Reading Roundup: “On Magnolia Lane” by Denise Hunter


I am always saddened when I finish a series, especially one as good as the Blue Ridge Sunrise series. Each book, I fall more and more in love with the characters. The last book is bittersweet because I want to read those characters stories, but I also do not want to end the characters forever. It is because of this that I tend to cherish the book a little more. I bide my time when reading, to stretch it out, even though I want nothing more than to finish their story.
“On Magnolia Lane” is the final story in the Blue Ridge Sunrise series. It follows the story of Pastor Jack McReady and the owner of the flower shop Daisy Pendleton. For two years Pastor Jack has been in love with Daisy. As a member of his congregation, he has counseled her through countless problems, all the while falling more in love with her.
Daisy is ready to fall in love, thus joining the dating site Flutter. It is through this site that she meets several men who are anything but promising. When Jack discovers that she has joined this site he worries that she might actually fall in love. Enter TJ, a man that has befriended Daisy online. As she starts spending more time with Pastor Jack she finds herself torn between her feelings for both men. Jack is harboring a huge secret that stands to extinguish the relationship he has built with Daisy, and he must find a way to tell her before it is too late. When Daisy discovers Jack’s secret she is devastated and must learn to forgive those people in her life who have hurt her the most.
This story, despite my desire to savor it, proved to be a page turner. Denise Hunter writes characters who are easy to love, and that is unquestionably the case with Jack and Daisy. The conflicts in this story help to entrance the reader and pull them further into the story. The moral dilemmas are designed to help teach us about forgiveness. I give this story 5 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read this style of fiction.

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