Well, Julie Klassen has finally dipped her toes into the pond of writing a series! I enjoy her standalone inspirational Regency books, but it’s also fun to have the characters stick around long enough for a series.
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is the beginning of a few different stories. We first meet Jane, a young widow suddenly responsible for the family inn and struggling with both grief and secrets. Her distant mother-in-law, Thora, is also a prominent character. Both yearn for a true family, but the past seems to stand in their way. And is that love knocking at the door?
There’s also a host of secondary characters who seem likely to become main characters down the road – Rachel, Mercy, maybe even Patrick or Sir Timothy. I like that we met so many of them already, but I admit that the extra head-jumping was a bit much at times. So we’ll see!
One thing I love about Julie Klassen’s writing is that she includes little literary Easter eggs in her stories – nods to old classics like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. Keep an eye out when you read them! 😉
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill is available now, so go find yourself a copy and enjoy!
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of inspirational Regency fiction; readers loyal to Julie Klassen; those who enjoy books that start several storylines to be continued in a series; readers of historical fiction
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers.