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On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson | Book review by Loraine Nunley #bookreview

What is this book about?

Fifteen years after she left Prince Edward Island, Natalie O’Ryan had no plans to return. But when her fiancé, music producer Russell Jacobs, books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose’s Red Door Inn, she sets out to put the finishing touches on the perfect wedding. But she can’t possibly prepare for a run-in with Justin Kane–the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin’s never forgotten Natalie or the music career he always dreamed of pursuing. He’d been prepared to follow her off the island until his dad died and he was left to run the family dairy farm. He’s done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him–but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he’s been missing.

After Natalie’s reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin’s property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin discover the groundwork for forgiveness–and that there may be more than an old friendship between them.

My review:

I so enjoyed coming back to Prince Edward Island and visiting the Red Door Inn again. The descriptions of this place make me want to pack a suitcase and go on a vacation to those gentle shores. I particularly loved that a lighthouse played such a big role in the story.

Natalie was such a fragile soul given her childhood and I liked how she managed to overcome those circumstances to become a more confident person. At the same time, being back at the island caused some of her insecurities to surface and I could absolutely relate to her fears. Being an adult did not protect her from those feelings.

Justin was Natalie’s best friend and her champion. Best of all, he loved her including her insecurities. They were destined to find their way back to each other and it was a sweet gentle ride.

It was nice to see familiar faces from the previous books and I particularly liked the interactions between Marie (from the first book) and Natalie.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The friendship and love that Justin offered Natalie even when he didn’t want to.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I didn’t care for Natalie’s fiancé and sometimes found myself wanting to take Natalie aside and ask her what she was thinking.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. The romance was sweet and the characters were relatable people. This is the third book in the series. It can be read as a standalone but I do think that Marie’s backstory, which is in the first book, gives some of their interactions more meaning.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Liz Johnson, author website

-Loraine Nunley

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