daisy’s always-do-what’s-right attitude coupled with her sweet nature earned my highest respect. But even more, she struggles with the dyslexia which affects her self-perception. Experiencing how she faces her inner demons while battling the external conflicts which arise in her family is poignant and heart-strengthening.
Of course there’s a tender romance BUT what stood out to me in this book more than any other of Ms. Hunter’s novels is the running theme of relationships. Throughout the story, Daisy encounters situation after situation regarding relationships with everyone she’s close to (And even some she’s NOT close to—when you read the story, you’ll know exactly whom I’m referring to. ;)) She’s met with pivotal decisions that alters her perception of past relationships and affects the status of current ones. On top of all this, she’s juggling a could-be romance with an online admirer while also becoming aware of her growing feelings for her pastor, Jack McReady.
Ms. Hunter tackles several difficult subjects in this novel with such a grace-infused delicacy that it leaves the reader’s heart uplifted and refreshed. This author also excels in creating characters that are relatable as well as unforgettable. This story will appeal to many readers especially those who adore the movie You’ve Got Mail and the classic Shop Around the Corner.
* I received a copy of this story by the author. All opinions are my own.
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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.