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Review: On Love’s Gentle Shore

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Review: On Love’s Gentle Shore

On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: July 4, 2017

Growing up in North Rustico, PEI, all Natalie O’Ryan ever wanted was to leave. Leave the abuse, leave the stigma, leave the gossip that followed her everywhere she went. Her parents choices were NOT hers and she saw no reason to suffer for them the rest of her life. The only bright spot in her life was her friendship with Justin Kane.

Justin “adopted” her when, at age 5, he found her hiding in the lighthouse on Kane property. He took her home, his mom fed her, and through the years, he became her very best friend. They had a plan that, after she graduated, they would head for Nashville where Justin could pursue music as a career, and she could be as far away from PEI and its memories as possible. What they didn’t expect was that Justin’s dad would die young, leaving Justin to run the family dairy supporting his mom and sisters. He couldn’t leave, and she couldn’t stay.

Fifteen years later, Natalie’s fiance, Russell Jacobs decides to take her back “home” to be married. He has no idea of the hornets nest he is stirring by dragging her back. The whispers begin the first time she enters the diner, and suddenly, venues they reserved in Russell’s name for the wedding are “double-booked”, leaving Natalie scrounging for a place to hold her wedding reception. When it appears that the only place big enough is an old barn on Justin’s property, Natalie is sure all is lost.

Justin has been rescuing Natalie for so long that it’s second nature. Even though he’s always felt like she deserted him, he can’t help feeling that they have unfinished business. When she left, she pretty much took his heart with her. As they work together to turn his barn into a showplace, will they discover they still have a spark of something between them? Can he convince her that marrying someone she hasn’t been honest with about her past is no way to start a marriage? Can he rescue her one more time, before she steps into a future that doesn’t include him?

What a story! Natalie’s story made me weep for the child she was and the hateful way she was treated, through no fault of her own. Justin was always her light, which makes it ironic that they met in a lighthouse. The love his family showed her was pretty much the only love she received, so coming back to town was not even on her horizon. Her pain is woven through nearly every page until finally, she is shown truth.

This is a story of redemption and restoration, from despair to hope. The third book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams series, On Love’s Gentle Shore, is sweet contemporary romance at its finest, and is a beautiful conclusion to the series. While all three books are interconnected, each can be read on its own. I do recommend reading the whole series, though! The characters from the first book show up, and their story continues, in the third book. I loved this whole series, and of the three, I think On Love’s Gentle Shore was the best one. I highly recommend!

 

Rated G: No worries here.

 

Reviewer’s copy was purchased personally.

 

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