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Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams) Paperback – March 1, 2016
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From the Back Cover
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.
"Liz Johnson is a rock-solid writer. Any book by my friend Liz will be creative, well researched, and intriguing."--Max Lucado, New York Times bestselling author and pastor
"Liz Johnson crafts a story about new beginnings and fresh hope. I thoroughly enjoyed this first novel in her new series and the vicarious visit it offered me to the Canadian Maritime Province of Prince Edward Island. I could almost feel the sea breeze!"--Becky Wade, author of the Porter Family series
Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. She is the author of several novels including Where Two Hearts Meet, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.
About the Author
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 080072402X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800724023
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Revell (March 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #476,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A light read, with a predictable ending (and no twists). I was entranced by the location of Prince Edward Island, one of the Maritimes of Eastern Canada. It also made me want to read L.M. Montgomery and about a certain red-haired orphan (Anne of Green Gables), a series which I’ve never read.
It's the first I've read of this author. Enjoyed her prolific use of metaphors, although she went a bit wild at times, but was distracted by dangling prepositions. Also distracted by her need to explain for the reader the humor as she went. [e.g., talking about tables and cinnamon rolls “ ‘…I’m just saying. I’m not going to share.’ He winked at her. Great. Now he was teasing her.” … or explaining that a remark was sarcasm. Give the reader some credit!] Repetitive remarks about long eyelashes ... okay already! An underlying Christian theme tied in well with the development of the characters as they faced brokenness, desperation, healing and hope. That was uplifting, read this at new year’s.
Book 2 in the series will continue with the same characters, of course on PEI.
3.5-4 stars. I enjoyed the readability of this book and the characters who were far from perfect. Loved reading descriptions of Prince Edward Island. Tags: Romance, Women's fiction, Christian values
Marie Carrington is one of the most fragile heroines I've seen lately, yet she has a subtle tungsten steel thread of strength, in her faith. God is drawing her back to Him after she's betrayed both by her father and by an old school mate. Ms. Johnson does a great job of drawing you into the story by revealing only just enough to hook you and propel you forward in reading.
Seth Sloane starts out as a jerk. But, again, Ms. Johnson infuses enough information about Seth that the reader quickly understands why he's acting so wounded -- because he is. But his reaction to that utter betrayal is to throw walls up. As the story goes on, both Seth and Marie seek to overcome their animosity toward each other and a true friendship and caring grows.
Bibliotherapy: I was a psychologist for twenty-five years. Marie's reaction is pretty extreme, but given the rape and then her father's betrayal, and everything else Liz Johnson has set up, her flight to Prince Edward Island is understandable. As is Seth's. These two are shown God's mercy via a widower, Jack, who is setting up a bed and breakfast to fulfill his wife's wishes before she died. This story would be a good bibliotherapy tool for: emotional abandonment, betrayal, rape, and manipulative relationships.
Marie is intent on escape. She desperately wants to get to Prince Edward Island, but it seems her journey’s end is going to come up short if not for the kindness of a stranger. It won’t take long to realize that Marie’s absolute fears have a horrendous reason for existing. She’s been let down on so many levels that there is nowhere to fall now, not even further down. One kind elderly man sees something in Marie, something that he intends to help with even over her objections. This is a young woman who needs kindness and help – so why not him. Jack is opening a bed and breakfast on the island, and from the small snatches of conversation he offers Marie a place to stay, work to do and wages that she obviously needs. He might not understand that he’s saving a life, but he knows desperation when he sees it.
Seth is Jack’s nephew and he’s helping to get the bed and breakfast renovated for a rapidly nearing opening date. Seth has lost so much, he’s bitter, angry and suspicious of just about everyone – especially Marie. These three people must form a bond, and work together to make Jack’s beloved, deceased wife’s dream a reality. It’s not going to be easy for disaster after chaos after troubles seems determined to stop this dream. Over the course of The Red Door Inn we’ll watch as three people form a family, love develops and is just as quickly struck down. A happy ending, yes, eventually. But there is a lot of healing, forgiving and learning that must happen before Marie and Seth or even Jack are ready for a happy future.
I don’t know if I will continue this series. To be quite frank, my book budget doesn’t run to the cost of the third e-book very often… time will tell on that decision. Nonetheless, I’m very glad that I did read The Red Door Inn. This is a story of healing for many people – yet it is healing at a cost for often pain must be dealt with before a wound can heal over. And this story rips bandages off frequently. Marie captivated me from the start. Her story is so painful that words cannot describe. Jack is a kind, gentle man who wants to fulfill his wife’s dream but at the cost of his own. Seth was very difficult for me to warm up to… right up until the ending even. He is so angry and it shows in every word, every action, every reaction. Even after finishing the story I’m still up in the air as to how I feel about Seth.
In all I enjoyed this story. It is more Women’s Fiction, even though there is Romance woven into the story. This is a story that will bring out emotions.
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Top reviews from other countries
This is a cracking story which hooks you in right from the start. A fitting start to what looks to be an exciting series. Grace, redemption, mercy and love are clearly shown in a real and moving narrative.