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?
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A gem! I can hardly wait for book 2!
- Mommy Mel of CO
Another good book from Julie Klassen
Yes, if they enjoy period pieces. The characters are well rounded and the story is intriguing. It was a bit of a mystery and a lot about the friendship between women. All in all, it was well written.
Other books by Ms. Klassen have been equally as good as they capture your imagination and you get lost in the telling of the story. Her writing paints a picture that you can envision, making the story come to life.
Ms. Jasicki is an excellent reader and her transition between voices is excellent. You're never left wondering who is speaking and she's great with male voices too.
As always, I'm looking forward to Ms. Klassen's next book.