The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

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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?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781410496300
1410496309
Branch Call Number: LP IF KLASSEN
Characteristics: 647 pages (large print) : map ; 23 cm
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In this engaging historical fiction novel, the innkeeper at Ivy Hill's coaching inn, The Bell, dies suddenly. Then, his genteel wife, Jane, becomes a reluctant owner and must team up with her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, to save the town's livelihood.


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JCLMargaretO Jun 11, 2019

For Austen fans, this first in a new series is a must read. A gentle, historical tale set amid the quiet of the beautiful English countryside. Great writing, and although there are a number of characters to keep up with, they are well developed and worth the effort.

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marleneheather
Jan 04, 2019

Good read, night time fiction, I enjoyed getting to know these ladies and the era they are living in. Look forward to reading book 2..

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DarGrace
Aug 24, 2018

I really liked this book, the characters and Julie Klassen's writing. This is the first novel I've read by her, but I will read more. The Ladies of Ivy Hill is on hold now. It's a story set in England, in a small community, telling the tale of Jane, a widow, who is left an inn to run by her husband. Having no knowledge how to run an inn has put the business in a bad state, especially in a time when women were not expected to be involved in business. Shows the camaraderie between women, their encouragement and help, plus the men who are standing behind them. Different relationships are woven throughout the book, with three of them followed in the next book. I wasn't sure I'd like the book in the beginning, but was quickly drawn into it, staying up till the wee hours of the morning reading. Well written, great conversations, nice development of characters. I love historical fiction as it gives me an "eye" into things that went on in the past.

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1170DONNA
Aug 04, 2018

I love historical fiction and this book fit the bill. I learned a lot about coaching Inn's and their importance in their time. I loved that the heroine quit having a pity party when her husband died. She got up and started working to succeed, not just for herself, but for the benefit of her community. Loss and sorrow were used to build her character. A pleasant read but also many things to think about how we handle loss and trouble. Excellent.

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sharlkan
Mar 27, 2018

A delightful read and leaves me wanting to know more about the future.

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Alpha_zzz
Oct 09, 2017

This was not my favorite Julie Klassen book.
There were so many characters and they all had their own little side stories that the main storyline had a lot of disjoints in it. I wondered at times who Klassen intended to have the main character be.
I didn't appreciate the writing as well as some of other Klassen's books either.

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JEbbett
May 13, 2017

First time reading Julie Klassen and I was very pleased. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is about resilience, determination and strength of a gentle woman's character. The main character is Jane, a recent widow, but there are also several other women in the novel that the author gives enough clues to suggest a sequel or two. Ms. Klassen writes well and focus is more on life in a gentle english village and building relationships, rather than a cheap romance with history thrown in.

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Kim Potter
Dec 27, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is the first book in Julie Klassen’s Tales from Ivy Hill series. When the story first started, I thought, “Oh no, another helpless, clueless female that has no idea what is going on around her!” But Jane Bell didn’t stay downtrodden. She rallied and became aware that life wasn’t just about her losses. She had to save the inn, not just for herself, but for her husband’s legacy and the good of the town. Of course, there’s a villain who wants to see the inn close. So, Jane must race to save her inheritance with help from some old and new friends. Can she make it before she loses everything? That’s the final question. I can’t wait for the next installment! If you like Regency Romance with history throw into the mix, then this story is for you. Ms. Klassen did a great job.

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Kim Potter
Dec 27, 2016

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is the first book in Julie Klassen’s Tales from Ivy Hill series. When the story first started, I thought, “Oh no, another helpless, clueless female that has no idea what is going on around her!” But Jane Bell didn’t stay downtrodden. She rallied and became aware that life wasn’t just about her losses. She had to save the inn, not just for herself, but for her husband’s legacy and the good of the town. Of course, there’s a villain who wants to see the inn close. So, Jane must race to save her inheritance with help from some old and new friends. Can she make it before she loses everything? That’s the final question. I can’t wait for the next installment! If you like Regency Romance with history throw into the mix, then this story is for you. Ms. Klassen did a great job.

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