The Red Door Inn
By Liz Johnson
Published by Revell
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.
REVIEW: The first paragraph peeked my curiosity and lead me to care for the young girl, Marie. I also desired to know more about Prince Edward Island, “The change in Marie Carrington’s pocket wouldn’t pay for a ferry ride across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island, let alone a bus ticket to anywhere else in the world. As she cupped the Canadian dollar coins in her shaking hand, they clinked together, drawing the curious gaze of the man in seat next to her.”
This was a great escape filled with fun characters I wanted to know more about. Jack eyes Marie looking at her change. He’s an older man who’s opening a Bed and Breakfast. He asks Marie for her advice on picking out colors for the inn. He has some color swatches to show her. She tells him what she thinks. Jack is surprised by her knowledge. Could she be the answer to his prayers? He wanted to help her and at the same time he could use her understanding of color and design. Jack was fully aware that the B & B was in desperate need of a female touch.
The author has the reader explore the Island thru Marie’s eyes. She has a secret she doesn’t want to share or think about.. Jack and his nephew Seth are harboring secrets and a pain of their own. I liked how the reader learns about Marie’s past at the same time the two male leads learn about it. Each characters pain from the past colors their present circumstance.. I liked seeing how each dealt with their pain and their willingness to let God heal them and/or give them the courage to move on.
I loved hearing about Marie’s creative process and how she went about making The Red Door Inn a memorable place to stay. She also had a flair in making the rooms charming and giving them just the right comfortable feel. She wanted to create a place people wanted to come back to year after year. Marie is surprised when Seth tells her he’s never been to a B & B. She explains that she wants to make each room an experience. She finds a typewriter and wonders what had been typed on it. “Had someone written a book or a story on it, hoping to replicate the literary magic of L.M. Montgomery’s Island tales.” …”Stories are part of the Island’s heritage. We could theme every room around part of the Island’s heritage.”
I loved the playful fun moments in the book as well between Seth and Marie as they try to work together. Marie describes a B & B to Seth. She tries to explain the need for more than one table to eat at in the dining room. She sets up a pretend scene describing why they’d need another table. She talks about a newlywed couple. Asks Seth to imagine that his wife wants a bite of his cinnamon roll. Seth says, “Hey, if she wanted a cinnamon roll, she should have ordered her own.”
Marie fought the urge to shake Seth’s arm. “She was too embarrassed. After all, you’re newly married, and she doesn’t want you to think she’s going to stuff her face…”
Seth replies…”All right. Say she wants my cinnamon roll…Did your friend Caden make it?” Marie wonders where Seth is going with this…”I’m just trying to picture the scene.”
“Yes, fine. She made it. What does it matter?”
“Oh, it matters. If it’s from Caden’s Bakery, I’m not sharing.”
This is the first novel I’ve read by this author. It most definitely won’t be the last. This is a fun filled adventure with a faith message naturally woven in. I enjoyed the Island and I loved hanging out with this cast of characters. Now I want to go to Prince Edward Island and stay in The Red Door Inn. Grin!
ABOUT AUTHOR: LIZ JOHNSON fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as a full-time marketing manager. She is the author of nine novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club Network site from Revell publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
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