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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill Audiobook

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill: Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2016 Julie Klassen (P)2016 Recorded Books

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  • Mommy Mel of CO
    Colorado, USA
    18/12/16
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    "A gem! I can hardly wait for book 2!"

    This was very well read and written. I loved the characters and that the breadth of the story demands follow up. I have questions about what really happened in the past? What will become of our favorite characters? Will the criminal be brought to justice?

    This is not a book of simpering females who all get their man. Real life regret and pain amidst acceptance and triumph. If you are looking for a good read, this book is for you!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • KN
    18/03/17
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    "Most enjoyable Book!!"
    If you could sum up The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill in three words, what would they be?

    A book with substance


    What about Elizabeth Jasicki’s performance did you like?

    I loved her voicing for the different characters. She stayed "in character" for each person or character. Her cadence is great and she is very pleasant to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was too long to listen to in one setting, but I always anticipated the next time of listening. With this book, I learned about Audible's sleep timer.


    Any additional comments?

    The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill: Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1, is a book of substance. The characters have depth, are well developed, do not simper, and it really is hard to know what will happen next. I feel like I know these people. Julie Klassen is not afraid to weave true faith in God and prayer through the story. I love an unpredictable plot that is not 'cut and dried' and the conclusion cannot be deducted early... Julie is a wordsmith and crafts a story in a most delightful way.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • franni_nm
    18/03/17
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    "Another good book from Julie Klassen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill to and why?

    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.


    What does Elizabeth Jasicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    As always, I'm looking forward to Ms. Klassen's next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SanDiegoSue
    San Diego, CA, USA
    14/02/17
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    "A gentle "feminist " story "

    In this book, the Julie Klassen gives us a very well written story of women existing in a world not made for or really accepting of women - the business world of the early 19th century. Within this world the various female characters draw from each other and from their own talents to fashion meaningful, successful and happy lives. In essence they create a world within a world. Yes, there is romance but it doesn't dominate the story. Men are presented in the most part not as ogres but human beings trying to understand and connect with women they admire and respect. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth C.
    28/09/17
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    "Slow to start but ...."

    this book gets so much better. It's slow and meandering at first and I think the narration kept me with it. Eventually the story shapes and becomes so lovely with a surprising feminist perspective, especially for the time. I recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha Istanbul
    Chapel Hill, NC USA (and world traveler)
    24/09/17
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    "The Story was fine but the narrator wasn't"

    The book's plotline was an old one, the bank trying to foil a woman by taking back her home (or business), but that was fine because there were some interesting side plots, however it was hard to listen to the narration. Elizabeth Jasicki made all the men's voices (and some of the women 's) sound like morose undertakers. All of her men's voices were the same.....slow-drawling, semi-low, and unhappy-sounding. It was difficult to distinguish which of the character's was speaking. She really needs to expand her scope of real men's voices. She could have made at least a few of them sound excited, or happy, or bemused. I really wonder if she thinks that all men sound as she portrayed them? It puts me off wanting to listen to any more of the Audible books she has narrated. Especially since the narrator can make or break a book on Audible. So you can see that I haven't listened to her narrate any other books, but I'm very hesitant to do so. I sometimes wonder if the author has any input on who is to narrate their book, because I can't picture any author wanting the men's voices in their book narrated so badly. I place so much value on good narration. If Elizabeth Jasicki plans to continue narrating, she needs to take some time to study how real men's voices truly sound. It can be done. I've heard several other women narrators that can portray men's voices well. Because of the poor narration, I can't recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Beth Maschner
    18/09/17
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    "Too depressing"

    After several attempts, I just couldn't get into the story. I like stories to entertain, uplift and transport me to another time. The main character was whimpy, boring and ignorant, the mother in law was a total shrew and add that to their circumstances, it's just too depressing to waste my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie
    14/09/17
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    "My kind of story"

    I loved the descriptive characters in the book and the perseverance of the main character especially. The writer's knowledge of the carriages and the period depicted put me right into the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vicki Y.
    01/09/17
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    "Well left me wanting more...."

    The intrigue kept one spellbound

    Waiting for a sequel to see how the characters develop further

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renee M. Olvera
    29/08/17
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    "Disappointed"

    Please don't listen to this julie klassen book first. Typically her books have romantic undertones and strong female characters that overcome obstacles using their intellect and skills. This book is completely opposite of the previous books that I have loved by Julie. This book actually made me upset and angry as I listened and I only completed the book in hopes of improvement that never came.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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