The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill, #1)The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this type of historical. It’s not romance, although there is some romance in it. It’s a much broader and richer story than you can get in a romance novel. This is more like a PBS period drama. Think Downton Abbey or Poldark. The characters are layered and diverse, and their backstory is dribbled out as a tease throughout the book. The setting is a quaint town in 1820 England. We meet all levels of that society, from the gentry to the lowliest kitchen pot scrubber. Fascinating glimpse into that time and place.

Jane Bell inherits The Bell coaching inn upon the untimely death of her husband. Left to run an inn she was never involved in with the help of her brother-in-law, a shady character, and her mother-in-law, who never approved of her, Jane finds help and strength in unexpected places.

This is obviously only book one of a much longer series, and I can’t wait to read the second installment. Well done, Julie Klassen!

Published by Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens; keep a few barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg is published in the Barbour historical romance collections. Pegg also works as Publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. Pegg won the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love Award for 2019, was a finalist for the 2019 ACFW Editor of the Year, and a double finalist for the 2019 ACFW Carol Awards.

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