The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen is the first book in the series Tales From Ivy Hill. Isn't the cover gorgeous?! It looks so peaceful and calm. This book reminds me of Cranford so if you like shows like that you will definitely like this story. The story itself is very well done and keeps you guessing who will be with whom and if the characters are good or bad.
Jane Bell has been widowed for a year and is still in shock that her husband left her in charge of the coaching inn, The Bell. Then when she found out that her husband had taken out a loan without ever telling her and they are about to lose the inn, she is propelled into trying to save the place. But they only have three months to come up with a plan to prove to the bank that they can make enough to pay it off. Will they be able to or is all hope lost?
First off, I want to say that it was hard for me to get into this book at first. The story moved differently and you read from several perspectives which has never been my favorite way to read a story. But after the first chapter, I became interested in the characters and really felt for their predicaments. Honestly, this book has become my favorite from this author simply because it had so much depth and mystery and realistic struggles with relationships and life in general. Even if you don't typically read stories from this time period, I highly recommend you try it out. It is just so good from the plot to the characters and to the myriad of problems scattered throughout the story. I was rarely bored or disinterested; instead I was invested in what would happen to the characters and couldn't put the book down.
I was given this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.