Tuesday, 17 January 2017
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill - Julie Klassen
The lifeblood of the village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. When the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant landlady. Jane has no idea how to manage a business, but with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must quickly find a way to save 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 overcome her losses and find purpose for the future. As she works with Jane, two men from her past vie for her attention, but Thora has promised herself never to marry again. Will one of them convince her to embrace a second chance at love?
As pressure mounts from the bank, Jane employs new methods, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place, including a mysterious newcomer with secret plans of his own. With the help of friends old and new, can Jane restore life to the inn, and to her empty heart as well?
I can appreciate the time, effort and research that obviously went into this book. The fact that Ivy Hill is based on a real place in England that the author has visited, is a charming idea. However, the story did not hold my interest, and the only thing that kept me reading was this review. There's was just nothing about the story that kept me turning pages, or even wanting to know how it ends. I would have loved to be drawn into the mystery, but it didn't happen for me. I also didn't get a good sense what a coaching inn was about; the daily routines, or even the tasks that Jane filled her day with. If you like a slow-paced, uneventful read, you may find this book more captivating than I did. I know others have written glowing reviews about it; unfortunately I couldn't.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Posted by Linda Maendel