‘WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET’: A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast

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‘WHERE TWO HEARTS MEET’: A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast. Review of the 2016 novel by Liz Johnson. Text © Rissi JC

STORY: 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.

Where Two Hearts Meet, by Liz Johnson | Book Review

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.

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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.❤

A B O U T THE B O O K

Author: 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

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 

About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

4 comments

  1. Yay! I'm SO glad you loved this as much as I did! And you've put your thoughts into words beautifully. I agree, the story is so easy and just "there" on the page, waiting for you to discover. And I completely agree about the kitchen scenes (and that almost kiss <3 where's the fan?). They were my favorite!

    1. I did indeed, Courtney! Liz has such as beautiful way of writing and everything flows so effortlessly (my favorite kind of book!). Cannot wait to discover book three next summer. Returning to PEI as Liz imagines it for these characters is always a joy. :)

      YES! That near-kiss?! *swoon*

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