Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Where Two Hearts Meet



Liz Johnson

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: October 18, 2016
Number of Pages: 384

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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.
Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn.

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Not Quite Lobster Lovers
By Liz Johnson

I love reading book dedications. It gives me a glimpse into the author’s heart—into the type of person she is.

I also spend plenty of time writing my own. A dedication is a special thing—an opportunity to recognize people who have made an impact on my life while I’ve written a particular book.

Where Two Hearts Meet, my latest novel set on Prince Edward Island, is dedicated to my sister, Hannah. On the page I thank her for being my friend and traveling companion. And for only making me eat three bites of that lobster.

And in case you were wondering—there’s definitely a story there.

It began in 2010 when my mom and I set off for Prince Edward Island, home of Anne of Green Gables. My mom had introduced me to Anne when I was twelve and at almost thirty, I decided to introduce her to the island. So we jetted away for a five-day adventure through Anne’s Land. Only the incessant stories that followed piqued the interest of the rest of the family, and my sister joined us on the next visit.

As tourists to the island do, we discovered there’s so much more to PEI than Anne’s Land.

On our third trip, my sister and I decided we were in the mood for adventure. So we signed up for a lobster fishing expedition. My mom—not an intrepid seawoman—decided being on a small boat in the open water might make her dizzy and ruin the rest of her stay. So she’d do something with a little firmer footing.

My sister and I were not fans of that plan, so we nudged and prodded until the day of our fishing trip.

The sun rose over calm water. Mom was feeling good. And there was one spot left on the boat. What other sign did we need? We bought a ticket for mom, stashed her on Captain Mark’s little fishing boat and set sail for parts unknown.

Okay, actually the parts were well known. And we never came close to leaving the protected waters of Charlottetown Harbor, a nearly landlocked inlet.

But the water was smooth and the wind cool as we tooled around, reeling in lobster and crab traps. Captain Mark, a real-life PEI lobster fisherman, taught us about the lifecycle of lobsters, how they shed and eat their own shells, and what it takes to be a maritime lobster fisherman. (Newsflash—the license alone can cost over a quarter of a million dollars!) We were enthralled. (And guess who loved it most of all? Mom, of course.)

Fast forward two years, and we were back on PEI. And, of course, we signed up for another boat trip with Captain Mark on his Top Notch Tour. Once again we reeled in lobsters and examined crabs. But this time, I decided to hold a lobster. Lovely idea. Terrible idea.

I was doing fine until the one pounder started flapping his tail against the underside of my arm. It smacked me a few times, clearly trying to break free. His beady little eyes were imploring me to release him back into the water, and his antenna wiggled around while his tail kept beating on my arm. Well, I screamed and nearly dropped the little guy. Thankfully Captain Mark came to my rescue and put the lobster back in his home. I was saved and the lobster was safe and we enjoyed a lovely day.

I’m not sure who suggested it, but someone had a brilliant idea that night to eat lobster. None of us had ever had it, having spent most of our lives in landlocked states. What a lovely idea.

Terrible idea.

So that night, after being nearly beaten up by a flailing lobster, I found myself eye-to-beady-eye with another one. Only this one was too dead to flop around, but, I swear, his eyes stared me down.

I looked at him for a long while. Then I stared at the pinchers they gave me to break the shell. Then I thought about how he ate his own shell at least a few times over the years. And then I wondered if the lobster I’d nearly dropped had been his cousin, and all of a sudden I couldn’t do it. An island delicacy, and I couldn’t even chew it. Suddenly my stomach rolled, I put my fork down, and I was done.

That was the most expensive dinner roll I’ve ever had. But my sister didn’t tease me too much, thus the dedication to her.

It should be noted that she ordered pasta—hold the lobster.


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 a full-time marketing managerfor a Nashville-based publisher. She has been a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including CBA Retailers+Resources, Christian Fiction Online magazine, and Storytellers’ Journal. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of several books, including The Red Door Inn, a New York Times bestselling novella, The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (an ACFW Carol Award finalist) and A Star in the Night, which was part of the New York Times and ECPA bestselling A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, publishes books that help bring the Christian faith to everyday life. Whether through fiction, Christian living, self-help, marriage, family, or youth books, each Revell publication reflects relevance, integrity, and excellence.



1 Copy of Where Two Hearts Meet
1 Copy of Anne of Green Gables
1 Prince Edward Island Towel
1 Gift Basket of Snacks
1 Copy of Where Two Hearts Meet
$10 Starbucks Gift Card
1 Copy of Where Two Hearts Meet
$10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

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