This is the second in the “Prince Edward Island Dreams” series. The first is “The Red Door Inn.” It’s not essential to read them in order, both serve well as stand-along books, but it never hurts to know more of the backstory that you get by reading them in order.
I’ve never been to Prince Edward Island, but Liz Johnson does a good job of bringing it to life in these books. The smells, the sounds, the rhythm of life all come through her writing.
Caden Holt is a pretty good cook, a pretty good friend, and pretty sure that’s all she’ll ever be. Still, her confidence in herself was growing steadily in her job at The Red Door Inn. The the inn’s most handsome guest, Adam Jacobs, starts hanging around her kitchen and invading her space. She’s almost comfortable with that when Bethany, Caden’s high school nemesis, returns to town. Between all the personal drama, The Red Door Inn is facing financial worries. Caden hangs her hopes of winning the yearly lobster cooking contest as a way to bring more guests to the inn. Pressure rises as she learns more about Adam and why he’s come to Prince Edward Island.
The best part about this story is the characters. Caden, Adam, and the rest of the crew are all interesting, intriguing, and true-to-life characters the reader can relate to, sympathize with, and root for. Well worth reading.