In her kitchen at Rose’s Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.
Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.
When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.
I chose to read this because it’s the second book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. I’ve already read book one.
Where Two Hearts Meet is the story of a self-doubting woman who never believes she’s good enough and a man overwhelmed by guilt after witnessing death at close hand. Readers first met Caden in the first book of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, when she uncertainly asked the main character to be a taste tester for her. The two women became friends and Caden now works behind the scenes to ensure her friend’s business serves up food to remember. But all could be for naught if the money runs out, and only a glowing review from an anonymous travel writer. She and her boss both believe Adam is that writer, but Adam is a journalist with PTSD after being imbedded with the military in Afghanistan.
This novel is primarily a contemporary romance and there’s little in the way of suspense or drama. Caden’s biggest problem, besides the inn’s financial status, is the reappearance of a former classmate who’s now a big name chef in Toronto. Insecure Caden feels there is absolutely no way she can compete with the woman and it does seem the townsfolk reinforce that at times. One line in particular stood out to me: “They were quick to accept her gifts. And just as quick to forget who gave them.” And I suddenly thought, “We do that with God.” I also have to mention minor character, Levi, who plays a major part of Adam’s story. His history is a poignant one.
It does help to have read the first book in the series, The Red Door Inn. Not only does it give backstory to the inn’s development, it also aids the reader in understanding why it’s under threat. Another book is due to be published next summer, and an excerpt is included. I’ll hopefully read it soon after it’s released.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of Where Two Hearts Meet, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group)
Publication Date: 18 October 2016
Page Count: 384