Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Series: PEI Dreams # 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Released March 1, 2016
336 pages

About the Book:

Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she's hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

Seth Sloane didn't move three thousand miles to work on his uncle's B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian--and to forget about the fiancΓ©e who broke his heart.

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. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island?

Step into the Red Door Inn, a lovely home away from home tucked along the north shore of fabled Prince Edward Island. It's a place where the wounded come to heal, the broken find forgiveness, and the lonely find a family. Won't you stay for the season?

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ 🌟  (4 stars)

“God isn’t a vending machine to ask for the things that we want.
Rather, he gives what is best. He works the things of this world
for the good of those who love him. He’s the foundation of every
blessing, the loving Father who longs to give us sweet gifts.”

There are three main characters, each dealing with their own issues but are trying to work together on a common goal – getting a B&B ready to open. Marie is scared of getting close to people, Seth is hesitant to trust and suspicious of Marie, Jack is dealing with the loss of his wife and is trying to make her goal of the inn a success but is struggling. Marie went through a horrible incident and when her father should have been there for her he tried to use her situation to his advantage. Thankfully Marie meets Jack who shows her what a father's love should look like and shows her how much God loves her. Even though Marie is scared for the consequences of what she is about to do, she puts her feelings aside to do what she can to help Jack when all seems lost. I loved the humor and sarcastic banter back and forth between the characters. The addition of the little notes between two characters was fun. I found myself looking forward to these moments. I feel like I really got to know these characters and grew to love each one of them. The secondary characters of Aretha and Caden added depth to the story, I loved how outspoken Aretha was. I have had the privilege of visiting PEI, it is such a beautiful island and the Ms. Johnson did a wonderful job of portraying the beauty and character of the island. I felt like I was right there with them. With the help of Marie and Seth, will Jack get the inn open on time? Will Seth deal with his trust issues? Will Marie find the family she needs? A must read to find out. I have already begun book 2 of this series.

“Even if you’re having a hard time loving him (God),
he’s not having a hard time loving you.”

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed in this review
are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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