Tuesday, August 8, 2017

On Love's Gentle Shore

Book review of On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson (Revell) by papertapepins

Natalie O'Ryan had no plans to return to Prince Edward Island. But when her fiancé books their wedding in her hometown and schedules a summer at Rose's Red Door Inn, she sets out to plan the perfect wedding. Yet she can't possibly plan for a run-in with Justin Kane--the best friend she left behind all those years ago after promising to stay.

Justin has never forgotten Natalie. He'd been prepared to follow her off the island until tragedy struck, leaving him 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 may discover that there is more between them than broken promises and an old friendship.

This is the third book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. I have really enjoyed reading it. The setting is divine, and the characters are quirky and interesting. The character of Natalie, however was a little harder for me to get behind. She grew on me as the book progressed but I found her somewhat frustrating as the main character. Speaking of characters, it was fun to have Caden and Marie back in this book with her.

Justin Kane was interesting in the last book and I had hoped that this book would be his story. And it is! He and his Mama really shine in this book. I know we weren't supposed to really like Natalie's fiance but he really comes off as stiff and rather stereotypical. I wish he had been developed a little more so we understood why she might even want to stay in that relationship at all. With Justin there is no doubt. 

There is a lot going on under the surface in this book. There is an underlying thread regarding forgiveness and holding onto bitterness and the choices you can make to either let go or hang on to that as a guard against getting hurt further. Natalie has more to work through regarding this town than just what happened with Justin. There is also humor in this story, both in some of the circumstances that happen with Natalie and Justin but also because of some of the other quirky characters around town so it's not all heavy. Personally I would have preferred that side of things to be amped up a bit more and the heavy stuff toned down somewhat just because I like the story to keep moving at a good clip.

Overall it's an enjoyable read, especially if you're already invested in the series.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Liz Johnson

    Liz Johnson

    Liz Johnson fell in love with Prince Edward Island the first time she set foot on it. When she's not plotting her next trip to the island, she works as director of marketing for a Christian radio network. She is the author of several novels including The...

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