I finished this book in August but didn’t get to make notes and write a review before my daughter snatched it away to read for herself. She read it in a matter of days. My daughter is 24 and teaches 6th grade. She is as addicted to Liz Johnson books as I am. That should tell you a lot about these Christian romance novels. They are fantastic stories about fantastic people and places. So, now that I have retrieved it here goes…
This book is book 2 in the Prince Edward Island Shores series by Liz Johnson. The series is about the Ross brothers and their single mom who raised them after their father walked away. In the first novel I met brother Oliver and his love interest, Meg and enjoyed their beautiful story. At the end of that story Oliver’s brothers Eli and Levi were introduced. Eli left home 10 years ago and worked his way into a very successful career in the NHL. With no word to his family he walked away and didn’t look back… until now.
The second story begins with Eli returning home after being kicked out of the NHL. No one was really privy to why he had been kicked out but the only place he felt he could go was home. He returned reluctantly with a deep concern for how he would be received by his family and community.
In Eli’s absence a young woman named Violet came to live with the Ross family. She left her family after a horrible tragedy that left her feeling alone and full of guilt. She and Mrs. Ross, affectionately known as Mama Potts, created beautiful pottery in a studio/shop owned by Mrs. Ross. She became a part of the Ross family. Violet lived in a studio apartment above the shop and she worked as a pottery artist.
When Eli arrived he was surprised by the presence of this stranger named Violet. He was also not expecting the willingness of the community to embrace his return for the most part. The local hockey moms were delighted when they were able to coerce Eli into coaching their local junior hockey team. He reluctantly took the job and was able to finally talk Violet into helping him.
Many surprises lay ahead for both Eli and Violet in this PEI Shores adventure. We get to be spectators of God’s plan for each of their lives and watch Him take broken people and make their lives something remarkably beautiful.
What I thought
I really enjoyed this story. I have read the first three in the Prince Edward Island series Liz Johnson wrote and the first book in this series. If you have not read the whole series starting with the Red Door Inn then I encourage you to. Johnson has a way of building community with her stories. This story is no exception. Eli and Violet find cheerleaders in the most unusual places. I won’t give too much away but it was good to visit characters from the other novels along the way this time. Eli’s story was a great reminder that bad behavior has consequences but God is still fully in control. I loved how Eli and Violet’s relationship flourished in the midst of two broken histories. God used their backstories to bring them together and bring healing for both of them in ways that were quite unexpected. I love redemption stories and this fit the bill beautifully! It has been delightful getting to know the Ross family and I look forward to the youngest brother, Levi’s story in the next novel in the series.
I was excited to be part of this blog tour for Revell Publishing. I received the book for free but was asked only to read and give my honest opinion. It was a delightful read!