Title: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill
Author: Julie Klassen
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Description from Goodreads: “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?”
Review: This is a truly wonderful book. I fell in love with this wonderful town, the fantastic people, and this beautiful Inn of Ivy Hill. I was engrossed in the lives of these colorful, relatable, loving (most of the time) people.
It grabbed my attention pretty quickly, it did slow a bit in the middle but really picked up at the end. The last 100 pages I could not put down and read in one sitting.
This is a feel good book, and one that will make you forget your troubles for a while. I love the books that fill your heart and leave you with a smile when you finish that last page. This is the first book in a new series and I look forward to reading the rest of the books.
Recommendation: I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction or just feel good books.
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*