This is the first book in a series. Last year I reviewed the second book, Where Two Hearts Meet (review), as part of a Lone Star Book Blog Tour. I was so excited to find the series on Hoopla and be able to read the first installment.
Contemporary / Romance / Christian Fiction
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? (Goodreads)
I really enjoyed this book.
I liked that the characters didn’t like each other at first.
Marie is dealing with a lot of internal struggles, and the people and beauty of Prince Edward Island help her find the ability to breathe and begin to heal, giving her the strength to do what needs being done.
Seth is reeling from his own recent past, and is instantly suspicious of Marie and her motives. It takes a while, but he realizes he can’t allow the shadows of his past to darken the present.
They had to earn one another’s trust, slowly opening to each other to allow civility, friendship, and eventually romance, to blossom.
There’s a whole secondary cast of characters that are fun to be around, too! Jack, the fatherly owner of The Red Door Inn who shows Marie what it’s like to have a father that cares. Aretha, the antique shop owner with a twinkle in her eye. And Caden, the amazing pastry chef who might just be the missing piece of the Inn.
If you enjoy sweet romances with personal growth, a bit of faith, and a spot of wit, I think you’d very much enjoy checking this book out.