April 21, 2016

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

This is a modern day Christian romance novel set on the famous Prince Edward Island.
It is the first in a series by Liz Johnson with the second one due out in the fall of 2016.

The story revolves around Marie Carrington who is fleeing from her past.  She leaves her home in Boston to head north to Canada to escape the recent events that are haunting her and bringing her to full blown panic attacks at every turn.  Escaping is not enough, though, because she must hide her location from her family and former community, also.  Her father must not find her or he will drag her back to relive all of it again in a very public way.  She must not be forced to face it all again.

A kind stranger named Jack, an elderly gentleman, crosses her path and steps in to help her.  He is struggling with his own burden of trying to get a bed and breakfast up and running in his small community.  He is seeking to honor his wife, Rose, who passed away some time ago by opening a place that can shelter others from the storms of life and bring healing to all who stay there.  Jack offers Marie a job without knowing anything about her past and she reluctantly accepts the work and the place to stay.  The drawback is that she will have to work alongside Jack's angry nephew, Seth, to bring the bed and breakfast up to standard to get it opened on time.

Jack, along with a whole cast of characters, begins to take Marie in and treat her as family.  She begins to find her passion in life as God draws her closer and begins to peel away the layers of hurt and rejection.  

It is a familiar theme with a predictable but enjoyable romance or two along the way and a beautiful picture of how God the Father is the perfect Father unlike many of our own.  As Marie begins to see that God the Father is not like her own harsh father at all and that He really does seek to show her a better life full of love and forgiveness and second chances.

I did enjoy this book.  As many of you know, I am not typically a fiction reader but this one was a lovely read about a place so many of us long to see someday.  Prince Edward Island is spoken of so often in the Maud Montgomery novels and it is depicted beautifully in this novel.  Marie is a fan of the Montgomery novels as well.  

It struck a chord with me because it is set around a bed and breakfast and a small community with an antique shop, a scrumptious bakery that made me hungry every time it was mentioned and, of course, the beauty that surrounded all of it.  The characters from the community are absolutely charming and lovable for the most part.

I am certainly interested in reading the sequel to continue the story of the people in this story.

I would give it a 4 out of 5.

Want to know more about Liz Johnson and her books?

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This book was sent to me free of charge by Baker Publishing Group's Revell division in exchange for an honest read and review.

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