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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