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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (#01 in Tales From Ivy Hill Series)

Julie Klassen
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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (#01 in Tales From Ivy Hill Series)

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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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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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Meet the Author

Julie Klassen

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.

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Romance, Friendship and Faith
4 stars By Tracy, Feb 24 2018
The story is based around a small country community with some very interesting characters. It is a great story that kept me guessing the whole way through. It has a good balance of romance, friendship and faith. Looking forward to reading the next book in his series.
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Not quite up there with some of her others
4 stars By Lisa, Jan 15 2018
I've always been a big Julie Klassen fan!  I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this, the first of three in her first series.  Perhaps it is because it is a series and so many exciting love matches are still to be made in the following two books . . . but I didn't feel like this was as good as some of Julie Klassen's stand alone novels.  If you were to compare it to the Apothacary's Daughter, or Lady of Milkweed Manor, I'm afraid it deserves one less star than these.  I do look forward to getting the next of of the Ivy Hill series books though, to see how things turn out for Jane, and Rachel, and Mercy, and Locke! 
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Exciting read!
4 stars By Colleen, Jan 14 2018
Another of Julie Klassens masterpieces that weaves characters lives seemlessly throughout the book. Encouraging and full of anticipation. Great read. 
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Historical - Captivating
5 stars By Tanja, Dec 26 2017
Ivy Hill is a fictional place, but it is modelled on a true location in England and the book and characters have a Jane Austin style-feel to it. This book was about Jane, who had lost her husband and the family business falls into her hands. She is not too sure if she has all it takes to be the manager of this business, which involves being the inn keeper. The book brings across the difficulties that women faced in the 1800s. In that time, sometimes if family members died they would have to give up the home they had lived in and ended up with nothing, no possessions at all. Even if they had come from privileged families, they could as a result of family tragedies, end up merely surviving. In the book, the author describes how Jane is nearly walked all over, because she was a woman and was lacking the knowledge of how to fight for herself. The story is not Jane's story alone, the author builds on several other characters in the imaginary place of Ivy Hill. This book is the first in the series, and I hope to read the next one which has already come out now!
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Great start to a new series
5 stars By Iola, Dec 23 2016
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is, in my view, a return to the kind of form Klassen showed in her earlier novels such as The Apothecary's Daughter and The Lady of Milkweed Manor-she's back to addressing social issues in a genteel almost English way. She also points out how everyone in the village is dependent on everyone else:

Village life is like an ivy vine climbing a great oak. You cut off the vine at the root, and all the way up the tree, the leaves wither. We're all connected.

Yes, it is still obvious from some of the vocabulary that she's an American writing about a foreign country (although a foreign country she's familiar with, having visited beautiful Wiltshire several times). But that's something most readers wouldn't pick up on unless they too had a very correct English Army officer for a grandfather (back in his day, cute meant sharp. Not pretty).

So if you're looking for a gentle wander through the pretty villages of 1820's England, you'll enjoy a visit to Ivy Hill. For myself, I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Catalogue Code 473616
  • Product Code 9781441230621
  • ISBN 1441230629
  • EAN 9781441230621
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication Date Dec 2016
  • Sales Rank #71207
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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