Friday, December 21, 2018

On Magnolia Lane (Blue Ridge #3) by Denise Hunter

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 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.  

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 wonder he can't help but become TJ when Daisy starts responding to him on the online dating app.  Poor guy.  He really set himself up for a fall later but I couldn't blame him.  Poor, poor Jack.  He just loves Daisy so much!

Meanwhile, Daisy has so much swirling around in her life!  No wonder she only sees Jack as someone to listen to her and to confide in.  She really needs that from him.

I loved watching the transformation as Jack gained more confidence and Daisy became more aware.  It was so sweet.  This book was easy to settle in with and felt good on my heart.

Content:  Christian elements (talk of God, forgiveness, etc.), kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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