Monday, July 17, 2017

On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson | New Novel News

On Love's Gentle Shore
by Liz Johnson

Published: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Revell
Purchase: On Love's Gentle Shore

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

Justin's never forgotten Natalie or the music career he always dreamed of pursuing. He'd been prepared to follow her off the island until his dad died and he was left 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 discover the groundwork for forgiveness--and that there may be more than an old friendship between them.

Get to know Liz...

If your book became a movie, who would you cast for your main characters?
I always pictured Natalie as Jessica Chastain, all wild red hair and blue eyes, and I love the cleft in her chin. Justin has always resembled Christian Kane from the TV show Leverage. He’s not too tall and has the stocky build he needs to wrestle cows on his dairy farm. And he has long hair, which he keeps pulled back in a ponytail. Natalie still teases him about it.

Would you rather go to the future or go to the past?
I think I’d rather visit the past. I’d like to see (but not live in) Regency England. Maybe I’d have tea into Jane Austen. I’d definitely enjoy a country walk

Who is your favorite secondary character?
In my books, Aretha Franklin is by far my favorite secondary character. She’s such a wonderful woman. Despite suffering terrible heartache when her husband left her, she’s neither bitter, nor consumed by it. She’s defined by compassion and joy.

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