Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:
“Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she’s hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

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 three 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?”

My thoughts:

The Red Door Inn brought me to Prince Edward Island and I didn’t want to leave! I want to plan a vacation there now. Ms. Johnson brought the island alive and I felt like I could feel the cool breeze and the sand beneath my feet. Anne of Green Gable fans will love the nostalgia that The Red Door Inn brings too!

The writing style is easy to read and follow and makes the story flow quickly. I love old houses and renovating stories, so it was a lot of fun to “watch” as the house took shape to fulfill so many characters’ dreams. The way island original work and antiques were woven into the story was pure fun, especially a typewriter! You will have to read it to find out what I mean, so I won’t give anything away.

I have to admit that I adored Jack and Aretha in this story and love the added storyline they brought to the book. It took me a while to warm up to Seth, but I loved how he came off jaded, exactly like he was from his past. Marie’s past has a difficult issue in it that some may want to know about before reading, in case they are sensitive to that topic. The characters were relatable and flawed and redeemable.

I give the Red Door Inn 5 stars and highly recommend it to contemporary romance fans!

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

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The End of the World by Amy Matayo

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:
” A desperate boy. A damaged girl. And a dark house filled with secrets.

For Cameron Tate, being shuffled from foster home to foster home is just a normal way of life. Until the year he turns fourteen. That’s when he’s sent to the home of seventeen-year-old Shaye McCormick—a fellow foster kid counting the days until she’s released from the system.
For good reason. It doesn’t take long for Cameron to learn that Shaye is shackled to the worst kind of pain…living in a home where nothing seems right. And now he’s joined her with no way out. Their only refuge is a lake, a quiet spot at the edge of the property where they can sit together for a few moments at the end of each day. Alone with their thoughts. Away from prying eyes.
At the lake they become friends. At the lake they begin to talk. At the lake Cameron vows that no matter how deep their secrets are buried, he’ll make it his mission to heal Shaye from a past that makes living in the present nearly impossible. Even if it takes until the end of time to do it.”

“Author Note: The End of the World is a coming-of-age story that follows the lives of Cameron Tate and Shaye McCormick for twelve years. The novel is a Contemporary Romance that crosses the genres of Young Adult and New Adult. The End of the World is a standalone novel.”
My thoughts:

Amy Matayo tore my heart out and ripped it in two. I got headaches from feeling so deeply for these characters. I was so attached to these characters, that I am still thinking about them several days later. I laughed, a few times. I ached. I read with my heart in my throat and I cried, few times. For those that follow my reviews, you know my favorite thing about a good book is when it makes me FEEL and this book definitely did.
The End of the World is compulsively readable. I found myself rubbing my eyes to clear them enough to see to read and telling myself “just a little more” at 1:30 am. Some of the issues in this book are hard to read about. I do recommend this book to mature readers and I see it is a New Adult book.
The wisdom in some lines in this book are so relevant to life. It would give away too much if I shared, but you need to read it yourself to resonate. The End of the World shows the ugliness that so many pretend doesn’t exist in this world and how choices and life happen with very real consequences.

This book is an epic love story. I read a popular Young Adult series several years ago that is still one of my favorite series, and I compare this book to that series. (I won’t compare the titles because they are such different subject matter that I don’t want the comparison to confuse people.) But the love story of Cameron and Shaye is so deep and true that I think it will still be favorite in a decade, like that other series still is. The End of the World is a love story that stands the test of time.

This book is about sensitive subject matter. So just a heads up for those who are sensitive to abuse stories, this book contains several different abuse types.

I give The End of the World 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to those who want to read a book that makes an impact on your life.
I received a PDF of this book for my honest opinion, which I have given.

And a heads up for those followers of my blog for the Christian reviews, this book is not even though Amy Matayo’s other books are.