It’s always exciting news when you hear that one of your favorite authors is writing her first series. Say what?! Sign me up for every single book please!
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?
Well, what can I say? Klassen has once again fully captivated my attention with every single character. I’m so glad this is a series, because I want more! The book is very much a character driven story and I loved it. It’s not her normal story telling style, but I so enjoyed that it wasn’t fully what I expected and the various points of view worked so well for this one.
I loved that for many characters it was a journey of them learning to become people they didn’t think they could be.
I am really looking forward to what’s next, who’s story will continue and what comes next for the people of Ivy Hill!
Have you had a chance to read much of Klassen’s books? Do you have a favorite?
(Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)