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.
On Magnolia Lane was a really super cute read for me especially in the romance department. I enjoyed the technological bloom of romance that happened between Daisy and Pastor Jack. Jack, or Pastor Jack as Daisy called him for so long, is indeed a pastor but he is also a man who would like to have a wife to share his life with. He has actually been in love with Daisy for two years and she has no clue because he hid it so well. Jack was very sweet if not a bit too timid with his wanting a relationship with Daisy. And Daisy was a woman who wanted to move on with her love life as all her friends were married and in love, she wanted that too. So when Daisy starts dating with the help of a dating site, Jack finally gets a sense of how serious she is to settle down.
After a bit of “help” from his friends, Jack now has a profile by the name of TJ on the dating app as well. At first he resents this but then he sees this as a way to let his guard down and let Daisy get to know him as man instead of a pastor. However, everything seems to be working too well and Daisy is actually beginning to fall for TJ. In the meantime with his new boldness, Jack is pursing Daisy in real life as well.
Even though Jack was shy and had trouble expressing his feelings to Daisy, the doggedness of his pursuit to woo her and make her his was endearing and swoony at the same time. As Daisy begins to see Jack less as a pastor and more as a friend, she becomes less immune to his hidden charms. Daisy does not think she is good enough for a pastor and she is certainly confused about her feelings for both men.
While this is a lighthearted, feel good romance, Daisy has found out some devastating news. She naturally turns to Jack to help work through her emotions and for spiritual help which only brings them closer. I found this to be a charming romance and story that delves deeper into matters of forgiveness and grace and letting go.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.