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On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

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On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz JohnsonFifteen years after she left Prince Edward Island, Natalie O’Ryan had no plans to return. But when her fiancé, music producer Russell Jacobs, books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose’s Red Door Inn, she sets out to put the finishing touches on the perfect wedding. But she can’t possibly prepare for a run-in with Justin Kane–the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin’s never forgotten Natalie or the music career he always dreamed of pursuing. He’d been prepared to follow her off the island until his dad died and he was left to run the family dairy farm. He’s done the best he can with the life that was thrust upon him–but with Natalie back in the picture, he begins to realize just how much joy he’s been missing.

After Natalie’s reception venue falls through, she must scramble to find an alternative, and the only option seems to be a barn on Justin’s property. As they work together to get the dilapidated building ready for the party, Natalie and Justin discover the groundwork for forgiveness–and that there may be more than an old friendship between them.

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My Thoughts

Like many Anne enthusiasts, I’ve often dreamed of traveling to my dear literary friend’s island home yet haven’t had the opportunity to make that happen… until now! No, I’m not talking about hopping a plane or hitting the road, my preferred method of travel (less hassle and the price is just right) is through the pages of a good book (actually three in this particular case).

While I didn’t pick this series up right away, the rave reviews and the appearance of an auburn-haired lady (and bold green accents) on the cover of the final book expelled all my “too good to be true” hesitations. I had the rare pleasure of devouring the entire series in quick succession and I have to say it made for a lovely PEI literary vacation!

With her fiery hair and simmering temper, Natalie O’Ryan’s character gives a deft nod to our beloved Anne yet she is an independently endearing heroine in her own right. My heart ached for Natalie as her backstory was revealed throughout the book. I completely relate to Natalie’s struggle with allowing good memories to be crowded out by negative or painful ones.

While the Prince Edward Island Dreams series is a great read for all fans of Christian contemporary fiction, it is an extra special adventure for those of us who love Anne, Gilbert, and their island home. I highly recommend this entire series! Once you experience one story, reader friends, you will want to read them all!

I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Liz JohnsonBy day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager for a Christian publisher. By night she makes up her own love stories. She is the author of seven novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short Christmas stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Liz is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she earned a degree in public relations.

Now a resident of Nashville, she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and history of Middle Tennesee. She also takes every chance she can to visit Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

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4 thoughts on “On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson”

  1. I LOVED this book! And I put PEI on my bucket list of places to visit! It sounds like a beautiful, lovely place. I also put Liz Johnson on my favorite authors list. 😀


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