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November 2, 2018

On Magnolia Lane {Denise Hunter}

on magnolia lane denise hunter
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.

My Thoughts:
I don't think I can resist a love story from Denise Hunter. The way she brings to live characters I always fall in love with brings them together in ways I would never have imagined, and then makes them a part of your life to the point you can't forget them. This book followed that plan perfectly and I am so happy about it.

We have met Pastor Jack in earlier books in this series, and I just love Daisy. I could not wait for them to fall in love. But, of course, it is never that easy! I thought the way Jack "chased" after Daisy was so typical for a timid guy, but I really wanted to shake him and tell him how badly he was messing everything up. I could not put this book down until I knew if he was going to fix the ways he had messed this up.

When Julia entered the town, I knew immediately she was going to be a twist to make Daisy's life not as perfect as we all thought it was. I thought it was a clever way to use the characters to show just how much God can do in showing us how to forgive and move on.  I loved the relationship Daily and Julia created, and the way Daisy's mom finally came around in then.

This has been such a fun series and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet small-town romance.

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