Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Review - The Red Door Inn

Revell; 352 pages; $14.99; Amazon

I have a bad habit of letting books pile up on my desk and collect dust. For the next few weeks, I'm going to make it my goal to get these books read (well, the ones I haven't read yet) and reviewed. 

Way back in the early spring, I received an advanced copy of The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson, book one in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I had never heard of the author before receiving the original press release about the title. What appealed to me the most was the the unique cover art. Plus, I like ready any story that is set at an Inn or a bed-and-breakfast.

So is the book set at a bed-and-breakfast?

Well, the novel is set on Prince Edward Island, and the main plot does involve a bed-and-breakfast.

Who are the characters?

There are two main characters:

Marie Carrington & Seth Sloane 

What is the actual plot?

The story opens with Marie leaving her family home after being betrayed by a loved one. Nearly broke, she heads off to Prince Edward Island to work on her newest project - decorating a newly renovated bed-and-breakfast. This is where she runs into Seth, a man who came to the island to help his uncle restore the Victorian B and B! 

Seth had his heart practically ripped out on stomped on by his ex-fiancee, so moving to the island is way for him to begin anew. What he wasn't expecting on was meeting Marie.

While this is a love story, it's not exactly love at first sight here as Seth is mostly aggravated at Marie as her taste in decorations for the B and B is a little too expensive. Of course as the two spends more time together, sparks do fly between them. However,Seth and Marie both have scarred pasts that they must try to heal before they can have a future together.

Final Thoughts: For the most part, the descriptions and the dialogue are written fairly clearly, where anyone from any literary background can grab a hold of the book and read it. Written in third-person, the narration is well-done. The chapters are normal length for the genre. The main characters are both likeable, though there was something about Seth's attitude that I just didn't care for.

Overall, The Red Door Inn is a fast-paced romantic read that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my honest review and they are 100% my own opinions. I received no other compensation for this review and I am not required to give a positive review. I am also not associated with the publisher or author in any way.

About the Author: By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager for a Christian publisher. She finds time to write late at night and is a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Nashville, TN, where she enjoys theater, exploring local music, and making frequent trips to Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings and blogs about her adventures in writing at

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