Friday, December 2, 2016

DECEMBER 2, 2016

Happy Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend? Everyone seems to be hustling and bustling getting ready for Christmas. I know I have been but I also need to remember that I need to prepare my heart for Christmas. To focus on the birth of Jesus and what that means for us and to us as believers. I hope you know Jesus. He really is the "Reason for the Season" and the best gift we receive.

I finished reading Julie Klassen's latest book, "The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill." As with all of Julie's book, I completely enjoyed it.
I cheered for Jane, was suspicious of Patrick and undecided about Thora. I was relieved and surprised on the outcome. You must read the book!

Karen Hadley

I received this book for my honest review.
Rating: 5 stars

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?

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Her book, The Silent Governess, was also a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit for more information.

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