Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen, © 2016

Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1


My Review:
   Welcome to the village of Ivy Hill! The English countryside opens before us as we hear the horn blown announcing the nearness of the coach as it approaches The Bell giving the occupants rest and refreshment before some will travel on to a further destination. But those who stop awhile at this fine inn will be delighted to know they have indeed reached a place of comfort.

Author Julie Klassen has included two video trailers for her series:

First Series from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen!

On a rise overlooking the Wiltshire countryside stands the village of Ivy Hill. Its coaching inn, The Bell, is its lifeblood–along with the coach lines that stop there daily, bringing news, mail, travelers, and much-needed trade.

Jane Bell lives on the edge of the inn property. She had been a genteel lady until she married the charming innkeeper who promised she would never have to work in his family’s inn. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Jane finds herself The Bell’s owner, and worse, she has three months to pay a large loan or lose the place.

Feeling reluctant and ill-equipped, Jane is tempted to abandon her husband’s legacy and return to her former life of ease. However, she soon realizes there is more at stake than her comfort. But who can she trust to help her? Her resentful mother-in-law? Her husband’s brother, who wanted the inn for himself? Or the handsome newcomer with secret plans of his own?

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane struggles to win over naysayers and turn the place around. Can Jane bring new life to the inn, and to her heart as well?

As you are reading this series, you will enjoy this map in the front to acquaint you with the village of Ivy Hill, descriptive of the housing and places of business. I was drawn to the ladies meeting which was a surprise ~ in fact, they call it somewhat different than what actually happens in the discussions.LRfinal map_scan

I found my alliance changing in the story as a character I was not really fond of, as I came to know her a little better, I discovered why she carried herself as she did. Have you portrayed a front, that when you become known is not deeply who you are? Exposed for the better!

I enjoyed getting to know the characters and have a few questions that I may discover in the next books in the series. Welcome them into your heart, as they become alive in Ivy Hill and surrounding villages.

Image result for julie klassen  ***Thank you author Julie Klassen for Book 1! Thank you to Bethany House for sending a review copy for the book tour. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage coming December 2017

Go over to where the author is giving away ten copies of this first story ~ entry deadline is January 5, 2017. Open to U.S. residents only.

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