Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle’s Victorian B and B–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. He wasn’t expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her.
The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they’ve got–and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.
It’s always fun to discover a new author. Liz Johnson has written eight other novels, but The Red Door Inn is my debut to her writing. I’m very familiar with Prince Edward Island as a literary location, however, thanks to the books of L. M. Montgomery. And Johnson doesn’t hide the island’s connection: Marie is a fan of red-headed orphan, Anne Shirley, and there are plenty of mentions of Montgomery and the Green Gables books.
The book begins with a providential meeting at a ferry terminal, when Marie is given the opportunity to earn some money and have a place to stay for a short time. She’s on the run from Boston and out of cash, and she knows she’ll be tracked if she uses her bank or credit cards. So why is Marie in such a desperate situation? Johnson’s writing initially details the reasons for her skittishness without being explicit, but Marie does eventually reveal her recent past in blunt detail. It’s not surprising that Seth is wary of Marie, given what readers learn about his last relationship. Is Marie set to take advantage of his heart and his uncle’s money? Will she stay if the money runs out and push comes to shove?
Liz Johnson has given readers a vivid picture of a small town and of what it takes to get a B and B up and running. The characters are engaging, and the secondary relationship between Jack and Aretha shows that romance isn’t just for the youngsters. Readers see how their idea of God as Father might differ from someone else’s, depending on their experience with human fathers. We’re also shown that good things can often come from bad events, even if we can’t see it at the time.
The Red Door Inn is the first novel in a series called Prince Edward Island Dreams. The second book is also set at the Inn and will be called Where Two Hearts Meet. I’m looking forward to reading it when it’s released in October.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of The Red Door Inn, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 March 2016
Page Count: 352