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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 taMarie 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?...

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The Red Door Inn Reviews

  • Marlene
    2018-11-14 13:21

    *Update: links to images for the lighthouses and the bridge fixed!!!!*Prior to this book, I had never read anything by Liz Johnson. Based on great reviews from some GoodReads friends as well as the printed accolades from Max Lucado and Colleen Coble, I figured I was in for a real treat. The Red Door Inn (2016, Revell), first in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series byLiz Johnson, is a standalone contemporary Christian romance set in North Rustico, PEI in the winter of an unspecified year. I purposely read this book while on vacation there, and I enjoyed the experience so much that I want to seek more "on location" stories for vacations in the upcoming year. (We are considering going to the Poconos in 2018, so any recommendations would be appreciated!)Rating: 4 1/2 starsThe heroine: Marie Carrington, 28, fled her father's Boston home, and now, so close to the end of her journey, she's unable to reach Prince Edward Island. Marie is in Nova Scotia, stuck on the wrong side of the Northumberland Strait, and doesn't have the money required to ride the ferry to PEI. Nearby, Jack Sloane is waiting for the ferry to return him to his new home, a soon-to-be bed-and-breakfast. He sees Marie looking forlorn and falls into conversation with her. About paint color choices, no less, with the caveat that the front door of the inn MUST be red! Impressed with her answers, he offers: "I'll make you a trade. The ticket for your help in picking out paint colors." And so Marie becomes Jack's employee. Except Jack forgets to tell Marie one tiny detail...The hero: Also currently residing at the bed-and-breakfast is Seth Sloane, Jack's nephew, who obtained a temporary visa in order to to renovate the place. If she'd known about Seth, she would have turned down Jack's offer. Upon meeting, Marie and Seth are mutually displeased at each other's presence.Christian elements: God is mentioned only occasionally, and Jesus never. Seth and Jack go to First Church. The priest, who wears black clothes and a white collar, is referred to as Father Chuck. It looks like First Church is probably either Catholic or Anglican, but more likely Anglican based on a conversation with my GoodReads friend Joleen, who also read the book. (I found absolutely no Episcopal churches and just one Lutheran church on a list of PEI churches.) Even though this wasn't the sort of Christian fiction where faith takes a front seat, I found that Christian morals definitely were present. A sentiment not often presented in books, the presence of the principle "nothing good ever came from eavesdropping" impressed me. At one point, Marie doesn't want to go to church, but is required to do so by Jack as a condition of her living in his inn. My favorite quote: "Praying for kind words - or at least benign ones." That is a very GOOD prayer. With the rare person, I've found that sometimes it can be difficult to even find something kind to say with honesty. I remember a phrase from a long-ago Bible study, which said that we may have someone in our lives for whom "extra grace is required." Is it clean/chaste? Yes! However, there is a sensitive issue included, so I wouldn't recommend this book for young teens. (view spoiler)[A character is raped, which is definitely described, but not in a graphic manner. (hide spoiler)]What I liked: *This book made me FEEL. In general, I don't like "feeling" my books - I'd rather be mostly detached - but this one struck the perfect balance for me. It touched my heart while still being a delightful story. *Ms. Johnson has clearly done her research on the island. *Nice descriptive phrases! "The woman's laugh was as rich as her cinnamon roll."*The secondary characters and the secondary romance are very, very good! I have a guess as to who might be the heroine in book two of this series, and I look forward to reading it!What I didn’t like: *I would have liked more mention of Lucy Maud Montgomery, as memories of her stories drew Marie to the island. Marie never even expressed an interest in seeing some of the LMM tourist sites.*I didn't enjoy how long Seth was suspicious of Marie's motives.*I felt that the issue of passports, visas, etc. were not explained enough. Is Marie going to continue to live on the island long-term? If so, how is this possible? (To be fair, this may be addressed in the next book of the series.)*This is really nitpicking, but I was struck by how more than once the kitchen was bare, yet they did manage to eat…. How this book stacks up to my PEI trip in August:: Right on the money: cows, potatoes, lighthouses, ferries, L.M. Montgomery, boardwalks, red dirtNot quite right: The lighthouse on the cover is NOT the North Rustico Lighthouse, but is in actuality the Brighton Beach Range Front in Charlottetown! This image shows the other house better. (We only saw eleven lighthouses on our vacation, and accidentally found the right one - but didn't realize it until my husband was going over our pictures.) My theory was that the North Rustico Lighthouse area is a bit run-down, and Charlottetown is too busy to be a satisfactory setting for the book. Liz Johnson was kind enough to respond to my inquiry about this. She said that my supposition is basically correct, and she added that the North Rustico Lighthouse is run-down and has a lot of wires connected to it. The publisher took care of the picture, combining original and stock photos.A character in the book says, "there are more than 50 active lighthouses." According to the Prince Edward Island Lighthouse Society, there are 63 lighthouses and range light buildings, with "approximately 35 still active aids to navigation." This isn't too far off the book's claim of more than 50, but this was published in 2016 - could the statistic have changed that much in a year? I will admit though, that it was sometimes difficult to get the particular information I was looking for on specific lighthouses. Fifty really may have been correct at the time.*I thought it was odd that the Confederation Bridge was not once mentioned in the story. Granted, Marie came by ferry and didn't have a car, AND she was much too busy to go sight-seeing. I asked Ms. Johnson about this, and she responded that there wasn't a natural way to include the bridge in the story. Here's a picture of the Confederation Bridge just because it's so cool.**********About the author The following is a quote by Liz Johnson in an interview about this book. "For years my dream vacation was Prince Edward Island. And if I’m honest, it still is. Every time I go back, I fall in love all over again with the island’s gentle ways and slow pace, its beautiful colors and kind people. "***********The bottom line: This is a great book if you're looking for a story with an accurate PEI flavor. I recommend this book to fans of either Christian or clean contemporary romance. By the way, it's currently available for Kindle for $1.59. I'd say it's well worth it! I look forward to readingWhere Two Hearts Meet, book two of this series!

  • Gretchen
    2018-10-21 19:16

    This was my first book by this author and I was greatly surprised by it. This was a very cute and quick read. I was quickly drawn in my the main character, Marie, because the author chose to only give us bits and pieces of her story and It was killing me not knowing what had happened and then when you figured it out you were so connected to her story that you just wanted to go to her and give her a hug. Characters are what makes a story and the characters mixed with the setting description really made this book something special for me. Jack was such a sweet character; he’s that comforting, grandfather type of presence. I liked Seth, too. There were times when he got on my nerves with his assumptions, but I could see where he was coming from. The supporting characters here and there on the island were charming and it all tied together into a really good book.

  • Hannah
    2018-11-02 13:36

    An enjoyable and pleasant story set on PEI as the MCs work to open a B&B on the island. I especially liked Marie and Jack (Seth got on my nerves a few times.) I'm also looking forward to the next story, featuring Marie's friend Caden.Christian message: praying, trusting God. The preacher is referred to as "Father." Just be aware that it's more of a "God" message than a "Jesus saves" kind of message. I never could figure out if the preacher was supposed to be Catholic or Anglican.Content: kissing; mentions of a past (view spoiler)[ rape and flashbacks to it, no graphic details(hide spoiler)].

  • Rachel McMillan
    2018-10-19 11:16

    You can't fake authenticity of location. As someone very familiar with the Island and its unique culture, Johnson immerses herself in the cadence of Eastern Canada and this tiny, engaging province.The perfect romantic canvas for a rambling Victorian inn and a chance at second love, Johnson's magic is made manifest by her unadulterated love of her setting.Come for the winsome characters of Marie and Seth ( and the salt of the earth locals who surround them ) and stay for the Island retreat.This is the next best thing to a vacation to an enchanted, gentle isle!

  • Dawn
    2018-10-18 18:14

    Marie Carrington left Boston to escape bad memories and her father. She has no money and no place to go. When she meets Jack Sloane, he sees in her a hurting soul and offers her a place to stay in exchange for helping him and his nephew renovate a bed & breakfast. Seth Sloane thinks his uncle is crazy for bringing a woman they know nothing about home. Seth's hurting himself and was hoping that the island could bring healing to his heart. Yet as he attempts to get close to Marie, he finds that she's very skittish around him. Can his persistence wear her down? Will both of these two hurting hearts find healing?I loved this book. First it was set of Prince Edward Island and had a lot of references to Anne of Green Gables. Second, the characters gripped me from the first page.As I read, I found myself falling in love with the townspeople and hurting for Marie. I wanted to shake Seth once or twice, but even when he acted incredibly stupid, I found myself rooting for him. The characters in this book were very deep. I discovered that each one had many layers to them, and I am looking forward to revisiting the island in the next book.I received this book for free from Revell Books for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of women's fiction, Karen Kingsbury, Denise Hunter, Colleen CobleRating - 5 stars

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2018-11-14 14:26

    A setting already beloved by any little girl or young woman (or a woman approaching ancient age like me) who ever read Anne of Green Gables. A cast of secondary characters to make L.M. Montgomery proud. A romance that sparks with electricity and affection, even during the moments where you want to throttle one or both of them.And then we have Marie, whom I wanted to hug from the moment I met her on the pages of The Red Door Inn. Just wrap my arms around her and hold on tight. I didn’t know why she was hurting yet, why she was having panic attacks, why she was buried so deep in a protective shell. Johnson reveals Marie’s story in pieces as the novel progresses, allowing the reader to patch it together like a quilt until it’s finally all revealed. And then Jack, dear sweet Jack whom I also wanted to hug from the moment we met. He made me smile – for one reason or another – nearly every time he was on the page. The father figure he became to Marie is one of my favorite aspects of The Red Door Inn. Not only because she needed to know what a loving father looked like, but because she needed to know what a loving God as Father looks like. This faith element of the story is written so tenderly and fits so naturally within the story that it never feels like a sermon or breaks up the flow of the plot. It’s just there, and it’s just really really sweet.And Seth. Gruff, grumpy, prickly Seth with a chip on his shoulder and a grudge all over him. Just as Marie judges God based on her own father, Seth judges Marie based on his ex. While this of course makes him an absolute bear at first, it also makes for some grin-inducing scenes between the two of them as they each tentatively begin to trust the other. I adored the way both Jack and Seth brought out Marie’s quick wit and her confidence, as well as how Marie softened them both up quite a bit. Umm… and once Seth softens toward Marie a bit?!? BREAK OUT THE FANS. One last thing. Aretha Franklin. No relation to the singer. What a hoot! I love her!! And I love love love the subplot that involves her. Of course, I can’t forget to mention Caden who won my heart by not being stick thin (can I get an amen?!?) and her little niece Ruby, the Anne lookalike who has some very definite opinions about how and when to turn the hymnal pages!Delightful characters (in case you couldn’t tell), warmth, affection, humor, tenderness, and a cozy setting make the perfect backdrop for Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn. The true meaning of friendship and family find their way beautifully into this story that on the surface appears to be a cute contemporary romance involving the restoration of an old inn but is really about so much more. It’s also about the restoration of faith, of hope, and of love, and all of these are woven into the novel’s framework in a way that adds so much dimension and depth. Prince Edward Island is now on my bucket list of places to visit, but until I come into a large windfall of cash I will have to visit it vicariously through Liz Johnson’s newest series. Looking forward to book #2 in October!(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)Read my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  • Madison
    2018-11-14 12:36

    It took me two attempts to read this book. I'm not sure what happened the first time as on my second go I was sucked into the story and more than happy to stay there. Great scenery is perhaps an understatement, as The Red Door Inn is set on Price Edward Island (yes, home of L.M. Montgomery and our favourite red-haired orphan). And there is a romance to match the charm of the rolling seas and windy coastline. But what is most alluring about this story is the characters. Marie is on the run from a past she doesn't even like to think about. She's not sure where she is going, she just knows she can't look back. But with less than a handful of change to her name she knows she might need to take up the offer a kind stranger on the Prince Edward Island ferry proffers - come and stay at his B&B and help him finish its design in time for its opening in a few weeks' time. But she doesn't count on the kind man's nephew - tall, burly and kind of unfriendly Seth - also staying and working at the Inn, nor how interacting with the two men along with the other residents of the small coastline town would challenge her to step outside the shadow of her past and maybe even learn to trust again.Marie's story is completely heartbreaking. I love her strength and determination and understand her fear. Her past is slowly revealed through the chapters, and as she shares her story we learn that Seth too has a past that has left him wounded. I thought the characters shone in this charming story, even the secondary characters. And the romance is very sweet, as what starts as a fearful and antagonistic relationship slowly works through the stages of tolerance and curiosity to trust and friendship. There are plenty of ups and downs in this love story.Great scenery. Good food. A strong sense of community. I can't wait to read the next book in this series which will continue the story of the Red Door Inn and the people who love and work in it.Find more reviews on my blog Madison's Library.

  • Kara
    2018-10-28 15:32

    Why it took me so long to finally read this book I have no idea. Because I loved it! I already knew I want to visit Prince Edward Island (thanks to Anne of Green Gables naturally :), but after finishing this delightful story my desire to visit has quadrupled! I absolutely loved the setting and Ms. Johnson describes every detail so beautifully (her love of the island shines through very clear) that so many times it felt like I was actually there, feeling the wind on my face. But it's not just the setting, it's the characters. I instantly loved Marie. I don't know what it was about her precisely, but I sensed a kindred spirit. She has been through so much before the story begins and having the privilege of watching her grow stronger and work through her turmoil is an honor. Her journey isn't easy, but neither is Seth's, and together they stretch each other and help the other learn to move forward into happy and joy. Their romance was definitely a highlight of the story for me! The chemistry between them speaks for itself. :) I currently have book two quietly waiting while I savor the last bits of this one and am finally ready to dive into Caden's story. Because one of the big pluses of this series? Is the fact that they can all be read as stand-alones! I love that. (Also Caden's story promises to make me hungry for baked goods. As did this one, so be warned. ;) Read this one, friends! It's worth it, trust me.

  • Tandie
    2018-10-23 15:17

    I liked the story and the town was wonderful. Prince Edwards Island seems like a paradise and makes me think of Anne's outdoor wanderings.Marie was too fragile and helpless. I understand her traumatic experience and her father made her afraid, but she remains weak. I'm reading the second book, about Caden, the baker extraordinaire, and Marie is still crying about every problem! Overall, still a decent story. I'm enjoying Caden as a character a lot more than I liked Marie.

  • Brittany
    2018-11-14 11:15

    I really enjoyed The Red Door Inn, both the setting and the characters. It started off a little slow for me, however, I felt that it settled into a nice pace by the halfway point in the story. I grew up reading the Anne of Green Gables books, so it was wonderful to have the book set on Prince Edward Island. The author did a great job of describing life on the island, setting a relaxed feel for the book. And as for the characters, I really liked all of them. I have seen a few reviews that mentioned not liking Seth Sloane, especially at first. I actually did like him! He and Marie Carrington were both such wounded individuals. They reacted differently to their situations and we, the readers, were able to see them trying to find a new normal and learning to deal with their internal, emotional scars. When Seth reacted badly to a situation, it just reminded me that he had been very hurt in the past.I definitely recommend this book to fans of contemporary fiction, including those who enjoy the works of Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, and Beth Vogt.I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  • Rachel Brand
    2018-11-16 19:16

    I tend to go through phases with novels, consuming anything and everything in a genre until I get just a little bit burned out and have to move on to something new. A few years ago I was consumed with Amish fiction, before getting enamoured with historical romances. In the last couple of years I've turned my attentions to contemporary romances. While a lot of the novels I read are from the general market, I'm always on the look out for something new and refreshing from a Christian perspective. I'm a big fan of Robyn Carr and Kristan Higgins, and have yet to find a Christian author who writes contemporary romances that hit the spot the way these ladies do, but I've not given up hope! Liz Johnson's novel didn't quite meet all my requirements for an Absolutely Perfect Romance, but it was still an excellent story.“Forced to work together on a project” romances are among of my favourites. There's just something so appealing about stories where the hero and heroine would never otherwise meet each other, especially if they don't exactly hit it off and are still forced to cooperate for some greater good. The Red Door Inn had the added bonus of having a lot of realistic details about the immense amount of work needed to turn a house into a functioning B&B. I'm not one of those girls who gets excited over picking out paint colours—my idea of “decorating” involves chucking a few pillows on the couch and sticking a scented candle on an end table—but I did find the details in this novel really interesting. I now have a lot more respect for people who have the energy to completely redo a property! Even if I wasn't a contemporary romance junkie, I probably would have picked up The Red Door Inn for the simple fact that it's set on Prince Edward Island. Squee! I am such an L. M. Montgomery fangirl. As a preteen, I frequently reminded people that my middle name is Anne with an E. I have often bemoaned the fact that my hair is boring brown and not red (even now, at twenty-four). I've still hung on to all my Anne of Green Gables VHS tapes, even though I don't actually own a tape player. I have an entire bookshelf devoted to Montgomery's novels, including some interesting early editions that may have definitely seen better days. And the most embarrassing confession? Once, when I was twelve, I pretended to have a boyfriend named Gilbert. Yep. This is definitely my kind of book.So, let's address the L. M. Montgomery connection. Can you enjoy this book even if you've never read Anne of Green Gables? Absolutely! The tricky part about writing a novel that's influenced by a classic work is the accessibility to readers who aren't familiar with the original. Liz Johnson does a good job of letting the reader know about the connection—references to the fact that Marie herself is a Montgomery fan, brief mentions of quotes from novels or things about the island that remind Marie of the author and her books—but the references are never “in” jokes that newbies wouldn't understand. The reader isn't overloaded with information about the novel's inspiration, nor does this inspiration overshadow the story of Marie and the Red Door Inn. That said, as a self-confessed Montgomery fangirl, there were some parallels to her work that I read into the story. In all honesty, I'm not sure if they were intentional or if I was reading too much into it? Jack—Seth's uncle and the owner of the inn—really reminded me of Matthew Cuthbert, in the way that he takes Marie—practically an orphan like Anne—under his wing and gently guides her into her new life on the island. Caden felt a bit like Diana—a local girl who immediately connects with the protagonist, and is self-conscious about her appearance. Aretha could even be Rachel Lynde, without some of the sourness, in the way that she always knows what everyone was doing and isn't scared to speak her mind. Liz also captured the small-town feel that's reminiscent of Montgomery's novels, but none of these elements felt forced in any way. It was a fantastic homage to the writer.Aside from the PEI setting, one of the things that initially appealed to me about The Red Door Inn was the amount of baggage that the hero and heroine appeared to be carrying. I'm not big on squeaky clean heroes and heroines—stories are a whole lot more interesting when our protagonists are battling past hurts and figuring out how to love again. Marie's backstory was fantastically written. I don't want to give too much away, but Liz perfectly captured the fear and anxiety that hung over Marie because of the way she'd been abused, and showed just how terrifying it was to open up to someone new, even just a friend like Jack. I'm not going to lie, Marie's story is incredibly sad, and it's easy to get dragged into her struggles and find yourself feeling a bit down, but the whole situation was perfectly depicted. I was so pleased for Marie when she finally began reaching out to Seth. I mentally cheered her on as if she were a real-life friend, not a character in a book.Seth's story has definitely been done before. Not that this is always a bad thing—I love when authors put a new spin on an old story—but I did find myself getting a bit annoyed at the way he treated Marie. He was hurt and betrayed by his fiance, therefore he assumes all women are out to hurt men, therefore he doesn't trust Marie. Even though she's blatantly suffering from PTSD and actually having full-blown panic attacks right in front of him, he still thinks she's a gold-digger trying to get her hands on Jack's non-existent money? Ugh. His initial hesitance seemed realistic enough, but after a while I got a bit tired of his refusal to trust Marie. It felt like he spent the whole book edging closer to her and then immediately regressing to his previous fearful, skeptical attitude. I also wasn't entirely convinced by the issues they had at the inn—I could see why everything had to go wrong so that Marie would feel that she had to step in and help, but it also felt a bit unbelievable that so many things went wrong, one after the other. Jack's issues with loans and the bank also felt a little bit drawn out. None of these are major issues that I had with the story, just little things that niggled at me while I read.Unless you consider mixing up the wrong shade of paint to be a major point of tension, this isn't a terribly suspenseful story. No major external hurdles appear that prevent Marie and Seth from getting together, but that doesn't mean that their romance isn't satisfying when it does come to its conclusion. Their journey is slow-moving at times, but realistic given the struggles they're working to overcome. This is a beautiful story of two people learning to trust again, and the community that surrounds them and supports them as they grow together. I thoroughly look forward to revisiting The Red Door Inn and seeing the restoration and healing that it brings to future characters. Review title provided by Revell.

  • Alicia
    2018-10-27 11:14

    Three people with broken hearts find healing in magical Prince Edward Island, as they work together to renovate a bed and breakfast with a tight deadline and budget. Marie is hiding from her father and trying to put her life back together after a terrible incident; Seth is trying to forget his ex-fiancée and her betrayal, and Jack tries to bring to life his late wife's dream. I was charmed by the characters and setting (regarding the latter, who wouldn't be?), and while renovating a B & B doesn't sound like the most exciting premise for a story, I was interested the whole way through. I think I liked seeing each of the characters' transformations the best. As a side note- wishing that I could try one of Caden's (Marie's friend) pastries. All the food in this book sounded so good, haha.4 stars!

  • Staci
    2018-11-01 14:30

    Solid contemporary romance novel by new to me author Liz Johnson.The main characters are Seth and Marie. They come together at the beautiful Red Door Inn on Prince Edward Island. Marie gets there by God's guiding hand through his angel on earth Jack. The baggage both Seth and Marie carry keep them apart emotionally although they are together in the same home. I especially enjoyed the "knight in shining armor" moment that occurred toward the end of the novel.Secondary to Seth and Marie, were Jack, Aretha and Caden. They all added to the novel.I loved the description about Prince Edward Island and the bed and breakfast remodel. I could really visualize the island and the home.I got a bit frustrated at the beginning with not knowing why Marie was so guarded, but understood that eventually.Overall, it was a good read and I look forward to the next in the series. I recommend The Red Door Inn for fans of Robin Lee Hatcher and Katie Ganshert.Thank to Revell for an Advanced Reader Copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Sheila Holmes
    2018-10-31 12:13

    I got sick with a viral thingie and had to read it in chunks separated by days at a time. But even with the breaks, this author was at her usual best.I recommend... highly.

  • Cara Putman
    2018-11-14 13:28

    The Red Door Inn is a story of broken people desperate to find a place. It is a story of finding family in unusual places, and finding out who you are when everything has been taken from you. It is a story of coming to a place of healing when you've been shattered and wonder how you could ever be put back together. There's a thread of romance, and a setting so exquisite I long to go visit: Prince Edward Island.Marie Carrington is broken and betrayed in a deep way. Her pain is deep and cutting, and she's desperate - literally down to her last dollars. Then Jack Sloane offers her a place to stay and purpose, but it comes with his nephew Seth Sloane, a man who is equally broken and bitter from life. The one thing Marie and Seth share is a desire to help Jack make his deceased wife's dream of opening a B&B come true. The story is filled with a beautiful cast of characters, each of who shines a light on what it means to find family in unusual places, and how God can allow hard things to happen in our lives. This book felt like a vacation to the island I've longed to visit since the first time I read Anne of Green Gables. The pace is slow and sweet, and the redemptive thread pure. This is a great book for those who love contemporary romances that feel like a vacation.

  • Dawn
    2018-11-15 15:09

    I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slow, and there were things the eagle-eye editor in me noticed and would have changed/made better... but over all, I liked it and would recommend it. 😍

  • Courtney Clark
    2018-11-12 18:38

    An idyllic setting and story of a search for purpose come together in the launch of a new series by author Liz Johnson with the first book, The Red Door Inn, book 1 of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. This new contemporary romance has a relaxed, old-fashioned feel with nods to L.M. Montgomery's literary influence on the setting.Marie Carrington is running from something, though little detail is first revealed as to what compels her to escape a life of privilege. She finds refuge on Prince Edward Island in Canada with an aspiring inn owner, Charlie. He recognizes a longing in Marie that goes beyond her current penniless circumstances and seeks to honor the memory of his wife by engaging Marie's talent in interior design to add finishing touches to his inn. And, perhaps, offer a refuge to her wounded soul.Complications arise when Marie discovers Charlie's nephew, Seth, is a part of the project, as well. With relational baggage of his own and suspicions of Marie's motives, his prickly reception of her proves challenging to her future and her heart. With a tourist season deadline and waning budget, these struggling souls must attempt to set aside any differences and unite to renovate the Red Door Inn. In doing so, secrets from Marie's former life cause her to question the impact her presence could make on the lives of the people she is starting to care for.Against the backdrop of the enchanting setting and quaint B&B in the making, stories of broken pasts intertwine while Marie, Seth, and Charlie each face their own struggles with trust and finding new dreams. Memorable secondary characters offer insight and humor while secrets and romantic tension unfold between Marie and Seth. And, the main character of the second book is delightfully introduced by way of cinnamon rolls and scones.Woven through it all is a theme of joy -- sometimes found in the most unexpected places -- and often preceded by struggles and heartache. It begs this question: How can you recognize true joy without experiencing its opposites, pain and conflict? Each character must reconcile this concept in some way, realizing different blessings along the way.Liz Johnson's style is easy to read and instantly draws in the reader with her phrasing and moments of subtle humor. She paints a colorful, magnetic community that offers Marie a sense of belonging she's never experienced. All of this adds up to a full story that leaves the heart eager for the characters to find their own happily-ever-afters.A few of my favorite things about this book: the best pet name ever, Chapter the cat; a few plot elements that revolve around an antique typewriter; and, the mouth-watering baking of Marie's friend, Caden. She's the set main character of book 2, and I'm already excited to see more of her.Thank you to Revell Publishers for a review ARC in exchange for my honest review. A version of this review also appears on FamilyFiction.com.

  • Joleen
    2018-10-20 19:13

    Often I forget books I read, so I will write a synopsis in my review to look back on. But I've been told reviews aren't supposed to include much of the books content. So, bear in mind that although I haven't told the whole story, the gist of the story is revealed. Spoiler ahead...(view spoiler)[Marie Carrington is one of the most interesting characters I've read about in some months. The story starts with her cringing at everything, constantly fearful and suspicious. She jumps at even the thought of being touched, and a smile is the last thing she'd consider offering. You know right off the bat something had happened to her to make her world small and scary. She's running from something, but what?Along comes a kind, elderly gentleman named Jack who sees in her a youngster he wants to help, to shelter from whatever the world had thrown at her, to accomplish what his late wife, Rose, would have done - to take her in. Marie (which you don't find out for a while) is actually a college graduate, but her tiny appearance makes her seem much younger and fragile.In the few minutes they had on the seats waiting for a ferry, Jack manages to create a need only she can fill, which is to help him with decorating a bed and breakfast he's putting together from an old house he bought on Prince Edwards Island, home of many stories by L.M. Montgomery. Reluctantly she makes her way there with him, but once she arrives she's scared witless by the tall scary young man who ends up to be Jack's nephew, who is leery of her, and makes no bones about it.The story is of Marie's fear and Seth's mistrust, and trying to get along for Jack's sake, while renovating and decorating the soon-to-be-opened Red Door Inn. (hide spoiler)]What a great book. This is my first Liz Johnson book, but will not be my last. She is the kind of writer I so enjoy. Everything is relatable, or at the very least understandable.The characters of this tiny town are marvelous. The author does a great job describing them, and making you love them (except for Seth at first. He's just not likable at the beginning).I loved the way the author draws Marie. You automatically sympathize with her; you want to take her under your wing; you want everybody she comes in contact with to be the kind of person she can trust because you just don't want her to hurt anymore. You want her shaking to subside. When she jumps at every sound or touch, you want to ease her fears. You want to hug her during her panic attacks. You want Seth to stop being a poophead toward her. Mostly, you want her to heal.The book is so well done. I won't soon forget it nor the folks in its pages.And by the way...the title? The best. How could you forget a book called The Red Door Inn?

  • Caitlyn Santi
    2018-10-26 11:27

    This was my first read from this new-to-me author. So I didn't really know what to expect, but I was absolutely delighted with the story I discovered! I really liked main character Marie, my heart broke for all she had been through. While I grew to love Seth, I will admit that I wasn't immediately smitten with him, he actually really annoyed me in the beginning, but I did grow to like and even love him as a character. I loved the humor and banter sprinkled throughout this book. I loved that the characters were fixing up and bringing new life to an inn. And I loved the secondary romance between Jack and Aretha (They are such a cute couple!) just as much if not more than Marie and Seth's romance, I always love it when an author does something like that to give a book multi-generational appeal! I also loved the other secondary characters on PEI, I can't wait for Caden's book!Like your typical book nerd I grew up obsessed with Anne of Green Gables, so needless to say when I found out that this book was set on Prince Edward Island, I didn't need to know anything else about it to know that I wanted to read it! I think my favorite thing about this book was just that, the setting. I truly felt that I was really there and it made my desire to visit Prince Edward Island (Which is less than a day's drive from my home!) even stronger, I'll get there someday!!! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. And I highly recommend it. If this book sounds interesting to you, I think you should definitely read it! I would also recommend it to any and all fans of Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg and Susan May Warren, you won't want to miss this one!I am very much looking forward to book two in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, especially since I already know it's about Caden. And I am also looking forward to reading more of Liz's books (Especially her romantic suspenses!) in the future!I was honored to receive a review copy of this amazing book from Revell publishers in exchange for my honest review!

  • Susan Snodgrass
    2018-10-23 18:24

    I only heard of Liz Johnson as an author when I picked up one of her Love Inspired novels in Walmart last month. I enjoyed it very much and kept hearing about The Red Door Inn on Facebook. It sounded great, so I bought it. I just finished it and loved it! She has a very well crafted book, with believable characters (I loved these people!) and her descriptions are wonderful. The spiritual aspect of the book is also very nice and well done. Just exactly what I'd hoped for in Christian fiction. I now have a new author to follow.

  • Miranda Atchley
    2018-11-04 12:35

    Marie Carrington is running away from a painful past. Having grown up a fan of books set on Prince Edward Island, she thinks this majestic Canadian province is the perfect place to hide. Yet she doesn’t have two pennies to rub together, let alone the fare for a ferry ticket to PEI. When she meets an older man named Jack Sloane, who is a nice man, though very chatty, Marie is reluctant to accept his charity. Yet when he sees her eye for design, he offers her a job, which she accepts. Her hope is to earn enough money to begin a new life on the island.Seth Sloane’s main hope is to forget the pain of his ex-fiancé’s betrayal. When his uncle Jack decides to open an inn on Prince Edward Island in order to honor his late wife’s wishes, Seth is reluctant, yet agrees to leave San Diego to help with construction, seeing as he has nothing left in California, anyway. When Jack brings a pretty, yet skittish woman to help with design to the inn, Seth puts up his guard, afraid that Marie is only out to swindle his uncle out of his money- and ruin things for everyone involved.I’m a historical fiction fan at heart; it’s my favorite genre and what I read the most of. While I like to read contemporary fiction, I don’t usually enjoy it as much as I liked The Red Door Inn. It was just a really good book. I adore the setting. I’m a big L.M. Montgomery fan and I’ve always wanted to go there, so reading a book set on the island was so much fun. But the characters are what make a book and this book offers some great ones. I felt so sorry for Marie, but I really appreciated the message of hope that this story held not only for her, but for the other characters as well. Jack was such a sweet character; he reminded me a lot of Matthew Cuthbert. He’s that comforting, grandfather type of presence. I liked Seth, too. There were times when he got on my nerves with his assumptions, but I could see where he was coming from. The supporting characters here and there on the island were charming and it all tied together into a really good book.All in all, I loved The Red Door Inn. Fans of Christian romance will love this book with its charming seaside setting.I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Jaime Jo Wright
    2018-11-16 15:25

    A delightful romance set in the beautiful land of PEI Island. The author gave a beautiful homage to Anne and Montgomery but I did appreciate that she crafted a story very set apart from it. I enjoyed the storyline and the different elements to it I thoroughly enjoyed Jack’s character. Definitely my favorite. I think the author has penned a lovely romance and I look forward to reading more. For takeaways, I would say lovers of sweet romances will adore this novel. There are a well rounded batch of characters to keep it engaging and light. Readers wanting more beyond romance will potentially be disappointed, but then, I wasn’t and it’s also categorized as “romance” so ... :) But Expectations should clearly be romance and sweet story over. All in all, I’m a believer in the Red Door Inn.

  • Toni Shiloh
    2018-11-02 11:24

    Now I see why everyone likes this series so much. I adored The Red Door Inn and everything about it. Can't wait to finish out the series.

  • Rissi
    2018-10-25 17:21

    "The vibrant setting, lovable characters and sense of community support a gentle and memorable story in Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn."There are some books that stick with you from the very first time you hear about them. This was one of those novels. From the moment I saw the cover for The Red Door Inn, coupled with its series title, I knew it’d be a story well suited to my reading sensibilities.The story is about Marie Carrington, a woman on the run from a past she cannot forget. As she nears Prince Edward Island, she is befriended by a fellow traveler, Jack Sloane, a kindly older gentleman looking to make his deceased wife’s dream of a B&B realized. With some reluctance, Marie agrees to work for Jack as his interior decorator, and in exchange she finds herself a safe place to stay while she plans her future. While working with Jack, Marie also meets his nephew, Seth. A man embittered by heartbreak, Seth immediately recognizes something familiar in Marie. But he is distrustful of pretty faces—they always leave him—and Marie is on a hesitant journey of healing and second chances.The best stories combine the author’s nostalgia for something—a location, a character, a story arc—with new inspiration to become an entity of its own. Liz Johnson performs this perfectly in this cozy romance. Talented author that she is, Liz stepped outside the familiar comfort zone that most authors tend to write their characters into. The Canadian setting was already a unique idea, but moving it to Prince Edward Island (or PEI as it’s commonly referred to in these pages) was genius. Who among us doesn’t immediately think of Anne of Green Gables when we hear the very name? I know I do. The writing gives us a vivid visual armchair journey. To further reinforce the sense of nostalgia, Liz’s character, Marie is a fan of L.M. Montgomery.Since Liz has won awards for many of her romantic suspense novels, this story was a kind of debut for her. As her first with Revell, The Red Door Inn is everything a “debut” should be and then some. The characters have interesting and heartbreaking pasts which are, for the majority of the story, fleshed out and well written. Unfortunately, I did think Marie’s process of healing came with too little fanfare and her journey reaching this pinnacle felt a bit too easy. This being said, she’s still a compelling heroine as are the characters who surround her. Not only are Marie and Seth’s “notes” to each other an adorable romantic device, this book also contains one of the most swoon-worthy, spark-infused first kisses I’ve read in a long time. The chemistry crackles on the pages as does the “near miss” in the pages preceding it.The vibrant setting, lovable characters and sense of community support a gentle and memorable story in Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn. With each new page turned I was drawn a little more into the lives of these characters and by the time the story was through, I was wishing this wasn’t only the start of a new series. I was ready to step back inside the comfort of The Red Door Inn where a fresh cup of coffee is sure to be waiting along with a warm cinnamon roll.Sincere thanks to the publisher for an ARC copy of this novel for the purpose of reviewing it. This review first appeared on Life Is Story.

  • archdandy
    2018-10-23 16:20

    Marie is on the run from her old life and she decides to travel to Prince Edward Island because she's always loved the idea of the island from books she read as a kid. On the ferry she meet's Jack and he tells her all about this inn that he is renovating and wants her opinion on paint choices. He can see that Marie is in a bad way and decides to offer her a job as a decorator to help him with the inn. She accepts and once they get to the inn she meets Jack's grumpy nephew, Seth.Seth and Marie both have their own issues and hang ups from their pasts but despite all of that they still harbour an attraction to each other. It's not an easy path but they do eventually end up together and happy.I didn't hate this book but I don't think I liked it either. There were too many issues for me to really enjoy it. It wasn't necessarily the writing I had problems with, it was more the content. I didn't like how the author portrayed anxiety and anxiety attacks, I didn't like how Marie's rape was dealt with and how it was just kind of brushed off besides her having a panic attack once in a while, and I didn't like the added mix of religion thrown in. I don't have a problem with people believing whatever they want to believe but I wasn't expecting religion to pop up in this book. Usually I try to avoid books I know will have it so heavily in the story because I know I won't be able to look past it and I won't enjoy the book. It might not have been so bad if it had just been mentions of it here and there but it was thrown around quite a bit. At one point Jack even basically threatens Marie that if she doesn't come to church he won't let her stay in his house anymore. It changed my perception of Jack quite a bit which is a shame because I don't think that it was meant to. He promised her she would have a home as long as she needed one...but only as long as she believed in the same things he did and followed his region. Yuck! One of the other things that really annoyed me was the portrayal of gender roles in this book. Any time there was a meal prepared or the characters ate it was always because a women had prepared it or cooked it for them. The men were apparently incapable of cooking for themselves because they were such 'bachelors'. There were a lot of silly thoughts and things Jack and others said about Marie when she first arrived at the inn about her weight, how she was just a "waif of a girl" and other nonsense about her needing to put on more weight. It rubbed me the wrong way.Overall the story was quite slow and I think at point I was on like 174 and literally the only they the characters had done was buy a few antiques and paint some walls. Unfortunately I don't think I will be continuing on with this series.*I received a copy of this from Goodreads First Wins in exchange for an honest review

  • Nicki Olsen
    2018-10-23 16:32

    *My Thoughts*Um. Wow. If someone asked me to sum up this book in one word...well... Ah-mazing. I really do think I am too much of a creature of habit sometimes. I always expect an author that is new to me, to be "semi-okay". Those poor, poor authors... :D Seriously though, I find an author I love, and I stick with them. I honestly think God was laughing when I decided to review new books. It was like taking everything I usually did, and doing the exact opposite. Thank goodness I did! This book is a GEM. I expected a casual, pick-up-when-I-have-time kind of read...I got a can't-put-it-down-to-eat kind instead. I read it in 3 1/2 hours straight on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It was heartfelt and hopeful with healthy doses of healing, love, and the sweetest characters ever. I fell in love with Prince Edward Island all over again, and the second Liz inserted a little hint at the red-headed Anne girl I'd always loved, I fell in love with The Red Door Inn. So thank you, Liz. You have now completely opened my eyes to the world of new beginnings, new thing, and most especially, new authors. (You've also firmly established my love for B&Bs!) I assure you, The Red Door Inn sits firmly in it's spot in my room, and on my top 5 favorites of 2016 list._______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give The Red Door Inn... 5 stars!!_______________________________________________*I received this book from Litfuse, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.

  • Renee
    2018-10-30 16:37

    I'm always a little nervous when I buy or review a book from an author who is new to me. Having never read a book by Liz Johnson, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. Was I wasting my time or would I discover another great Christian fiction author? Hint: Immediately after reading Red Door Inn I was searching for the next book in the series to add to my Goodreads list. So, yes, I really enjoyed this romance!Marie Carrington isn't the typical romance heroine. I doubt I've ever encountered anyone as skittish and distrustful of everyone, but for good reason. Seth Sloane is also hurting, but for reasons very different from Marie. He's that gruff type, jaded by love, unwilling to be open with anyone let alone a stranger he thinks is taking advantage of his beloved uncle. The story of The Red Door Inn is a romance. I think Marie deserved a bit more closure. I would have liked to see her confront her past and the man who hurt her feel the full force of the law. As I noted, it is a romance novel first and as a romance, it does not disappoint. The scenes between Seth and Marie and even Jack and his lady friend make the heart sigh. The men of PEI sure do have a way with the ladies! The Red Door Inn is a story that is sure to delight fans of contemporary romance and have them begging for Caden's story. *I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

  • Kav
    2018-11-14 13:37

    Wow...just...wow. My Anne-girl lovin' heart is all a twitterpated over the Prince Edward Island setting but when I discovered that heroine Marie also has an affinity for Anne and even carries around a dog-eared copy of Anne of Green Gables? Well that's book nirvana right there. Marie is such an intriguing character -- she's a mystery right from the start. It's clear that she is a wretched shell of herself but why? Johnson draws out that answer with an intermittent slow reveal. Utterly riveting. I didn't want to stop reading until I knew it all and then, when I did, my eyes leapt over the words on the pages anxiously searching for the point when Seth discovers the answers as well. Of course that meant I just couldn't put The Red Door Inn down until I reached the end...and had a good cry. Seth's plain mean from the start. Yes, he's carrying a world of hurt after a brutal betrayal but he's using Marie as a scapegoat. He's quick to judge and unwilling to trust and I just wanted to smack him upside the head a time or two...or maybe three. They are on shaky ground for quite a while until a tenuous truce develops. And when the stirrings of romance begin to unfurl...be still my heart. Reader delight! An engaging plot, a solid inspirational thread and the magic of PEI all conspired to hold me spellbound. And, oh happy day! This is only the first book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. The next one comes out in September.Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

  • Dana
    2018-10-21 16:18

    Have you ever read a book so good that you forgot you were reading a book? Almost as if you were in your own life? That's how well written and engrossing The Red Door Inn is! I caught myself wanting to enter into conversations in the book. Or wanting to reach out to Marie during one of her panic attacks. The characters were so well drawn that I felt like I knew them personally. And, this never happens, I was moved to tears once or twice because of the experiences of the main characters. There is a place where kindness lives... it's called PEI. I loved it when I read Anne of Green Gables and I love it even more now. It's what has drawn Marie to this place after a devastating New Year's Eve. Jack Sloan is the embodiment of that kindness even though his own heart is grieving, so it only makes sense that he would invest in a property on the Island. And poor Seth is just so angry, he has no comprehension of kindness, until Marie happens to him. All three brought to PEI in a divine, heart changing appointment.And that's all the story line you will get from me. If you want to know what happens, you will need to read this book... and believe me, you really need to read this book. I received a readers copy of this book, but this review is an honest review of this book based on my response to the book.

  • Maureen Timerman
    2018-11-11 11:16

    As the book opens we meet Jack, such a wonderful kind and Godly man, he has such a big heart and when he meets Marie, he takes pity on her and buys her a ticket on the ferry, and this kindness is about to change her life forever.Jack’s life is up in the air, but he opens his home to Marie, giving her a small apartment in his home, that has already been promised to another. Jack is working to make his deceased wife’s Ruth dream come alive; he is opening a bed and breakfast. We are about to meet another broken person, Seth, he has been betrayed in the worst way.Unknown to Jack or Seth, Marie has an eye for decorating, and throws her hand into everything, trying to bury the pain. These are three broken individuals and you can see God’s hand in putting them together. Because of Marie and her needs and love she finds here in being part of a family, she opens their world to meet others in PEI, and they become a much more extended family.Many secrets are revealed here, and you will be shocked at how some of them are handled, and others are so sweet.This is book one and I loved it and see that there is a sequel coming in the Fall 2016, I can’t wait!I received this book through the Revell Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.