Monday, March 28, 2016

"the red door inn" by liz johnson

A romance set on Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables and one of the places I most want to visit? Of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read it!

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.

I'll be honest. When this book first showed up on my radar, I wanted to read it, but I was also a tad hesitant. Six years ago, I read a suspense novel by Liz Johnson, and it was okay, but I didn't love it. But the draw of PEI was enough for me to give The Red Door Inn a shot. I shouldn't have worried about it—in six years, Johnson has grown greatly as a writer.

The Red Door Inn does start rather slowly, and I didn't really get into it at first. But as I got to know Marie, Seth, Seth's uncle Jack, and antique store owner Aretha, I became swept into their world. The town and the inn are described so vividly that I felt like I could see them, and the final third of the book is so strong that I just didn't want it to end! I'm eagerly anticipating book two, which will focus on Marie's friend Caden. (There's a preview at the end of The Red Door Inn, and I desperately wanted it to continue!)

The Red Door Inn isn't a fast-paced or suspense-filled novel, and it's probably not one that you'll fly through in a matter of hours because you just can't put it down. But it is a sweet, gentle romance that you'll find yourself thinking about in between reading times. 4 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my review of Johnson's Vanishing Act.

Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as a full-time marketing manager. She is the author of nine novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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