Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: "The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill"

Until now, Julie Klassen has only written stand-alone novels. Her newest book, however, is the first in a series set in Ivy Hill in England in 1820. It's a regency romance with an emphasis on the regency, just the right touch of romance thrown in. I loved reading it.

Through this novel's pages, readers will meet most of the inhabitants of the village of Ivy Hill. They'll learn about inn keeping, the Royal Mail, and coaching. They'll see women making their entrance into the business world, helping each other, and earning respect. They'll also see how members of a community come to depend on each other and how relationships of all kinds can be restored and begin to thrive when people choose to give each other the benefit of the doubt, take chances, and forgive.

Klassen has filled her English village with interesting characters and helps her readers care for every one. She's also placed them in a beautiful story that ends nicely with a sweet promise of more. Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book. I'm happy to share my thoughts about it with you.

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