Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

Series: Tales From Ivy Hill (Book 1)
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ISBN-10: 0764218131
ISBN-13: 978-0764218132
Release Date ~ December 6, 2016! 
The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love? 

Recently I had been looking for a wonderful historical fiction ~ romance novel to just immerse myself in and escape from the day to day world for just a bit.  I was blessed last week to have some time to read a rather fantastic Regency Romance novel ~ The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen.

Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. I carried it everywhere with me and kept reading it at every available opportunity.  The story was captivating with it's twists and turns and the characters were truly engaging. The main plot and sub-plots were creative and complemented each other within this story. All in all, this book ended up being just what I needed and wanted to read.

I have to admit I fell in love with the world and the people of the Ivy Hill Inn and I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

Rating: 5 Stars

Thank you to  Library Thing and Bethany House Publishers for the free gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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