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The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

What is this book about?

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.

My review:

As a fan of the Anne of Green Gables stories, I was immediately drawn to this story for the simple fact that it was set on Prince Edward Island. In keeping with those stories, this book had some very colorful and lovable characters.

At first Marie seems like more of a child than a woman, but as the story goes on and we learn why she needs a sanctuary, she begins to blossom. I really liked the growth of her character throughout. I liked that she had a backbone. It is hidden at first, but as her confidence grows, so does the strength in her personality.

Seth was a funny character for me. I liked him from the start, but there were a few times when I wanted to shake some sense into him, and yet I could actually relate to his surliness while protecting his uncle’s interests.

The romance between Seth and Marie was sweet and natural which, when you consider Marie’s background, could have been too rushed. I thought the author wrote it very well.

I couldn’t let this story go without mentioning that I really loved the secondary characters as well: Seth’s uncle, who played a pivoting role in the whole thing, the antique dealer who was just so much fun every time she graced the pages, and the local baker, who has her own story in the next book of this series.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The development of Marie’s character as she gained confidence throughout the story.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Sometimes Seth was a little overbearing in his protectiveness of his uncle.

Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely. I loved the characters and the way that the naturalness of the romance. This is the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

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

Liz Johnson, author website

-Loraine Nunley

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