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Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

Book 1, Tales From Ivy Hill

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First Series from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen!

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?

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The Innkeeper at Ivy Hill was Uneventful

The Inn Keeper of Ivy Hill
Julie Klassen

Book Summary: 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?

Review: For me I had a hard time getting through this book. I really did not like Jane in the beginning and found Thora to be an imitation of Dame Maggie Smith’s character from Downton Abbey which fell flat for me. I really like Julie Klassen’s books, but for me this was difficult to get through. Jane started out weak. There were way to many secondary characters introduced in a short period of time to keep up with. It took too long The fighting was more than I would like. I finally gave up trying to enjoy the book.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Tales from Ivy Hill!

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen is the first book in Tales from Ivy Hill. Jane Bell has been widowed for one year. She has been in a type of slumber (or stupor) and has not done anything about the coaching inn, The Bell, she inherited from her husband (much to her mother-in-law’s dismay). Thora Bell, Jane’s mother-in-law, went to live with her sister, Diana after her son passed away. But the life of leisure is not suited to her. Thora misses running the inn and when she receives a letter from the housekeeper about the sad state of the place, she returns to Ivy Hill (Wiltshire, England) for a “visit”. Walter Talbot, who ran the inn during Thora’s reign, left when his brother passed away and he inherited the family farm. Patrick, Thora’s younger son, returned to the inn a month and a half prior after hearing about his brother’s death (he seems dubious). Mr. Bloomfield, the local banker, visits stating that John Bell took out a loan of 15,000 pounds and it is now due (he has waited a year to tell Jane about this loan). Jane was unaware of the debt and has no way to repay it. Business at The Bell has tapered off since John’s death (along with Talbot and Thora’s leaving) and the installation of the new turnpike. Jane only has three months to prove that she can make The Bell profitable, or the bank will sell it. Jane cannot let the inn be sold. It will mean a loss of income for so many people in their village. Jane sets out to turn The Bell around and prove that she has what it takes to run it.

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is a good story, but it is a little slow in places. It is set in 1820 in a small village in England. I liked the characters and the lovely setting. I enjoyed watching Jane change (develop) as the novel progressed. We also get to see adjustments in Thora and her beliefs about marriage. Thora and her two suitors are prominent in The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (I could not fit everything into the summary). I give The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill 4 out of 5 stars. The book is well-written and Ms. Klassen does a great job at capturing the time period. The novel has romance (of course) and a mystery. It was interesting to read about a coaching inn and the part they played in a village and with travelers. We are left with Jane’s story unfinished, and readers will have to wait for the next installment of Tales from Ivy Hill. If you enjoy historical romance novels, I recommend The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. I will be reading the next book in Tales from Ivy Hill.

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Innkeeper of Ivy Hill
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  • Category: Religious
  • Published: Dec 06, 2016
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Seller: Baker Book House Company
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Tales From Ivy Hill
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