On Magnolia Lane is the first book that I’ve read by author by Denise Hunter and I really enjoyed it. This is the third book in the Blue Ridge Romance Series. Though it’s part of a series, it’s good as a standalone book.
The story is about Jack McReady who happens to be the local Pastor. One of his congregants is Daisy Pendleton and she’s been meeting with Jack for counseling over a couple of years now. He’s pretty much head over heals in love with Daisy and she is oblivious. Will she ever be able to see Jack as something more than her Pastor? Will Jack ever be bold enough to ask Daisy out on a date? Or will this romance need a little help from their friends?
I really liked the characters in this book. They weren’t perfect, but they were kind, descent and caring people that I’d like to spend time with. The story takes place in the small town of Copper Creak, Georgia and after reading this book I wish it really existed because I’d like to visit.
One of my favorite characters was the mystery woman Julia. I found myself drawn into her quest and appreciated how understanding and gracious she was. I liked the friendship that developed between Daisy and Julia.
Denise’s style of writing is very inviting. She has a way of helping the reader to visualize the places and people, but without being too wordy. She leaves room for imagination. I thought Denise was insightful in bringing out what was going on within the characters, their insecurities and wounds from the past that haven’t quite healed, that still impacted relationships.
I really enjoyed On Magnolia Lane. I appreciated that the Christian faith was included in the character’s lives and that it was a clean novel and free from filthy language and sexual immorality. There are some details about a character’s past that comes out, but the sinful choices were not glorified or made light of.
In today’s world, where every where you turn there’s more bad news, it’s really nice to be able to step away for a little while, into small town with a little romance. If you like a good love story, be sure to read On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter. I look forward to reading more of Denise’s novels.
I would like to thank BookLook and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to ready On Magnolia Lane in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.