3 January 2017

Review: Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

Calling Anne Fans ...

I know there are a lot of Anne of Green Gables fans out there. Well, this book is nothing like Anne, but it is set on Prince Edward Island … so if you like Christian romance and you love Anne, you’ll want to read this.

Now, a proper review for the rest of us, those of us who read and enjoyed Anne but acknowledge there are other books.

Where Two Hearts Meet is the second book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series, following The Red Door Inn. No, you don’t have to read The Red Door Inn first—I hadn’t, and I don’t feel I missed anything. Yes, I have bought it to read now.

The novel is set in The Red Door Inn, and centres around Caden, the chef with an inferiority complex, and Adam, a long-term guest at the inn who is suffering from guilt. He invades her kitchen while hunting for coffee, she lets him because she and her boss think he’s a journalist from a big magazine who could break—or make—the inn. So we have two flawed individuals thrown into close proximity, neither of whom is prepared to share themselves with the other.

Caden is, in many ways, a difficult character to like. She’s one of the main viewpoint characters, and she comes across as a competent enough cook, but doesn’t come across as a particularly engaging character. I was about halfway through the novel before I realised this is because she doesn’t value herself, doesn’t see anything in herself to value. She sees herself as a frightened failure.

But that’s not how Adam sees her, and that’s where the novel goes from solid to excellent: as we begin to see Caden through Adam’s eyes, and as Adam begins to thaw and become the person he’s meant to be … through Caden’s influence, and the influence of others. Anyway, the story improved a lot once I made this connection.

Overall, Where Two Hearts Meet is a lovely story of discovery and redemption with a hint of mystery, and I’m looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

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