22 December 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

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On a rise overlooking the Wiltshire countryside stands the village of Ivy Hill. Its coaching inn, The Bell, is its lifebloodalong 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?

A book from Julie Klassen never disappoints me. As I read The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, I fell in love with the characters, the community that surrounds them, and the quaint and cozy inn setting. Every aspect feels so warm and transporting and captivating, making this a perfect book to curl up with and get lost in on a chilly day. Klassen skillfully weaves together three character perspectives to tell this charming historical story and sets it up perfectly for the continuation of the series (which I’m really excited to read!). For fans of Julie Klassen and readers of historical fiction, I highly recommend The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill—I loved it! 

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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