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The Red Door Inn #1, in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, by Liz Johnson
A chance meeting…a kind offer...sometimes strangers come into our lives for a reason. Now Jack Sloane may be able to fulfill his promise to his wife, Rose, to open a B & B, with help from newcomer Marie Carrington and from his nephew Seth, and perhaps a few other people they encounter along the way. But they have only two months! Will they be able to pull everything together in time?
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Publication Date: 2016
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams
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 fiancée 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?
Rain5 Stars Out Of 5September 9, 2017RainQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely loved this book!
JordanColumbia, SCAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A must-read for fans of Anne of Green Gables!August 20, 2017JordanColumbia, SCAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Anne of Green Gables has been my favorite story since I was eight years old. The ways it has impacted my life are too great to name, but one is that I have always wanted to travel to Prince Edward Island. When this series was recommended to me, it shot to the very top of my TBR pile. When it was offered for free in e-book form, I immediately downloaded it on my brother's Nook and began reading...despite my very strong aversion to e-reading. I am so glad I did! I thought it would just be a fun little trip to PEI, but it was so much more than that.
The Red Door Inn had me in tears within the first few pages...not because it was terribly sad, though it does hit you hard at times, but because it made me so so happy! The Anne of Green Gables and Lucy Maud Montgomery references in this book are EVERYTHING. I think I audibly cheered with each one and I got a lot of use out of the "highlight" feature on the Nook. They made me feel like I was in on a private conversation or that the author just knew me really well. "Stay in the Montgomery room of The Red Door Inn" is now on my fictional bucket list.
Added to the likable characters and the heart-wrenching story, they just make a great story even better! I felt like the characters were all kindred spirits and I will buying the sequel (in e-book form, a miracle!) ASAP, because Caden and I (and those cinnammon rolls) were definitely meant to be bosom friends! An absolute MUST read for fans of Anne of Green Gables.
CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Red Door InnMarch 28, 2017CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book caught my interest because it takes place in Prince Edward Island and starts out at the ferry terminal not far from where we live. The main characters are hurting badly from various real life situations. Healing takes place as together they renovate and work towards opening the Red Door Inn. I especially enjoyed reading about Marie choosing paint colours, quilts and antique furniture for the inn. An interesting story with painful struggles, romance and happy endings!
A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Welcome to the Red Door InnFebruary 6, 2017A ReaderNCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ahh....Prince Edward Island... a comfortable bed and breakfast; a cozy bakery; the calming, continuous presence of the seaside. You are calling my name.
The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson is a refreshing, entertaining contemporary romance novel about Gods love, kindness, and tender mercy to one of His daughters who needs a safe place.
Marie Carrington from Boston goes to Prince Edward Island for safety. She finds more in this safe haven than she ever imagined. Love and true friendships await her in the midst of island breezes, fun times, and plain, hard work on a bed and breakfast.
At the center of this novel we have this cozy bed and breakfast called The Red Door Inn. Marie is the decorator, Seth Sloane, the renovator; and Seths uncle, Jack Sloane, the owner, is the glue that keeps everything together. This successful team works well together, after a rocky start getting the bed and breakfast up and running. Hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and any hospitality areas are among my top favorite subjects to read. This subject is what mainly drew me to read this novel. Theres something exciting and invigorating about this environment and The Red Door Inn invites us to take part in this adventure.
Marie Carrington is a lovely heroine and I like how she is different than the majority of fiction heroines. She is a quiet, introverted woman, but can be more outgoing and light on occasion. Marie carries a burden that weighs on her emotionally and causes her to have panic attacks. My heart hurt for her pain and struggles. Liz Johnson writes in a respectful manner and with a tenderness that draws the reader to empathize with victims in these situations.
Decorating spaces is Maries talent. Her decorating abilities are inspiring. I am not a decorator, but reading about her job makes me want to try my hand at staging a room or home. Some authors never let us travel with the characters to work, but this one does! I enjoyed Ms. Johnsons allowing us to visit the antique store and attend an auction with the heroine. These kind of scenes help us get to know the character and feel a part of the action in the novel.
Seth Sloane [Every time I read that last name I think of Charlie Sloane of Anne of Green Gables] the hero, is a great guy. Of course he is handsome and muscular, but I like how he wasnt immediately attracted to Marie and vice versa. It gave the reader something to look forward to when they realized that they did love each other. They had to get to know one another first and werent half in love because of looks. Another thing I appreciated is how Seth acts like a normal guy. He isnt perfect and does not automatically read the heroines thoughts. Seth also isnt educated in the art of decorating in the least and wants his own cinnamon roll. :) (Read the book and you will find out about the cinnamon rolls.)
Good friends are difficult to gain and keep, but the supporting characters in The Red Door Inn are the true kind. Jack, Aretha, and Caden each bring their individual talents and light to the lives of the community. Liz Johnson made them interesting without taking center stage.
Liz Johnson has let us be a part of this entertaining adventure and I look forward to the next books in this series with anticipation. The Red Door Inn is waiting for us to procure a room, partake of a delicious repast, and experience pleasurable relaxation at our home away from home.
Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMJune 23, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Red Door Inn is my first Liz Johnson novel, but I am sure it will not be my last. I was drawn to the book because the setting is Prince Edward Island . . . remember Anne of Green Gables? I thought it would be a nice soothing and uplifting story just like its predecessor. It was, but the story line wasn't the same at all.
Marie Carrington is scared and running from something. Her plan of getting to Prince Edward Island and disappearing is unraveling. Just when all seems lost an angel appears in the form of Jack Sloane. Jack not only makes a way for Marie to get to PEI, but also offers her a job and shelter once she's there.
The only problem seems to be Jack's nephew Seth. He's very skeptical of Marie and isn't shy about making his feelings known.The two are like oil and water but both adore Jack and try to find a middle ground to keep from hurting Jack.
As the story unfolds we learn more about why Jack is opening the inn and why Marie is running. The story has a gentle feel yet it contains serious subjects. I enjoyed reading about how Jack's faith carried him through some impossible situations and how that faith is spilling over onto Marie and Seth.
This book left me once again wanting to make a trip to PEI. I look forward to the next book and the continuing story of these engaging characters.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.