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?...
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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill #1) Reviews
Jane Bell has been a widow for about a year when this book opens, she is starting to come back to life, and when she does her Inn is falling apart, and is now mortgaged to the hilt and beyond. She never wanted to own the inn, but her late husband John left all of this to her, and not to his brother or mother.
Now with unanswered questions concerning John’s early death, she is shouldering a big conundrum as to how to save the inn, and keep the mail stages coming. Surprising help comes to her, and ...more
Slow and steady. That may not sound like a compliment for a book, but I do mean it that way.
This isn't a fast-paced, gripping kind of story that you start reading and can't stand to put down until you've sat reading for hours and finally turned the last page with a sense of relieved satisfaction. However, neither is it the kind of slow story that just drags on and on until you simply can't bear to force yourself to read any more. It's... Well, it's kind of like hot chocolate. It's warm and comfo ...more
Who would have ever thought I would be a fan of Traditional Regencies? But after watching Downton Abbey I was addicted! Both in the lives of the wealthy and also those of the common folks as well. Something I think I would fall into if I had been born a long time ago. One thing is certain, the rights of women have definitely come a long way. In those days if a woman was married but her husband died, all of her property, wealth and assets went to the next male in the family. Either a brother, cou ...more
I'm not certain why I didn't find this as interesting as Klassen's previous books. I think I was a little put out with the heroine, a widow who is dragged back into reality with the realization that she will lose her livelihood--the coaching inn her husband owned--if she doesn't do something fast. Lots of historical details, especially dealing with women's lack of power: their husband's controlled everything and even as a widow she wouldn't necessarily be seen as someone who could manage her aff ...more
After much deliberation I have settled on 3.5 stars for Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. I've followed Julie's books for some time, and read them all. After her last book, which took us to a rather risqué new level for her, I'd decided I was done. Then, it appeared she had returned to Bethany House & they had another book listed for her. The first in Julie's series 'Ivy Hill'. Purely due to the publishers sterling reputation, I figured it was worth one more try.
To begin with, I could not understand w ...more
Well, I rather enjoyed this book. Three very different women in the town of Ivy Hill have lost much recently.
Jane was raised a gentle woman of means, but fell madly for a working man who owned the family's coaching inn. But a year ago she lost her husband and sense of purpose, and now with a huge loan she didn't know about, no business sense because she was not allowed to work at the inn, she may go under.
Thora, Jane's mother-in-law, also lost her husband then most recently her son. After Jane ...more
Strong Women with Mettle, Perseverance, and Resourcefulness
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
TYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance, Historical Fiction
SETTING: 1820 Wiltshire, England
- Jane Fairmont Bell: A refined gentleman’s daughter who surprisingly married an innkeeper.
- Thora Bell: Jane’s no-nonsense mother-in-law who has lots of experience working as a landlady of an inn and doesn’t have the best of relationships with Jane.
- Patrick Bell: Jane’s charming brother-in-law, who at times seems ...more
I gave this 5 stars because it was a wonderful story. Julie Klassens books are so comforting to me. No one tells a story like her. I snuggled up with this book every morning in a cozy chair and latte and read and read. I loved all the characters and am so exciting that it is a trilogy. I can't wait to find out more about Ivy Hill and wished I could visit this place in real life.