Where Two Hearts Meet – Liz Johnson – Prince Edward Island Dreams #2 – Revell – Published 18 October 2016
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.
The day I started reading this book I made a batch of cinnamon (and apple and coffee) scrolls. It was just a coincidence, but a very nice one, especially when the first line of Where Two Hearts Meet is: “There was only one thing better than the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls in the morning. The taste of freshly baked cinnamon rolls in the morning.”
This book made me very hungry – for cinnamon rolls, lobster pasta, muffins, eggs Benedict, you name it. I was reading this just after eating dinner thinking about what meal I could eat next. But it also made me hungry for sea air and small towns, rugged coastlines and good friends.
Caden is the executive chef at Rose’s Red Door Inn. She loves her job, but the future of the B&B may be in danger if they don’t find a way to increase their bookings. When Marie discovers that a travel writer will be staying at the Inn, she and Caden are sure it is the handsome Adam Jacobs. Marie asks Caden to make sure Adam sees the best of the Inn and Prince Edward Island, and they forge a strong friendship as they spend time in Caden’s kitchen and exploring the Island.
Caden is my kind of character. She loves to eat just as much as she loves cooking. She has lived in the same town all her life. She knows everyone and everyone knows her – but maybe too well, because sometimes all they see are her flaws. Her self esteem is extremely low. She’s never been kissed, never dated anyone, isn’t sure anyone would ever want to date her. But she’s not a depressing character to read. Caden is sweet and kind and good natured. She dances and sings in her kitchen. She’s fun to be around. And that brings us to Adam, because to Adam, Caden is the light to the darkness that has been clouding him for far too long. She teases him and shares her days (and food) with him. And he sees Caden for the wonderful person that she is – inside and out. Their friendship is beautiful and it was wonderful see them develop that friendship into a romantic relationship.
It was great to return to Price Edward Island and the Red Door Inn. Marie and Seth are secondary characters in this book, Seth especially only makes a couple of appearances but there are plenty of other familiar faces to catch up with, and some new ones too. While the books in this series do have their own story lines, the underlying threads of the story are best understood if the books are read in series order.
The only thing I had a problem with was Adam’s guilt about his time with the military which resulted in the deaths of a number of people and yet every time it is mention only one person is the focus of that guilt and grief. Seemed strange he only felt guilty about one of them dying and not so much the other. But aside from that this is a beautiful book, and I am looking forward to continuing the series.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Christian contemporary.
Themes: Cooking, journalism, grief, guilt, food, Prince Edward Island, self-esteem, romance, B&Bs.
Published: 18 October 2016 by Revell.
Format: Paperback, ebook. 384 pages.