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.
Keeping his late wife's dream alive, Jack starts renovating an Inn that would welcome lost and hurting souls. With plenty of work still to be done on this place, he unexpectedly meets such a person and reaches out to her. I was drawn into this story from the first conversation between those two total strangers, Jack and Marie, early in the book. The grandfatherly Jack was one of my favourite characters. The opening paragraph is very effective, as it gives you the setting, creates intrigue and has you wanting to get to know Marie.
The change in Marie Carrington’s pocket wouldn’t pay for a ferry ride across the Northumberland Strait to Prince Edward Island, let alone a bus ticket to anywhere else in the world. As she cupped the Canadian dollar coins in her shaking hand, they clinked together, drawing the curious gaze of the man in the seat next to her.
I also loved the fact that the story is set in the picturesque Prince Edward Island, Canada. I first fell in love with this island, reading Anne of Green Gables many years ago, and still dream of going there one day. The vivid descriptions in this book almost felt like I was standing on the reddish-white sand beach, breathing in ocean breezes, and sensing the solitude and serenity this place offers.
The story is about restoration of both the inn and the people working on it. And as the story unfolds it seems like working on 'Rose's Dream Inn for hurting souls' brings healing, peace and forgiveness to three lonely people. I can't wait to read book two in this series.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc