Book Review

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson – A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Liz JohnsonWhere Two Hearts Meet Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 2
Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Change is just what Adam Jacobs needs. Luck hasn’t been kind to him, and Adam certainly has no time for God in his life. This leads him to a small bed and breakfast on Prince Edward Island. There he meets Caden Holt. On the outside, Caden seems to have it all together. She’s living her dream through her work as executive chef of Red Door Inn, and has a loving family supporting her. But underneath this Caden conceals a person looking for one final achievement, an accomplishment that would put the struggling inn on the map.

As with her debut (Revell) novel, Liz again captures a special kind of magic with Where Two Hearts Meet. The story is pleasant and the writing style suits my reading tastes beautifully. It’s an easy-going style that isn’t difficult to read nor have I ever felt as if I needed to “push” myself to flip the pages. The story is simply there (if this makes any sense), waiting to unfold without forcing itself on its reader.

BOOK REVIEW | The Red Door Inn – A Cozy Contemporary Novel

This follow up novel picks up where The Red Door Inn let off. We catch up with its protagonists, Marie and Seth as Johnson follows their journey with their passion project, the Red Door. Primarily this is, of course, Caden and Adam’s story, but as a larger picture frame job, this is also a heartwarming series about family. Those you share DNA with and those you establish for yourself. This is such a story and then some. The characters are unforgettable. I loved Caden’s internal struggles as a reader because they’re so relatable; putting on a “together” personality while beneath it all, questions linger. Is this good enough? Am I doing enough? How can I challenge myself, grow, change? Then there is Adam.

Adam is the right man for this story. He’s got a messy history. He’s got a broken history. Two emotional weights that make him a dimensional, complex and curious hero who I wanted to know more about. He won me over without trying, and I respected him all the more for the way he loved Caden. Their story was the perfect one to enjoy when I did.

Another favorite element added to the many other things I loved about Where Two Hearts Meet were the scenes in the kitchen, which were many and fitting for the tale. It was a cozy setting that offered so much insight into Caden’s and Adam’s lives, both separately, and as a couple. Then there was that almost kiss! That’s all I’ll say about that. For obvious reasons.

Where Two Hearts Meet is a special story. It has everything the best contemporary novel should and proves it’s more than a piece of contemporary romantic drama. It proves historical novels aren’t the only genre to have hidden depth. In other words, Johnson’s novel again enchants and entertains without sacrificing its emotional strengths.

Synopsis: In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.

Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Liz Johnson, On Love’s Gentle ShoresWhen Natalie O’Ryan returns to Prince Edward Island to plan her wedding, she runs into her childhood best friend–and discovers that the love she’s been looking for is right where she left it. – July 2017, Add on Goodreads

 Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book.

Review text is © Rissi JC and first appeared on Finding Wonderland (Dreaming Under the Same Moon), RissiWrites.com

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