On Love's Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams Book #3): A Novel

On Love's Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams Book #3): A Novel

by Liz Johnson

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781493407200
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,448
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as director of marketing for a Christian radio network. She is the author of several novels including The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.
Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Red Door Inn, Where Two Hearts Meet, On Love's Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. Director of marketing for a Christian radio network, she makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.

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On Love's Gentle Shore: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Frustrated bride-to-be must complete all wedding arrangements without her groom-to-be’s promised help. I love a good love story. On Love’s Gentle Shore, part of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, gave me a warm, cozy feeling as I read each page. I felt the bride’s frustrations as her fiancé left her on her own to make all their wedding arrangements. How would their romance progress if he absented himself? Natalie O’Ryan had left Prince Edward Island with no intentions of ever returning. Then her fiancé booked their wedding at the Red Door Inn in her hometown. The product of a dysfunctional family, Natalie felt everyone on the island, with rare exceptions, looks down on her. And now, arranging all the details for her wedding falls to her when her fiancé returns to Nashville to handle some business problems. Justin Kane, her best friend from childhood, still lives there. He had never forgotten his feelings for Natalie and had never understood why she abandoned him with no word of why she left. Now he runs a successful dairy farm and makes the best of the life that differs greatly from what he had planned. Romance does not enter his mind. Natalie had remade herself into a new person while in Nashville. But the island people remind her of her upbringing. She manages to stay basically in hiding until the venue for her wedding reception falls through. One of the island residents spitefully holds a grudge against her. Now Natalie must search for a new place to hold her reception. The only place large enough for the affair happens to be an abandoned building on the Kane farm. Johnson, a new-to-me author, creates wonderful characters put in impossible situations. I loved watching the interaction between Justin and Natalie. I also loved the insights into their romance Liz lays out for us as the story progresses toward the wedding. You will love the book too. Four stars! Liz Johnson works as a director in marketing when she not writing. The author of more than a dozen novels, she plots them out with care. She also plots out her next trip to Prince Edward Island. Liz lives in Tucson, Arizona. Revell, a division of the Baker Publishing Group, gave me a copy of On Love’s Gentle Shore, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This book was oh-so-angsty and I loved it! Natalie is in some serious denial through most of the book which frustrated me, but in a good way- I was totally consumed by the need for her to open her eyes and see how much better the alternate path would be. I loved seeing her process all the hard stuff as she reconciled with Justin and realized how much their separation devastated him too. Renewing her friendship with him also woke up a dormant part of her personality that she had suppressed, and it was interesting to see the clash between the submissive fiancé Russell knows versus the vibrant, funny, passionate woman Justin sees. I loved reading from Justin's perspective and how deep his feeling run, even though he attempts to be the strong and silent type. The amazing setting of the island and the Red Door Inn was a huge part of the book and I loved that the characters from the previous books played important roles in this book as well. One of my favorite scenes was the "kitchen party" where Justin and other musicians came together to play and we see how he puts his feelings about Natalie into his songs. A wonderful conclusion to the series and I highly recommend reading them all! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
♥♥I couldn't put it down ♥♥ Wow! When I started reading this book, I didn't realize it was third in a series so I had a bit of a challenge to figure out the who's who but once I did, I was hooked! There are many layers to this story and its characters that are beautifully revealed throughout the whole book. A tome it is not, so the few hours it took to read it sped by. Yes, I read it in one sitting! Liz Johnson is a new-to-me author and I can assure you I will be looking for her books from now on. She writes realistic scenarios making it easily relatable. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a firm Christian foundation, this is a book you should read.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
On Love’s Gentle Shore is the 3rd book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series. You will see Natalie O’Ryan, as she is returning to Prince Edward Island after a fifteen year absence. Her fiance, Russell Jacobs, thought she would be excited to return to the island for her wedding; unfortunately, this is the last place on earth that Natalie would select! From the moment that Natalie takes her first step back onto the island, her mind is filled with the memories of the abuse she suffered, from both of her parents, in this place! Not only does Natalie have to deal with several islanders putting roadblocks in her attempts to make plans for her wedding, but she also needs to make amends with her best friend, Justin Cade, whom she has had no contact with in the past fifteen years! As Justin attempts to help Natalie with her planning, in the absence of her fiance; their friendship seems to be blooming again. However, when Natalie's father's face suddenly appears on the scene; you have no idea what will take place next. Hang on for this wild ride to see if this wedding ever comes together, and if Natalie is finally able to forgive her father for the pain and suffering he allowed to touch her world!
rkfall More than 1 year ago
On Loves Gentle Shore is book 3 in a series and I found that I just read through it without having read through the other 2 with no problems. It stands alone well although it was excellent and now I want to read the other two as well. That’s a nice “problem” to have, isn’t it? This book flows so well and it’s a page-turner. It touches on forgiveness and I loved the help that was given in support of Biblical forgiveness. In it is mentioned going forward and the advice given was “I suppose you do the next right thing.” The comment that we can carry bitterness around like a security blanket was thought provoking. I highly recommend this author and this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
Another great contemporary romance written by Liz Johnson. This is the third installment of Prince Edward Island Dreams series but can totally be read as a stand-alone. Actually all three books can be read as stand-alones, though reading Where Two Hearts Meet (book 2) prior to this book will give a nice background story to Caden and Adam. Adam is Russell's brother and a big reason why Russell and Natalie come to PEI for their wedding. The setting of Prince Edward Island is beautiful. I've never been to the area but felt totally transported to this world of beauty and majesty through the book. Ms. Johnson's writing, as always, is smooth, flawless, and delicious, like a good piece of milk chocolate. There is a good dose of humor in the book, especially in the dialogue between Justin and Natalie. Just a warning to y'all who don't like love triangles - there is one here. I have to state this disclaimer: I really dislike love triangles, especially when there is an engagement involved between the couple and a third person is thrown into the mix. My dislike of this particular plot premise in no way affected my love for this book because the book is THAT good. Natalie is a broken woman with a past that she clings to so tightly. She left PEI and reinvented herself in Nashville but returns to PEI, on fiancé Russell's insistence, to have their wedding on the island. She's so insecure in who she is that she's not even sure who she is anymore. Russell is a top-notch record producer in Nashville who is busy getting his artists' records to top the charts that he barely has room for anything else in his life. Of course, I felt drawn to Russell simply because he is Adam's brother. And then there is Justin. A broody, scowl-y, loyal to the core dairy farmer who once had a dream of making it big as a singer. Sure, he still writes songs and performs in the little town but never got over the pain Natalie caused him so many years ago. But he is totally a swoon-worthy hero once we see the tough outer layer peeled back. The road to forgiveness is hard for everyone, especially for Natalie. The theme of true forgiveness, repentance, and redemption is so clear throughout the book. The redemption we have only through Jesus is underscored in the thoughts and words of several of the characters in the story. Anyone who enjoys a well-written, thought-provoking, soul-stirring contemporary Christian romance will appreciate this book. I totally recommend all three books in this series. I received an ARC of the book from Revell via NetGalley. I was not required to write a review or a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this series - especially since I love the setting of Prince Edward Island. At first I found it hard to embrace the character of Natalie, but came to accept her and all that she learns during the course of the book. I loved the ending - and the message that WE must choose to forgive in order to not suffer from bitterness, and to be our own true self no matter what. There were lovely moments throughout the book - as happened in all of the books in this series.
DianaFlow More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars~ Once again author Liz Johnson sweeps the reader away to glorious Prince Edward Island—where the lighthouse beams across the dark waters and magically illuminates the coves and cliffs and verdant meadows spring alive with wildflowers! Who wouldn't wish to go there? Our heroine, Natalie O'Ryan, that's who. Having no plans to return after she left 15 years prior, her fiance Russell Jacobs books their wedding there, and Natalie reluctantly agrees. At first I didn't like Natalie at all. I thought she was rude and childish and treated her lifelong friend, Justin Kane, like dirt. Their constant immature squabbling almost made me put the book down until all of a sudden I "got" it. Having a similar childhood as Natalie, I finally understood her and I would not have wanted to be there either...no matter how beautiful North Rustico is. Justin has the patience of a saint, but can he actually help plan Natalie's wedding? Not to mention the fact that Russell holds the key to everything Justin has ever dreamed of. Is forgiveness and healing from all the pain and bitterness in their future—and perhaps more? What a touching story. More than simply a romance, On Love's Gentle Shore explores the terrible atrocity of child abuse and the lingering affects from it. I so loved that the previous characters in Red Door Inn were back, but this book can be read well as a stand alone. Beautifully written and set in the perfect locale, readers everywhere will be stirred by this wonderful story of healing, forgiveness, and tender romance.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
This third novel in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series culminates with a story of old love, family forgiveness, and uncovered dreams. The hope in these themes moves the characters along not knowing where they will find themselves. People from the former books connect the series. The beauty of the island adds to the mix with the lighthouse as a main focus. Natalie O’Ryan fights against a town who has pegged her as the town drunk’s daughter but can she hold her head high on her own? Will her wedding finally happen? I recommend On Love’s Distant Shore. You may connect as characters work out the best way to live their lives with God’s help. I received a copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
Digging4Pearls More than 1 year ago
Natalie O'Ryan never planned on returning to Prince Edward Island. When her fiancé suggests they marry on the island, she has a hard time telling him why her homeland holds painful memories. The couple arrive weeks before their wedding to arrange all the details. What she hadn't counted on was being partnered with her old friend when business calls her intended away from the island. The last thing Justin Kane ever wanted was to help the woman he loves prepare things for her upcoming marriage. His heart was broken when she ran away without a word. Can he work through the pain of their past and start to forgive her? I found On Love's Gentle Shore to be a fun book that brought in the characters from the first two books in the series as well. Liz succeeded to move me from laughter to tears as I went along with the journey of Natalie and Justin as they found their way back together again. What a beautiful story of God's unconditional love for us. This book was provided for free. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All thoughts expressed here are my own. - 2017
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
As the conclusion to a beloved series, Prince Edward Island Dreams, On Love's Gentle Shores by Liz Johnson continued the sweet and picturesque scenery one can easily visualize through the words. I really enjoyed Where Two Hearts Meet, paving way to an anticipation for the other books in the series. The gentle yet tension towards love seems to fit harmoniously with the setting and the characters. Unfortunately, the slow start in On Love's Gentle Shores did not help in getting me connected with the characters. However, once we hit the mid point, it gets better and better, with a few surprises leading to the finale that warrants readers to stride through. As disconnected I was with both Justin and Natalie, I still felt their connection towards each other, and how well crafted this story is. The author's words are poetic at times to entice readers, and I love that about it. In all, a great story and a great good-bye. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series and I have loved them all. This is a wonderful romance. Natalie and Justin are great characters. Planning weddings is very stressful. Will Natalie be able to stay on an island that she hated when she was growing up. Can Justin handle being around Natalie who he loved when they were young. I love how this book ends. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
On Love’s Gentle Shore is the third installment of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series and I enjoyed going back to the island for a visit. This time we have a very reluctant Natalie O’Ryan coming back home, a place she never wanted to see again or the people that lived there. Her fiancé, Russell, wants to have their wedding there and there is so much that Natalie is not telling him. But the one person she really wants to avoid is her childhood best friend Justin Kane; when she left she left things much unfinished with him. When they meet up again, sparks fly and the anger and animosity they feel towards each other just may be the feelings and the love they have had seething deep inside for 15 years. And Natalie, poor, sweet girl that she was needs to come to terms with her terrible childhood and the townspeople who made her and her family the subject of gossip. Did anyone ever really love her when she was just a little girl? This is something that Natalie will need to discover as she goes back home to marry a man that may not even know the real her. Poignant and emotionally stirring, a story of wanting to be loved and known for the real you yet terrified of the possible rejection because you just might not be enough. Getting to see and visit with previous characters, this final edition rounds out the series nicely. I was provided with a copy of this novel through Revell. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Chautona More than 1 year ago
What book did I love so much that I read it twice? In a row? On Love’s Gentle Shore. That one. Confession: when I saw the title, I rolled my eyes. I did. Between it sounding like a knock off of the Janette Oke series (sorry, Liz… it did!) and just being the kind of sappy title I can’t stand, it just made me cringe. And then Liz Johnson had to go and write a song lyrics that made it not only a meaningful title, but the best to showcase her story. This book is deeper than the others in the series. Yes, the first dealt with difficult subjects, the second with our insecurities, but this one… this one strikes at the heart of that we don’t like to think about or discuss. But Ms. Johnson doesn’t just lay out the ugliness of life and show how people pick up the pieces. She shows how others try to help—and how sometimes those attempts fail. She shows how deeply those uglies permeate into our very souls. She shows the beauty of what happens when Jesus steps in. You know, Jesus doesn’t just wash the feet of His disciples. He washes the filth from our lives—our hearts—our souls. And I’ve rarely seen it shown so well as in On Love’s Gentle Shore. I know I’m supposed to talk about characterization—fabulous, by the way. And, I’m also supposed to let you know about story consistency and if she managed to get the setting right (perfect scores on both, by the way). Sappy types will want to know if there are sufficient toe curling or “stick-your-head-in-the-freezer” kisses. There’s one. And it was one of the few I’ve ever actually read. I tend to skim over those things. I read this one. It’s hard to explain why it was so different—why I could stand to do something that usually makes me uncomfortable. Look, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to read it again. I’m not naive enough to think this emotional high will last forever, but as I read this story, I saw a beautiful picture of Jesus’ love for us. And that kiss just seemed to mean more than hormones and endorphins and all that. And the technical stuff? The book is beautifully written with detail not only to the story, the setting, and the characters, but also to word choice and accuracy. Just the fact that she spoke in terms of meters instead of yards shows how well Ms. Johnson immersed herself into Canadian culture. Memorable quotes—they abound. However, I can’t bring myself to share them. Out of context, they lose their richness. That is how beautifully woven this story is. But one line sums up just how authentic the characters feel. I mean, c’mon. “…and he’d never wanted to punch a pastor more”? Perfection. Five stars. No hesitation at all in that assessment. Readers who love redemptive stories with strong, flawed characters and a generous dose of realistic romance will love this book. I suspect readers who don’t will like it a lot, too!
BethErin More than 1 year ago
While I didn't pick this series up right away, the rave reviews and the appearance of an auburn-haired lady (and bold green accents) on the cover of the final book expelled all my "too good to be true" hesitations. With her fiery hair and simmering temper, Natalie O'Ryan's character gives a deft nod to our beloved Anne yet she is an independently endearing heroine in her own right. My heart ached for Natalie as her backstory was revealed throughout the book. While the Prince Edward Island Dreams series is a great read for all fans of Christian contemporary fiction, it is an extra special adventure for those of us who love Anne, Gilbert, and their island home. I highly recommend this entire series! Once you experience one story, reader friends, you will want to read them all! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
Book 3 in the Prince Edward Island Dream series has just been released. My girlie and I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. I just finished reading the third book and it is just as enjoyable as the first two. Marie, Seth, Jack Aretha, Caden and Adam are all back for a new adventure along with an old friend and resident of the island named Natalie. Natalie returns home to plan her wedding but her troubled past will make the whole process harder than she could possibly imagine. We get to enjoy Rose's Red Door Inn bed and breakfast and it's guests along with the local diner, and a local dairy farm and it's owners this time around. Caden is still cooking up the best breakfast in the area as the executive chef of the inn. She is continually delighting all of her guests on a daily basis while teaching a cooking class and working part time with a cooking school for teens. There is lots of local color on the shores of Prince Edward Island including an old lighthouse. It is a sweet but twisty story that keeps you guessing right up to the very last chapter. There are beautiful pictures of love and forgiveness that permeate the stories of the people of the island. I would give this one a 4 out of 5 as well. It is a delightful series. This book was sent to me free of charge by the Revell Publishing branch of Baker Publishing. The only thing they ask in return is that I read the book and give an honest review. I gladly recommend this Christian fiction series to you!
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
One look at the cover, title, and premise of this book and I wanted to grab it and start reading. The setting on Prince Edward Island is enticing, and the author excelled at describing its beauties and people. The characters are authentic, memorable, and endearing. The secondary characters are perfectly drawn, and I absolutely adored Natalie and Justin, the main characters. The depth of their friendship was beautifully portrayed, and the tender message of forgiveness, caring, and hope is seamlessly woven into the story. For me, it was a deeply moving, beautifully crafted story that left me wanting to read more of this author’s books and also had me putting Prince Edward Island on my bucket list of places to visit. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.
CameraCourt More than 1 year ago
On Love’s Gentle Shore continues the sweetly romantic style of this series with a final story bringing some previous characters full circle and new ones a hard-won joy. One thing I’ve really enjoyed about this series is that each novel has been vastly different — the first having a hint of suspense (The Red Door Inn), the second a unique story of happiness (Where Two Hearts Meet), and this third one a new twist on a romantic trope with deep roots of friendship. While each can stand independently, overall they encompass themes of joy and belonging — and all have fun moments of humor. Author Liz Johnson presents the “voice” of the characters with her smooth style, balancing lighthearted moments with those of import and gravity. Sometimes a line penned hit me in the heart with its clarity and truth. Other times, the humor and wit of a situation made me almost laugh! (Particularly when involving Justin’s POV, especially with the dairy, cake, or his sweet Mama Kane.) Or, the subtle romantic moments naturally born of friendship between Justin and Natalie had me smiling or swooning over the littlest things, like plaid shirts. And lighthouses. And a kitchen party. With this story, Johnson employs a common romance trope that I’m not usually an advocate of: an almost-love triangle with an already-engaged heroine returning to her hometown only to reconnect with an “old friend”. HOWEVER, Johnson implements it with such care and plausible ease I can’t help but be impressed. The context of this situation serves as the necessary catalyst for Natalie’s growth and, subsequently, Justin’s own small realization of joy. Without the trope setup, the depth of characterization and fully realized arc of the characters would not be possible. It has the potential, with this feature, to be a top-notch Hallmark production with its plot and endearing cast, which would be just fine with me ;). (hint, hint, Hallmark) Speaking of the journey these characters take, its complexity surprised me in a few ways, particularly concerning Natalie. It’s a deeper story of forgiveness and letting go of bitterness, of the importance of honesty in all relationships. Natalie’s character shows how events or people from the past can influence who you become and your choices in the present. Though Justin grew as a character and experienced his own life lessons, this story is Natalie’s transformation. She comes to terms with so much, especially the idea of her own self-worth. Witnessing her growth as a result of her circumstance and the love of friends who shield and support her is an experience not to be missed! Thank you to Revell Publishers for the complimentary review copy of this novel. This is my honest review.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “Forgiveness isn’t reserved for the ones who deserve it. God gives it freely, and we should do the same. The one person you can set free from bitterness is you. … At some point you’re going to have to let go of your anger or you’ll end up … hurting the people you’re supposed to love.” ** Natalie O’Ryan hasn’t stepped foot on Prince Edward Island in 15 years and wishes she could keep it that way. But when her fiancé Russell Jacobs, who works in Nashville’s music industry, decides they need to marry in her hometown, she doesn’t argue. Because, you see, Natalie never does anything to ruffle feathers, or to make herself the cause of “talk,” or disappoint others. In Liz Johnson’s “On Love’s Gentle Shore,” Natalie left the beautiful Canadian province Prince Edward Island after her family was the talk of the town — she had neglectful parents, including a womanizer drunk of a father. The only thing difficult to leave behind: her best friend Justin Lane, who was always her protector and was going to leave PEI with her for bigger and better things — until his father passed away right before Natalie’s departure. Both felt rejected by the other — Natalie for not staying behind with Justin, and Justin for not leaving with Natalie. When Natalie is forced to return to PEI to plan her wedding, she is constantly thrown into situations with Justin. Will they each be able to overcome their past anger and bitterness toward each other? And what would happen if deeper feelings should develop? “On Love’s Gentle Shore” is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness (of one’s self and others) and grace. It delves into so many deep topics, that it really hits the heart. Natalie, especially, learns so many lessons. One who is quick to avoid controversy and gossip, always staying out of the line of fire, she must overcome the blame game, and get past carrying the weight of someone else’s bad decisions. The book reminds us we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, and deals with misunderstands and assumptions. It also deals with honesty, bitterness and anger; the thought that sometimes loneliness is easier than risking a broken heart; the inability to reveal the “real me” to others; grace; the fact that we are all worth being loved, no matter what we think about ourselves; living in fear of being hurt once again; and choosing happiness versus safety. Jeremiah 29:11, my favorite verse, offers an integral message throughout the story. As Natalie ponders: “(She) had sometimes wondered if the God who made plans had forgotten to make a plan for her. If he’d known what she faced, why didn’t he care?” “On Love’s Gentle Shore” reminds us that we are valuable, and we are worthy of love. Besides digging into Natalie’s and Justin’s story, we also revisit old favorites like Mama Kane, Marie and Seth, Aretha Franklin and Jack, and Caden and Adam (who happens to be Russell’s brother). Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
“Forgiveness isn't reserved for the ones who deserve it. God gives it freely, and we should do the same.” On Love's Gentle Shore is book three in the Prince Edward Island Dreams, written by Liz Johnson. Natalie O'Ryan grew up in Prince Edward Island. Her father was a drunk that ran around with women and her mother abused her. Her family was gossiped about and she was picked on a lot. Her best friend was Justin Kane. They spent a lot of time together growing up in the light house on the Kane farm. They had a deal that they would stay together, but Natalie could no longer put up with the abuse and gossip, she left Prince Edward Island with intentions to never return. Natalie is engaged to Russell a record producer in Nashville. Russell is the brother of Adam, who lives in Natalie's home town. Russell has decided that they will get married there. They arrive in Prince Edward Island weeks before the wedding to plan the wedding but when something goes wrong with a recording he rushes back to Nashville and leaves the planning of the wedding to Natalie with the help of Marie, the owner of the Inn where they are staying and Justine, the owner of the barn where the reception is to be held. While preparing the barn Natalie and Justin work through why she left unexpectedly and Justin finally finds the note Natalie left him. Natalie's father returns to the Island and wants to apologize to Natalie. She wants nothing to do with him. Natalie is visiting with Marie, when she finds out Marie's father was not good to her and has never offered to apologize. Marie points out that God forgives and we should to. This is a good book, that has the theme of forgiveness running through the story. Forgiveness to Natalie's father for not stopping the abuse she suffered. Forgiveness to Natalie for leaving Justin without saying goodbye. This is a great end to the series. The characters are very well defined and the story is so descriptive. I want to visit the area, stay at the Inn and taste all the great food! I can almost hear the water and see the light house beacons. This is a series that is best read in order, but the author give information to help the reader know what happened in earlier books. I really think this series would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories. The story has just enough suspense to make me want to not put it down until I was done reading it. This is a Christian romance and done very nicely. It is not preachy and the romance is not overwhelming. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
ON LOVE'S GENTLE SHORE is the third book in Ms. Johnson's Prince Edward Island Dream series, but it easily stands alone. Natalie is a very hurt character, full of broken dreams, broken promises and convinced that no one cares. She even believes she has to be someone she's not in order to be loved. When her music city record recording boyfriend wants to get married on Prince Edward Island, Natalie is horrified. They're all gonna laugh at her! But rather than tell him the truth that she'd really rather marry in Nashville, she keeps her mouth shut. Justin has loved Natalie like forever, and she's been the person behind every song he's ever written. He gave up his dream of a hit record when Natalie left and his dad died, but now she's back. Playing at her wedding might mean his dreams are within reach again, but at what cost? I think we've all known characters like this -- they are real. I could be the girl that everyone whispered about behind my back and facing the same fears and insecurities. For pities sake, I'm a pastor's wife. Heaven knows we can't be real! Too many people are out to stab you in the back when you're not looking. Or I might be like Justin, doing the one thing that hurts the must in order to achieve the dream I hold most dear. Yep, these characters are definitely real, engaging and heart-rending. I wanted to pull Natalie in my arms and tell her it's not really all that bad. Hold your head up and don't imagine your seeing things that might not really be there. Or Justin. Is it really worth all it will cost? Think about it. If you like romance and/or PEI you'll definitely want to read ON LOVE'S GENTLE SHORE and the other two books in this series, The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet. The stories are all stand alone and yet they all tie together. I hope Ms. Johnson will write more books in this series. I received a copy of this book free. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series that I have read, and oh I loved to be back at the Red Door Inn, back with Marie and Seth, and the beautifully described Island of PEI, and yes I wish I were there! This is Natalie and Justin’s story, a little girl who was the not seen as a child of this Crick, and if she was seen she was bullied, so can you imagine coming back here after fifteen years? Yes she has grown up and now is being married, and yet the bullies are still here and we see a few of them are still at it. Then there are those who did as much as was possible to help this neglected little girl, yes Aretha Franklin, and Mamma Cheese Kane were two who embraced this woman as a child, and then there was Justin, he stood up for her, and yet she feels he wasn’t there in the end. How could she come back to the demons that abound here, and yet isn’t it time to face them, she is now in her thirties, and about to be married, as her fiancé has made the plans to marry where she is from. We get to watch as the events unfold leading to the wedding of the year on this Island, and enjoy picking the flowers and yummy cake, along with the venue. There are some surprises here and some concerns that will peek your interest, and a lot of needed healing and forgiveness. Enjoy! I received this book through Bethany House Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
Liz Johnson releases the third installment in her Prince Edward Island Dreams series and what a wonderful story. This book centers around Natalie O'Ryan and her return to her hometown after fleeing 15 years ago. She is surprised by her fiance` with arranging for their wedding in the one place she never thought to see again. Her arrival is met with coming face to face with Justin Kane, her childhood best friend and the person hurt the most by her leaving. As the story evolves we learn the deeper aspects of Natalie's life and the pain she has endured which endeared her to me. Justin was so easy to love. The imagery and characters pulled me in from the first page and kept me turning the pages. This story has elements of emotional pain, forgiveness, anger, betrayal, and love. *I received this book from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Liz Johnson brings her Prince Edward Island Dreams series to a satisfying conclusion with this final novel, although I hate saying goodbye to this delightul community! I've been enchanted by Prince Edward Island since reading Anne of Green Gables as a child, and Johnson has only increased my desire to visit this charming province. Don't let the fact that it is the end of a series dissuade you from reading this On Love's Gentle Shore. It stands alone, although you don't want to miss the first two books! Once again, I was mesmerized by the setting, the characters, and the story, and I was loath to set the book aside until I had read the final page. Add this book and series to your summer reading list! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Baker/Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Evie4 More than 1 year ago
On Love's Gentle Shore, a novel by Liz Johnson, is set on Prince Edward Island. Most find it to be a charming place, but for Natalie O'Ryan it is anything but that. She was the child of dysfunctional and dangerous parents and she had fled the island fifteen years ago expecting her best friend, Justin Kane, to follow her, but that is not what happened. She made a new life for herself in Nashville, all the while harboring hurt and anger toward Justin. Now engaged to Russell, her fiancé has arranged for them to be married in her old hometown. Even with all her apprehensions about returning to a place she has fought hard to distance herself from, she keeps quiet and tries to go along with the wedding plans. Rapidly, she realizes she can't avoid Justin and the small minded town gossips. As a result, Natalie has to confront her troubled past in order to face her future. Justin, too, has lived with his own anger and hurt, but thought he had moved on once he accepted Natalie was really gone. Now that she is back his life changes. What they had once was special and important to both of them. Is it really gone? The author has crafted well drawn believable characters. Their fragile and complex relationships are deftly presented. The reader is drawn into their lives as we watch them evolve into people who learn to face the truth about themselves and what paths to follow. The secondary characters are an interesting group and add much to the story. This is a story about choices, introspection, forgiveness and faith that all come together to make a memorable tale. Beautifully told and easy to read. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.