Monday, March 7, 2016

"The Red Door Inn" by Liz Johnson - a sweet contemporary romance

Cover ArtIn the first Prince Edward Island Dreams novel, Marie Carrington, desperate, alone, is trying to find a safe haven on Prince Edward Island. When an older gentleman offers her a job decorating his Bed and Breakfast, she discovers a place of refuge. However, his nephew, Seth Sloane, gun-shy of women after being badly burned, is not happy to have her around. He's just waiting to find out what her scam is. Though they don't get along well, they do share a love for his uncle and agree on getting the inn ready in time for opening. Maybe, if they find a way to open up their hearts, they can find the healing both desperately need.

A sweet romance, The Red Door Inn is a gentle story of healing, learning to accept help, and learning to stand up for oneself. Both Marie and Seth are terribly wounded, though their wounds manifest in different ways: Marie in fear, closing in on herself, suffering panic attacks, and Seth in anger and bitterness.

I suppose like many people of my generation (as well as those of older generations), when I think of Prince Edward Island, I think of Anne of Green Gables. I enjoyed reading about a character who loved Anne enough to seek out the Island as a refuge. Granted, the author gently slips in more about PEI's attractions than just LM Montgomery's famous series, but I appreciated the tribute to the classics.

While there was nothing overly surprising in the plot, nothing terribly dangerous or exciting, it was still an engrossing read--I never wanted to put the book down. The author's writing is excellent, with touches of humor to lighten the more serious tone to the story.

Thank you Revell for providing a free book in exchange for review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

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