Marie has effectively run away from home because her father has betrayed her in the worst possible way. Jack sees Marie in the ferry terminal counting and recounting her change and he knows she doesn't have enough to get a ferry ticket, so he convinces her he needs her decorating expertise to complete his bed and breakfast inn. Jack doesn't know much about how he wants his inn to look, except that he wants it to have a red door and he wants to call it the Red Door Inn.
Seth is Jack's nephew and has been swindled out of his last dime, so he's working for Jack doing the handyman repairs on the inn. He mistrusts Marie and wants to find her ulterior motive before she swindles his uncle Jack out of all his money.
Jack sees something between Marie and Seth and puts them together whenever he can, which, for Seth, suits him just fine.
Marie knows that her time away from home is short because her father's private detective will catch up to her sooner or later. When disaster strikes the inn and Jack is about to run out of money, Marie decides that sooner is better than later, since she can help bail Jack out.
Liz Johnson has written a soulful book with some real-life angst-filled problems. She has the characters solve them in ways that are realistic and logical.
This is a five star book, two thumbs up, and a night at the Red Door Inn.
My thanks to Revell Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.