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?

Titles in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series include:  The Red Door Inn – When Two Hearts Meet – On Love’s Gentle Shore

Title:  The Red Door Inn
Series:  Prince Edward Island Dreams #1
Author:  Liz Johnson
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction
Published:  March 1, 2016
My Rating:  4 stars

After finishing The Red Door Inn I realized that I really hadn’t a clue what I expected in this novel.  Romance, island location – yes, I expected that, but what I got was so much more.  Be prepared to dive into a story of pain and healing, lies and truth, strangers and family and the realization that what one sees on the surface is far from the reality of any person.

Marie is intent on escape.  She desperately wants to get to Prince Edward Island, but it seems her journey’s end is going to come up short if not for the kindness of a stranger.  It won’t take long to realize that Marie’s absolute fears have a horrendous reason for existing.  She’s been let down on so many levels that there is nowhere to fall now, not even further down.  One kind elderly man sees something in Marie, something that he intends to help with even over her objections.  This is a young woman who needs kindness and help – so why not him.  Jack is opening a bed and breakfast on the island, and from the small snatches of conversation he offers Marie a place to stay, work to do and wages that she obviously needs.  He might not understand that he’s saving a life, but he knows desperation when he sees it.

Seth is Jack’s nephew and he’s helping to get the bed and breakfast renovated for a rapidly nearing opening date.  Seth has lost so much, he’s bitter, angry and suspicious of just about everyone – especially Marie.  These three people must form a bond, and work together to make Jack’s beloved, deceased wife’s dream a reality.  It’s not going to be easy for disaster after chaos after troubles seems determined to stop this dream.  Over the course of The Red Door Inn we’ll watch as three people form a family, love develops and is just as quickly struck down.  A happy ending, yes, eventually.  But there is a lot of healing, forgiving and learning that must happen before Marie and Seth or even Jack are ready for a happy future.

I don’t know if I will continue this series.  To be quite frank, my book budget doesn’t run to the cost of the third e-book very often… time will tell on that decision.  Nonetheless, I’m very glad that I did read The Red Door Inn.  This is a story of healing for many people – yet it is healing at a cost for often pain must be dealt with before a wound can heal over.  And this story rips bandages off frequently.  Marie captivated me from the start.  Her story is so painful that words cannot describe.  Jack is a kind, gentle man who wants to fulfill his wife’s dream but at the cost of his own.  Seth was very difficult for me to warm up to… right up until the ending even.  He is so angry and it shows in every word, every action, every reaction.  Even after finishing the story I’m still up in the air as to how I feel about Seth.

In all I enjoyed this story.  It is more Women’s Fiction, even though there is Romance woven into the story.  This is a story that will bring out emotions.

I own an copy of this story.

Available for the Kindle