The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams Book #1): A Novel

The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams Book #1): A Novel

by Liz Johnson

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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 two 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493401734
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 465
File size: 3 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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The Red Door Inn: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**** An enjoyable story. Not your typical rich girl story. Marie is searching for a safe haven. Seth wants to help out his uncle to open a bed and breakfast inn that was his aunts dream. The characters and this story are fully developed and you'll find yourself wishing you could visit the island and meet all the kind, sweet people. **** esk 09/2017 ****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucked me in. The description of the island, the realness and vulnerability of the characters, and the pace of the story were all so appealing. It was an easy read as the story just flowed so naturally. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captured my interest immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book on the morning of a day that was free from any requirements. And I read it straight through by the evening! Great characters full of real human feelings and emotions. Now I'm going to go find the next one in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply down to earth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an all around feel good book to makes you happy, relaxed and have joy in God's great plan for our lives !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Now I really want visit Prince Edward Island!
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4 Prince Edward Island is well-known by legions of fans of L.M. Montgomery and her red-haired orphan Anne. Less well known is the Northern shores of the island, and where the story takes place as our characters work to rehabilitate an old and run-down Bed and Breakfast, and perhaps find some renewal for their own lives. The story starts with Marie, desperate to leave Boston, her memories and her father behind her, but without any substantive means to do so. She runs for a dream of new beginnings and sanctuary on PEI, but with no viable means of support – things are pretty desperate. Enter Jack Sloane, a kindly man who sees the young woman hurting and in need, and offers her a place to stay in exchange for help in his renovations. Renovations of a disused and disheveled Bed and Breakfast that is also providing his nephew Seth with work and a new start. From the start, Marie is closed off and obviously hurting, with tension and anxiety that flares every time she and Seth encounter one another. While Seth is more than a bit prickly, he can’t trust this stranger or his uncle’s judgment, he sees her through his own veil of hurt after a disastrous relationship and now his sanctuary on the island is disrupted by this interloper. There are plenty of issues, miscommunications and mistrust that weigh heavily on both Seth and Marie, and their tentative steps to build bridges are fraught with perils. Slowly Marie’s story unfolds, and we are able to understand her trust issues, her need for new beginnings, and her affinity for the always kind and gentle Jack. This isn’t a quick-fix story – many elements combine, from the peace of the setting to the characters primary and secondary to bring growth and allow our couple to come closer together. Narration is provided by Amy Melissa Bentley who gives a clear sense of each character with differentiation in delivery, tone, accent and a gradual ‘loosening’ of inhibitions” as the story progresses and backstories are shared. With lovely soft intonations and intentions brought forth in Jack and the parishioners as well as a lightness and youth from young Ruby. With frequent moments that feel familiar to those who have visited PEI in person, or just through the tales of Anne, there are plenty of moments that bring a sense of the known here. More importantly, even as Johnson uses an underlying message of connection to faith, family, self and surroundings, that message never reaches the level of preachy or overbearing, allowing each character to find their own path to that faith in their own time. With a couple that comes together through the slow process of friendship to love, the story will please fans who, like me, prefer their faith-heavy reads to carry a softer message that arrives through character growth and discovery rather than a heavy reliance on text or gospel. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wher to hearts meet. I loved it. Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that was hard to put down. Only God working through the owner of the Inn could bring the belief in love and forgiveness that was needed to bring about the conclusion that made sense.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Loved the setting of Prince Edward Island and the healing Marie found there. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book
SylviaM More than 1 year ago
Ahh....Prince Edward Island... a comfortable bed and breakfast; a cozy bakery; the calming, continuous presence of the seaside. You are calling my name. The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson is a refreshing, entertaining contemporary romance novel about God’s love, kindness, and tender mercy to one of His daughters who needs a safe place. Marie Carrington from Boston goes to Prince Edward Island for safety. She finds more in this safe haven than she ever imagined. Love and true friendships await her in the midst of island breezes, fun times, and plain, hard work on a bed and breakfast. At the center of this novel we have this cozy bed and breakfast called The Red Door Inn. Marie is the decorator, Seth Sloane, the renovator; and Seth’s uncle, Jack Sloane, the owner, is the glue that keeps everything together. This successful team works well together, after a rocky start getting the bed and breakfast up and running. Hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and any hospitality areas are among my top favorite subjects to read. This subject is what mainly drew me to read this novel. There’s something exciting and invigorating about this environment and The Red Door Inn invites us to take part in this adventure. Marie Carrington is a lovely heroine and I like how she is different than the majority of fiction heroines. She is a quiet, introverted woman, but can be more outgoing and light on occasion. Marie carries a burden that weighs on her emotionally and causes her to have panic attacks. My heart hurt for her pain and struggles. Liz Johnson writes in a respectful manner and with a tenderness that draws the reader to empathize with victims in these situations. Decorating spaces is Marie’s talent. Her decorating abilities are inspiring. I am not a decorator, but reading about her job makes me want to try my hand at staging a room or home. Some authors never let us travel with the characters to work, but this one does! I enjoyed Ms. Johnson’s allowing us to visit the antique store and attend an auction with the heroine. These kind of scenes help us get to know the character and feel a part of the action in the novel. Seth Sloane [Every time I read that last name I think of Charlie Sloane of Anne of Green Gables] the hero, is a great guy. Of course he is handsome and muscular, but I like how he wasn’t immediately attracted to Marie and vice versa. It gave the reader something to look forward to when they realized that they did love each other. They had to get to know one another first and weren’t half in love because of looks. Another thing I appreciated is how Seth acts like a normal guy. He isn’t perfect and does not automatically read the heroine’s thoughts. Seth also isn’t educated in the art of decorating in the least and wants his own cinnamon roll. :) (Read the book and you will find out about the cinnamon rolls.) Good friends are difficult to gain and keep, but the supporting characters in The Red Door Inn are the true kind. Jack, Aretha, and Caden each bring their individual talents and light to the lives of the community. Liz Johnson made them interesting without taking center stage. Liz Johnson has let us be a part of this entertaining adventure and I look forward to the next books in this series with anticipation. The Red Door Inn is waiting for us to procure a room, partake of a delicious repast, and experience pleasurable relaxation at our home away from home.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
"Rose had dreamed and prayed for this old house. She’d prayed that the broken would find healing under its roof. Long before the house had an address or an image in their minds, she had petitioned God for a place of healing." This is a story about a young woman who psychologically has lost everything and goes to the only place she knew that was magical, one that every reader knows: Lucy Maud Montgomery's Prince Edward Island. And she funds what she needs as well as what she wants behind a soon to be red door, a sign of welcome. Marie is devastated when she arrives, but thanks in part to the quiet hope she finds there, she comes far on the path towards understanding and the courage to say and do what she must. This book, suggested by a friend over the holidays is such a loving, hopeful and peace-filled gift, I need to share it with others. If you are hurting in places that are too raw to deal with this sweetly written book can be a salve that reminds you that you are and always will be loved Highly recommended.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
A setting already beloved by any little girl or young woman (or a woman approaching ancient age like me) who ever read Anne of Green Gables. A cast of secondary characters to make L.M. Montgomery proud. A romance that sparks with electricity and affection, even during the moments where you want to throttle one or both of them. And then we have Marie, whom I wanted to hug from the moment I met her on the pages of The Red Door Inn. Just wrap my arms around her and hold on tight. I didn’t know why she was hurting yet, why she was having panic attacks, why she was buried so deep in a protective shell. Johnson reveals Marie’s story in pieces as the novel progresses, allowing the reader to patch it together like a quilt until it’s finally all revealed. And then Jack, dear sweet Jack whom I also wanted to hug from the moment we met. He made me smile – for one reason or another – nearly every time he was on the page. The father figure he became to Marie is one of my favorite aspects of The Red Door Inn. Not only because she needed to know what a loving father looked like, but because she needed to know what a loving God as Father looks like. This faith element of the story is written so tenderly and fits so naturally within the story that it never feels like a sermon or breaks up the flow of the plot. It’s just there, and it’s just really really sweet. And Seth. Gruff, grumpy, prickly Seth with a chip on his shoulder and a grudge all over him. Just as Marie judges God based on her own father, Seth judges Marie based on his ex. While this of course makes him an absolute bear at first, it also makes for some grin-inducing scenes between the two of them as they each tentatively begin to trust the other. I adored the way both Jack and Seth brought out Marie’s quick wit and her confidence, as well as how Marie softened them both up quite a bit. Umm… and once Seth softens toward Marie a bit?!? BREAK OUT THE FANS. One last thing. Aretha Franklin. No relation to the singer. What a hoot! I love her!! And I love love love the subplot that involves her. Of course, I can’t forget to mention Caden who won my heart by not being stick thin (can I get an amen?!?) and her little niece Ruby, the Anne lookalike who has some very definite opinions about how and when to turn the hymnal pages! Delightful characters (in case you couldn’t tell), warmth, affection, humor, tenderness, and a cozy setting make the perfect backdrop for Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn. The true meaning of friendship and family find their way beautifully into this story that on the surface appears to be a cute contemporary romance involving the restoration of an old inn but is really about so much more. It’s also about the restoration of faith, of hope, and of love, and all of these are woven into the novel’s framework in a way that adds so much dimension and depth. Prince Edward Island is now on my bucket list of places to visit, but until I come into a large windfall of cash I will have to visit it vicariously through Liz Johnson’s newest series. Looking forward to book #2 in October! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
The Red Door Inn is my first Liz Johnson novel, but I am sure it will not be my last. I was drawn to the book because the setting is Prince Edward Island . . . remember Anne of Green Gables? I thought it would be a nice soothing and uplifting story just like its predecessor. It was, but the story line wasn't the same at all. Marie Carrington is scared and running from something. Her plan of getting to Prince Edward Island and disappearing is unraveling. Just when all seems lost an angel appears in the form of Jack Sloane. Jack not only makes a way for Marie to get to PEI, but also offers her a job and shelter once she's there. The only problem seems to be Jack's nephew Seth. He's very skeptical of Marie and isn't shy about making his feelings known.The two are like oil and water but both adore Jack and try to find a middle ground to keep from hurting Jack. As the story unfolds we learn more about why Jack is opening the inn and why Marie is running. The story has a gentle feel yet it contains serious subjects. I enjoyed reading about how Jack's faith carried him through some impossible situations and how that faith is spilling over onto Marie and Seth. This book left me once again wanting to make a trip to PEI. I look forward to the next book and the continuing story of these engaging characters. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Liz Johnson which has a lovely cover. There is hope, humor, and delight for the reader. When one needs to start their life over, where do they go when they are penniless, scared, and has no one to turn to? Marie Carrington lands on Prince Edward Island and lets her decorating talents lead her. She may find faith, a home, and more. The other characters plus Marie are strong and well developed. The plot carries you to the end of the book and does not disappoint. I recommend this book that I received from Revell Reads/Net Galley for my honest review.
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
What a sweet and satisfying book. Of course, I was hooked when I saw it was set on PEI - because I am one of those fanatic Anne (with an "e") lovers. I was lucky enough to travel to PEI on two separate occasions in my past - and loved every moment of my time their and treasure those memories. This book is a fantastic tribute to PEI and a wonderful story all its own. I cannot wait for future books in this series. In the meantime, I plan to find other books by this author.
mom2o2272 More than 1 year ago
Having received an author's recommendation, I decided to give it a try. Easy to follow, well written and looking forward to more in the next book of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. The entertwining of lives and the outcome keeps me wanting to expand and read more about the island’s inhabitants in the series.
Ashley_Mays More than 1 year ago
This book was a great, easy read. It was perfect for a weekend read. I enjoyed the characters, Marie and Seth, and their journey toward each other. The setting in Prince Edward Island added a little something extra special. All the descriptions were done beautifully, and I really want to visit PEI now! The story line has intriguing conflict and the characters experienced realistic hardship, but the story as a whole is also gentle and uplifting. I definitely recommend this if you're looking for a clean romance to read in a weekend! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
GrandmaJean8109 More than 1 year ago
Marie Carrington was running from something and she stopped at PEI,, Prince Edward Island. She had only $6.99 in her pocket, in other words, she was broke. She met a man named Jack Sloane, who convinced her to help him in the restoration of his hotel. Jack Sloane had just lost his wife and her wish was for Jack to finish restoring the hotel. His aim was to help Marie and restore the horel . Jack had a nephew named Seth Sloane. He was very protective of his uncle, and tried to keep gold diggers away from him. When Marie met Seth, they didn’t like each other. Seth thought Marie was a gold digger, expecially after Jack sent Marie shopping to get things for the hotel, and Seth thought she was taking advantage of his uncle. Would Seth and Marie become friends? Would Jack open the inn? Would Marie stop running and settle on Prince Edward Island, with people she have come to like, like Jack, Aretha and Caden? Pick up a copy and travel along with Marie on her adventure. You will enjoy this book, it is very consuming, you will not want to put it down. The cover is very appealing, it makes you curious about the book. This book is well written. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Books for this review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Liz Johnson in her new book, “The Red Door Inn” Book One in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series published by Revell introduces us to Marie and Seth. From the back cover: 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. I think that the way this book begins is one of the best ways to introduce not only the characters but the setting as well. I think Ms. Johnson has done a spectacular job in creating the people who populate her book. You can identify with all of them but especially the main ones. Seth has a broken-heart and Marie is one of the more interesting characters that I have read about in quite a long time. When Seth and Marie get together the sparks really start to fly. And all of this takes place at a Bed&Breakfast on Prince Edward Island. I think you will enjoy reading this book and not want to put it down unless you finished. I recommend this book highly and am really looking forward to the next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. 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.”
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
What is Marie Carrington going to do? Where can she turn for help? She has no money. Right now she is going to try to get a Victorian B& B ready to open in a new town. She has enough to worry about when Seth Sloane who is also running away from something shows up hoping to help his uncle with his B & B. He has left behind a woman who he never wants to see again. Right from the beginning they cannot seem to get along. But as time goes on they start to understand that they have to help each other get the business going. Will they have a future that they never dreamed of? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Revell Publishing. These are my opinions.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I needed to know how Marie Carrington and Seth Sloane were going to end up getting together. They were like oil and water at first but Seth's uncle Jack sees that they need to be together. Jack wants to help a lot of people since his Rose died. He and Seth are putting a B&B together since that is what Rose wanted before she died. This is a fantastic romance with a little intrigue because we really know very little about Marie. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion.