Character Spotlight: Liz Johnson’s Caden & Adam (with giveaway)

Where Two Hearts MeetMeet an executive chef and a journalist in

Liz Johnson’s

contemporary romance

Where Two Hearts Meet



The Story

Evocative Contemporary Romance Set in a Charming Inn on Beautiful Prince Edward Island

In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.

Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.

When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.

Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn.

Introducing Caden & Adam

Brief physical description

Caden Holt is a 27-year-old native of PEI. She has blue eyes and a blond bob that frames her somewhat round face. She has a dimple in each cheek and a wonderful, wide smile. She’s short and curvy and generally tries to blend into the background.

Adam Jacobs is a 30-year-old journalist from Washington D.C. He’s not overly tall, but he’s fit after spending 3 months embedded with an army unit. His hair is a soft chestnut, and he has gray-green eyes. His nose is just a little too big for his other features, but it’s endearing. He has a perpetually thoughtful expression, but when he smiles, it lights up his whole face. He often wears a five o’clock shadow—especially while he’s on sabbatical from his position at the newspaper.


I’ve always pictured Caden looking like Meghan Trainor—maybe with a little less makeup and shorter hair.

And Adam looks like one of my favorite actors, Jeremy Renner.

Strengths and weaknesses

Caden has a very kind heart, and she loves to cook and care for the guests at the inn, but she also battles deep insecurities. She’s never been the best at anything, and she doubts that she has what it takes to really help the Red Door Inn.

Adam is adventurous and creative. He loves to dig into a story and uncover the truth. But he can’t forgive himself for the mistakes he’s made. His regrets weigh heavily on him, and he feels he must atone for them.


Quirk (if any)

Caden has been known to dance around her kitchen to her favourite Broadway show tunes while preparing breakfast for the inn’s guests. But she’s not exactly as graceful as she’d like to be, and it sometimes backfires.

Adam has a love for history and a deep curiosity—a necessity for a journalist. But he doesn’t always know how to get answers from friends instead of sources. He’s learning for the first time what it means to have real friends and the things that forge deep connections between people.

Your inspiration for the character

The inspiration for Caden actually came from the chef at my favorite B&B in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, who set out sweet treats for guests every afternoon. Caden and I also have a lot in common—except I can’t cook at all. We share a penchant for Broadway musicals, have great relationships with our families, and love Prince Edward Island. I think my love for the island is the inspiration for hers too.

Adam was inspired by a news story I heard about Middle Eastern translators, who help the U.S. military there. These men put their lives on the line to fight terrorists in their own countries. I won’t share too much, as it’s a big point in the book. But I was fascinated by the story and knew that Adam would be too.

Background to the story

On my second trip to PEI, I was walking along the boardwalk in North Rustico and looked up to see a big blue house across from the water. It was too big for a single family (although it was private residence), and I couldn’t stop imagining it as an inn. What would it be like to visit the island and stay in that home? And that home became the inspiration for the Red Door Inn—a place where broken hearts find healing. And Adam and Caden are the perfectly broken hearts for this book.

Thanks Liz!

Liz JohnsonLiz Johnson is a full-time marketing specialist for a Nashville-based publisher. She has been a freelance writer and editor for several publications, including CBA Retailers+Resources, Christian Fiction Online magazine, and Storytellers Journal. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is the author of several books, including The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn (an ACFW Carol Award finalist) and A Star in the Night, which was part of the New York Times and ECPA bestselling A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. 

Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of Seal Under Seige,  A Promise to Protect,  Code of Justice Vanishing Act and The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn
Character spotlight on Myles & Kenzie and Will & Jessalynn
The Inside Scoop! on Liz
Visit Liz’s website and blog
Buy at Amazon: Where Two Hearts Meet or Koorong


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30 Responses to Character Spotlight: Liz Johnson’s Caden & Adam (with giveaway)

  1. I would ask Caden to make homemade cinnamon buns/rolls with icing! :) PEI is such a great province. I’ve been there several times and have loved it each time!

  2. I’d enjoy Caden’s cinnamon rolls. I loved The Red Door Inn and was happy to learn Caden is the main character in Where Two Hearts Meet. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Rel, thanks for sharing another great looking book. I think I’ll have to put this on my wish list.
    Have a great week!

  4. I would go with homemade cinnamon rolls also. They are so good while they areally still warm. Book sounds amazing and would love to read.

  5. I would go with some type of gooey chocolate treat. Yum! I’m adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the character peek and giveaway!

  6. How about some fresh piping hot cinnamon rolls drizzled with lot of icing and a pat of real butter melting on the top (that’s how I like them)? And of course, you have to wash it all down with some freshly ground dark roast brewed coffee :-)

    I’ll even take some fresh made pecan sweet rolls, I’m not picky…lol!

  7. Cannot wait to meet Caden and Adam. Liz’s story is next on my TBR, which I expect will be lovely. :)

  8. I would love Caden to make blueberry muffins for breakfast. They are my favorite!

  9. Makes me long for a vacation an maybe a man.

  10. Anything chocolate would be wonderful! :)

  11. I’m kind of a fan of cupcakes, but mostly for the frosting. So I would like Caden to make creatively flavored cupcakes decadent frostings.

  12. I would ask Caden to make me a 13 layer chocolate cake with homemade chocolate frosting and yellow cake mix. My Grandmother would make this for my birthday. I have the recipe if she would like to borrow it.

  13. The sweet treat I would enjoy would be French pastries. I love goodies with cream filling, yum!

  14. I would like chocolate mousse fudge cake with cookies and cream ice cream on the side.

  15. I would love a peanut butter and chocolate milkshake with whip cream on the top

  16. Peanut butter brownies sound wonderful, or as an afternoon treat how about some warm chocolate chip cookies!

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