On Love’s Gentle Shore is the third book in Liz Johnson’s Prince Edward Island Dreams. The previous two novels contain the stories of characters met in this novel, but it is not essential to have read those books to appreciate the story. The idyllic setting of Prince Edward Island will draw all those who have already fallen in love with the location and entice those who have not to want to go there.
The premise of this story is similar to the other stories in the series. Namely, the lead character is dealing with difficult challenges and has come to the island where the person learns about love and forgiveness. This story is especially touching emotionally. Perhaps this has to do with the abusive childhood the main character, Natalie O’Ryan, endured.
Natalie O’Ryan’s character tugs at the heart strings. It is sad to see how her childhood experiences are still influencing her and affecting her choices. Her best friend from childhood was Justin Kane, and Natalie has been estranged from him for many years. Justin’s character and the way he knows Natalie so well is endearing and really draws the reader. Another side to this is watching Natalie discover that more than just Justin and his mother truly care and cared about her.
Romantics will enjoy this story because it has plenty of romantic undertones, but involves a love that is deeper than just physical attraction. The relationships are believable and enjoyable. This is a heartwarming story that does not rely on trite phrases or whirlwind romances to attract its readers.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell
Violence/Gore: Report that a child got into a scuffle and had a bloody nose; report of a child being physically abused by a parent – this is referenced many times, but not described in great detail.
Sex/Nudity: Many mentions that a man was unfaithful to his wife; report that a woman was called a whore; non-married characters kiss, hold hands and embrace.
Mature Subject Matter:
Child abuse, alcoholism, death of a parent.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Character mentions that her father was an alcoholic; a man refuses an offer of a glass of wine.