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On Magnolia Lane

(Blue Ridge #3)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  1,419 ratings  ·  304 reviews

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 exposin

Paperback, 311 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Thomas Nelson (first published November 2018)
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Deanne Patterson
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Blue Ridge series and this is Jack and Daisy's story. Jack is a pastor and has no problem speaking in front of a crowd or counseling one on one. Asking a woman on a date he has admired for several years, not so easy. He is literally tongue tied. When his friends encourage him to join a dating site he reluctantly does so and when he sees Daisy is on there he takes a chance . He wants her to see him as a man not a pastor up on a pedestal. I can understand why he did i ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun romance, sweet love story and a really thoughtful message! I loved it!
Karen R
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A heartwarming contemporary romance in a cozy small town setting! This delightful story starts out with a fun rom-com feel, then hits on some deep issues. The third book in the Blue Ridge series, this easily reads as a standalone.

"Unrequited love was awful. No wonder there were so many country songs about it."
I was quickly smitten with Pastor Jack and felt for him in his crush on the cheerful Daisy, owner of a flower shop. What a cute pair they made when it all played out, but man, they had so
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Oh boy, I loved Pastor Jack. And Daisy was the perfect fit for pastor.
I loved the sister twist, I loved the forgiveness and the way everything turned out. Did I say I LOVED the whole story and the whole Blue Ridge Romance series.
All I can say is I LOVED this book and I gave it 5 stars and I can't recommend it enough.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great final book in the Blue Ridge Romance series! On Magnolia Lane can easily be read as a stand alone novel if you have not read the previous books. If you have read them, you will have gotten some hints of Pastor Jack McReady’s interest in Daisy Pendleton. An interest that Daisy is completely unaware of!

On Magnolia Lane is Daisy and Jack’s story, packed with plenty of sigh-worthy moments, along with some concerning discoveries relating to Daisy’s family history, and a warning about put
The Lit Bitch
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Lately I have had good luck with reading new to me authors so when this book came up for review, I thought, why not? Plus I really liked the cover

I briefly read the summary and felt like it would be some nice light reading going into the holidays. I had a good chunk of time to read over the Thanksgiving break so I was eager to jump in and read this contemporary romance.

So one of the first things that I was a little worried about with this book was that Jack had been Daisy’s counselor.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really sweet novel. It reads like a film. And I heartily recommend it.
Jack is in love with Daisy but he is her pastor and counsellor so that creates all sorts of problems for him. His friends rope him into an online dating site to court her and before you know it the situation is worse than when he began.
Daisy herself has to deal with secrets about her family that she has uncovered.
They both have to learn forgiveness and accept the imperfections we all posess.
4.5 stars.

I received a co
Cara Putman
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A long time fan of Denise Hunter, I was so excited to read this one. I loved the other books in this incredibly written series, and getting to read Pastor Jack's story (which I love his character, namely because my own church's pastor is Pastor Jack!) and finding out more about him and Daisy. 

Once again, in trademark Hunter fashion, she blends laughter, romance, faith, grace and hope into a captivating, fun read. Her characters quickly become friends and make you feel right at home in the heart
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

On Magnolia Lane is utterly delightful. A story about grace and forgiveness in the face of betrayal, of falling in love even if it’s a little unexpected, and of community coming together to support and protect, On Magnolia Lane is so very easy to savour and enjoy.

Daisy Pendleton doesn’t mind being single, but she’d really rather like to find a wonderful guy who can love her and she him. That’s why she has joined a dating site and suffers through blind date setups. Jack McReady has been
Suzie Waltner
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Denise Hunter consistently writes swoon-worthy heroes who are human. While readers were introduced to Jack McReady in the first to books of the Blue Ridge Sunrise series, this rock-climbing pastor gets the spotlight in On Magnolia Lane.

I love that Pastor Jack is a listener and that he’s held a torch for a certain florist for a couple years. Hunter explores the difficulties (and challenges) of a single man in a ministry role well. I think there’s a reason God pairs most pastors up while
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As beautiful as the cover, this story brings together two people who share a love of God & community. This desire to serve others is not something that every person has. We’ve met both of these characters previously in this series from Denise Hunter, set in Georgia. They are the final 2 in a group of longtime friends. Jack, is the Pastor of Daisy’s church, and someone she has looked up to and considered a good friend for many years. However, she has never seen him as anything more than that. He ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
On Magnolia Lane was different from most books I've read, as the MC was a pastor. I found myself not really liking him in the beginning, because I felt like some of his actions were a bit deceptive, but in the end I actually liked him and the romance.

I really enjoyed the subplot of Daisy and the new person in town. Surprising revelations were revealed and that definitely made me eager to read more to see how everything turned out.

All in all, On Magnolia Lane was a very good third book in this s
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My FAVORITE movie is "You've Got Mail" so you can imagine that this book would be perfection to me! Denise Hunter always weaves a beautiful romance and her books can never come out quick enough for my liking.

SO many feels...

Sarah Monzon
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the best opening lines I’ve read in awhile. You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies, so of course I thought this book was sweet.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

I’ve enjoyed the other books in the Blue Ridge Romance series and On Magnolia Lane just might be my favorite of the series.

I found both the lead characters, Daisy and Jack, to be likable. Sometimes I struggle with the likability factor of this author’s female leads, but I really liked Daisy here. She was kind and I felt like all of her reactions to some of the bad things she found out about were reasonable. I really like
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Sometimes you just have to extend a little grace to people. Not because they deserve it...but because we don't deserve it either.'

Denise Hunter visits her Blue Ridge Romance series again with this third offering and, in my opinion, the best yet.

Pastor Jack McReady has been in love with Daisy for a while now, but she's a member of his congregation and he feels that he doesn't deserve her. He's counseled her numerous times but still feels guilty about falling for a parishioner. His friend Noah fi
Fiction Aficionado
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Romances that involve an element of deception between the main characters always make me a little anxious, but in spite of my deception-related anxiety, I quite enjoyed this story. Jack was an endearing hero—confident in his role as pastor yet tentative and unsure of himself when it came to his friendship with Daisy. It was also refreshing to have a heroine who showed no signs of attraction to the hero for the first part of the story. (Not even those annoying little clichéd ‘clues’ that are so o ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I love this Blue Ridge series. The place and the people are all becoming so familiar to me and this book felt a bit like coming home. While part of a series, each book can stand alone.

Poor Jack. You can't help but feel for the guy who has loved Daisy from a distance for so long. Being her pastor makes that line between confidant and potential boyfriend seem bigger than it needs to be but Jack sure has a tough time crossing it. Instead he dreams of what could be while Daisy is left clueless. No w
May 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Can't say I loved this but I liked it. It appears that this series in general for me was a hit or a big miss. ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be an unexpectedly lighthearted read from Denise Hunter even though she tackles some heavy issues. Still -- it comes across (to me anyway) as a romantic comedy. I listened to the audible version and I was constantly laughing out loud. Would-be-suitor Pastor Jack is just so...awkward....and the pep talks he gives himself! I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time!

And then there's Daisy, so clueless. She has Jack boxed in as 'Pastor' and since she totally isn't pastor wife materia
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story line was so different from others by this author, yet it kept the reader engaged. It developed the characters well and uniquely described the difficulties faced by each of them.
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
This review is going to gush a little bit over Denise Hunter’s latest book.

I love reading a well-written, clean, sweet, heart-warming, faith-based romance. I absolutely adored Jack and Daisy. I keep wanting to use the word “sweet” here over and over, but it’s true. They are a such a sweet, charming, loveable couple. Their story has several twists and turns on their way to happily-ever-after, but oh, that last scene when their dreams come true! I’ve read many of Denise Hunter’s books, and I’ve lo
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ON MAGNOLIA LANE is, I think, the best book in this series. I absolutely fell in love with Pastor Jack and Daisy though I could see the black moment coming from the beginning. I love the unexpected twists with the stranger in the florist and the spiritual theme was very powerfully done.

More conservative readers might be bothered by soft swear words and dancing to country music. There is also the mention of alcohol, but no drinking by main characters.

I greatly enjoyed this book, and love the co
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved being back with the friendly people who populate of this small town. This book focuses on Pastor jack and Daisy. Jack has had feeling for Daisy for a couple of years but is so shy that he can't even ask her for a date. When his male friends encourage him to set up an account on a dating site and click on Daisy's page, this begins a deception that Pastor Jack feels is against his moral beliefs. Thus follows a "You've Got Mail" story that winds its way through a turmoil of troubles and a g ...more
Irene S
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful heartwarming romance. Jack has been in love with Daisy for over two years, but Daisy sees him only as her pastor and confidant. Daisy is tired of blind dates and meeting men through Flutter. When Jack's friends create a Flutter account under his initials, Jack sees a way for Daisy to know him online as a man. I receive a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgallery. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. I love this book. This is the first book that I ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On Magnolia Lane is a great addition to the Blue Ridge Romance series. As is always the case with this author the book is extremely well written. Great plot and well developed believable characters. I highly recommend this book.i received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always look forward to a Denise Hunter book. This was even better than I anticipated. I love all the characters in this series especially Daisy and Jack. I was absorbed in their story and loved every minute of it. I confess I was examining all the extra characters wondering if one would get their own story in the future. I would like to see Julia get her own happily ever after.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
On Magnolia Lane is a wonderful ending to Denise Hunter's Blue Ridge Romance series. In this story two characters that have appeared in the previous two books take center stage. Daisy Pendleton, the local florist has been receiving counseling from her pastor, Jack McReady. Problem is, he's fallen in love with her and she's never seen him as anything more than her friend and pastor. Jack can't seem to figure out how to make her see him as just a man, so when his friends find out that Daisy is on ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

My love of Denise Hunter books started back in 2016. This is now my 11th book that I’ve read by her. So it’s safe to say that I love everything she writes. This book did not disappoint. After finishing Honeysuckle Dreams I didn’t know how I was going to last until November for this book to come out. So I was really excited to get approved on NetGalley to read
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. 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, Denise began her

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