The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (Tales from Ivy Hill #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Tales from Ivy Hill series.

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This is the first of a trilogy that transports the reader to the time of horses & carriages and to the lives of women making their way in an unwelcoming business world.  You'll hate to say goodbye to the well-developed characters.


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First Series from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen

The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to 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 find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?

About the Author

Julie Klassen is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes fulltime. Three of her books have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Julie has also won the Minnesota Book Award, Christian Retailing's BEST Award, the Midwest Book Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards, and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit

Product Details
ISBN: 9780764218132
ISBN-10: 0764218131
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Pages: 448
Language: English
Series: Tales from Ivy Hill