Compelling characters and a great setting! The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

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about the book....

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.

my review...

"The Red Door Inn" by Liz Johnson is a gently paced novel that wonderfully reflects the spirit of Prince Edward Island, where the story is set. I simply longed to join Marie and Seth in not only enjoying the beauty of their surroundings, but working to restore the Bed and Breakfast to it's former glory. I'm not entirely sure why, but I always seem to be drawn to novels where characters are taking something broken and breathe new life into it. I guess because we all long to become whole, and there is something tremendously satisfying about bringing order and beauty to chaos and brokenness. I quite enjoyed the parallels between Marie and Seth experiencing healing and forgiveness in their own lives, while they in turn painted and fixed and made the house beautiful. Although there are some twists thrown into the story, I think I would have preferred maybe a few more unexpected surprises to keep the story moving along. Some of the chapters dragged along a bit for me, the only reason I did not give this book a higher rating. However, knowing how different all of us readers are, I encourage you to give this book a try for yourself, because there is certainly a lot to enjoy here with compelling characters, a great setting, and a romance that will leave a smile on your face.

I award "The Red Door Inn" a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it for those readers who enjoy contemporary fiction with endearing characters that will leave you wanting to know more about what will happen next in their lives!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Liz JohnsonLiz Johnson is a full-time marketing specialist for a Nashville-based publisher. She has been a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including CBA Retailers+ResourcesChristian Fiction Onlinemagazine, and Storytellers Journal. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of several books, including The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (an ACFW Carol Award finalist) and A Star in the Night, which was part of the New York Times and ECPA bestselling A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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