The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (#01 in Tales From Ivy Hill Series)
A sudden change in circumstances sees genteel lady Jane Bell inherit The Bell inn - and its considerable liabilities. Tempted to return to her former life of ease, Jane soon realises there is more at stake than her comfort. Can...
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A sudden change in circumstances sees genteel lady Jane Bell inherit The Bell inn - and its considerable liabilities. Tempted to return to her former life of ease, Jane soon realises there is more at stake than her comfort. Can Jane turn the place around and keep the bank at bay?
: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?
Klassen is a fiction editor with a background in advertising. Lady of Milkweed Manor is her first novel. Julie and her husband have two sons and liye in Minnesota.