Mini-Review: On Magnolia Lane (Book #3: Blue Ridge Trilogy) by Denise Hunter


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.

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Source: NetGalley          My Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  By way of full disclosure, I didn’t dive into this series with book three, but did listen to the first two books on audio before reading On Magnolia Lane.  Based on the first two books, I was rather excited to read On Magnolia Lane, but I discovered as I got started, this series really is better for me on audio.  While I very much liked the characters in this story, the plot, and the inclusion of characters from the first two books, I found it difficult to really focus on the physical reading.  It took me such a long time to get through this book, and that wasn’t the case with the audio books. 

At the end of the day, as audio books, I really enjoyed this series, and wish I had waited for the audio version of On Magnolia Lane.  This is a truly sweet, Christian- based, very low heat series with real people working through real life issues that result in HEAs.  I absolutely know I would have enjoyed the last book more had I listened to rather than physically read the book.  While this certainly isn’t the authors fault, and there are no technical issues at all with this book, it is something I now know to look out for as a reader.  So, do I recommend this trilogy?  Yes, my issues are mine alone and I truly believe this is a trilogy that will appeal to a great number of readers.

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