If you want to fall deeply in love with characters, and become wholly invested in the outcome of their lives, I highly recommend this book — The Red Door Inn, by Liz Johnson.
I’ve never been to Prince Edward Island — it’s on my ‘someday’ list. Maybe next summer. But the way Johnson paints a picture of the red sand beaches and the idyllic surf crashing against them, it has certainly moved up a few notches.
Marie Carrington, Seth Sloane, and Jack Sloane are all people with broken pasts and uncertain futures. Marie and Seth especially need to figure out how to trust each other and let each other in enough to work together. Jack needs their help to bring The Red Door Inn — a dream of his late wife — to life, and it will take all the cooperation they can muster.
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.
With characters bringing in heart wrenching back stories, brilliantly descriptive writing, and a powerful message of trusting God to heal brokenness, this book will reel you in. I stayed up way later than any human being should last night to finish it.
I wish The Red Door Inn was a real place — with all of the beautiful descriptions of what the place looks like, I’d happily stay there whenever I do finally make my way to PEI.
I will be watching for more by Liz Johnson — especially in the fall when the Prince Edward Island Dreams book 2 is released. The excerpt at the back of The Red Door Inn has me sure I need to read it, so I’ll have my eyes peeled for sure.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc