In The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, Jane is thrown into the running of the coaching inn, The Bell, when her husband dies expectantly. She has not run a business before and is facing the ruin of the town's economy as well as a loan that is coming due.
Because of these circumstances, Jane turns to the previous mistress of the inn, Thora, her mother-in-law. The two have not always seen eye-to-eye. Thora is also facing loss and trying to find a path for her future. The two work together, as well as others, some more well-meaning than others, to try to keep the inn open and successful.
Julie Klassen, the author, has a knack for telling stories. This book is not the exception. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is the first of a series, Tales from Ivy Hill. I enjoyed the book almost from the beginning and am now looking forward to future books in this series.
Klassen created believable characters which add charm to the entire book. The setting is beautiful, at least in my mind's eye, also.
I think that this is a great book to begin the year with.
I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.