4 out of 5 stars
THE RED DOOR INN was a genuine story with heartwarming characters.
Marie Carrington leaves Boston, trying to put as much space between her and the past that haunts her. With a fixation on Prince Edward Island, she finds herself at the ferry but without enough money to buy a ticket. A chance meeting with Jack Sloane gets her not only passage on the ferry but a job at his yet to be opened bed and breakfast. Marie immediately feels a connection with the fatherly Jack, but not his nephew Seth Sloane. Seth is rude, standoffish, and makes Marie feel very uncomfortable. She contemplates leaving but Jack needs her help and feminine touches if the Red Door Inn is going to open on time. Marie works hard to hide her fragile emotions and keep her distance from Seth. But over time, she sees another side of Seth. He’s a hard worker, loves his uncle fiercely, and his softer attitude towards her makes his drop dead good looks all the more attractive.
Seth Sloane doesn’t trust Marie. She shows up out of nowhere and worms her way into helping his uncle decorate his B and B. Though she’s quiet, timid, and keeps to herself, Seth is sure she’s working some kind of con on Jack. Seth knows all the signs since he was recently conned and fleeced of his life’s savings. He might’ve been blinded by love, but he refuses to let it happen to Jack. He has every intention of keeping his eye on Marie until he can expose her for what she is. But the longer he watches Marie, the harder it is for him to see her as the opportunist he pegged her to be.
THE RED DOOR INN pulls together three people who are all dealing with their own kind of loss. As they each navigate their own path to healing, they find that accepting help from others is what will help them find restoration.
Liz Johnson’s characters were so engaging it was easy to get lost in THE RED DOOR INN. Jack is the perfect fatherly type to both Seth and Marie. Having no kids of his own, he relishes the time spend with these young people. Marie’s fear and distrust is understandable, as is Seth’s cynical disposition. Secondary characters of Aretha and Caden are quirky and lovable and make North Rustico all the more inviting. THE RED DOOR INN is the perfect book to read curled up next to a fire, cocoa in hand.
Book provided for review purposes.
Available March 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.