The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill Book
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Bethany House Publishers
  • Release Date : 2016-12-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 0764218131

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The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill Excerpt :

First Series from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen! 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?

The Bride of Ivy Green  Tales from Ivy Hill Book  3  Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Bride of Ivy Green Tales from Ivy Hill Book 3


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2018-12-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493416042

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The Bride of Ivy Green Tales from Ivy Hill Book 3 Excerpt :

Much has happened in idyllic Ivy Hill in recent months, and while several villagers have found new love and purpose, questions remain--and a few dearly held dreams have yet to be fulfilled. Jane Bell is torn. Gabriel Locke is back and has made his intentions clear. But Jane is reluctant to give up her inn and destine another man to a childless marriage. Then someone she never expected to see again returns to Ivy Hill. . . . Mercy Grove has lost her school and is resigned to life as a spinster, especially as the man she admires seems out of reach. Should she uproot herself from Ivy Cottage to become a governess for a former pupil? Her decision will change more lives than her own. A secretive new dressmaker arrives in the village, but the ladies soon suspect she isn't who she claims to be. Will they oust the imposter, or help rescue her from a dangerous predicament? In the meantime, everyone expects Miss Brockwell to marry a titled gentleman, even though her heart is drawn to another. While the people of Ivy Hill anticipate one wedding, an unexpected bride may surprise them all. Don't miss this romantic, stirring conclusion to Tales from Ivy Hill.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage  Tales from Ivy Hill Book  2  Book
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage Tales from Ivy Hill Book 2


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release Date : 2017-12-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493411900

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The Ladies of Ivy Cottage Tales from Ivy Hill Book 2 Excerpt :

New from the Top Author of Inspirational Regency Romance Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold. Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all. Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he? As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

An Ivy Hill Christmas Book
Score: 4.5
From 16 Ratings

An Ivy Hill Christmas


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2020-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493425136

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An Ivy Hill Christmas Excerpt :

Richard Brockwell, the younger son of Ivy Hill's most prominent family, hasn't been home for Christmas in years. He prefers to live in the London townhouse, far away from Brockwell Court, the old family secret that haunts him, and the shadows of his past mistakes. But then his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life--unless he comes home for Christmas. Out of options, he sets out for Ivy Hill, planning to be back on a coach bound for London and his unencumbered bachelor life as soon as the festivities are over. But Christmas in the country presents unforeseen surprises, including encounters with an orphaned apprentice, the first love he disappointed years ago, and Arabella Awdry, a young lady who is far more appealing than he recalled . . . and determined to have nothing to do with him. Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with its village charm, kissing boughs, joyous songs, and divine hope, work its magic in his heart . . . and hers as well?

The Bridge to Belle Island Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

The Bridge to Belle Island


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2019-12-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493420308

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The Bridge to Belle Island Excerpt :

After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn't satisfied with Bow Street's efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Eager to leave London for a while, Benjamin agrees. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and mystery. Soon he finds himself falling for the main suspect--a woman who claims not to have left the island in ten years. But should he trust her? On Belle Island, Isabelle feels safe and leads a productive life, but fear keeps her trapped there. When Mr. Booker arrives with news of her trustee's murder in London, Isabelle is stunned. She has not left the island, yet she has a recurring dream about the man's death. Or is it a memory? She had been furious with him, but she never intended . . . this. When a second person dies and evidence shockingly points to her, Isabelle doesn't know who to trust: the attractive lawyer or the admirer and friends who assemble on the island, each with grudges against the victim. Can she even trust her own mind? While they search for the truth, secrets come to light and danger comes calling.

The Painter s Daughter Book
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

The Painter s Daughter


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2015-11-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441228802

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The Painter s Daughter Excerpt :

Julie Klassen Is the Gold Standard for Inspirational Regency Fiction Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It's where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she's beautiful. Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother's neglected duties. Home on leave, he's sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter's daughter. He's startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him--one of Wesley's discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse. Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she'll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family. Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family's estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

Where Love Dwells Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Where Love Dwells


  • Author : Delia Parr
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2008-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN 10 : 9780764200885

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Where Love Dwells Excerpt :

A story set in New York celebrating families, faith and love.

Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark  The Book
Score: 4.5
From 7 Ratings

Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark The


  • Author : Lawana Blackwell
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 529
  • ISBN 10 : 9780764202698

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Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark The Excerpt :

Lydia Clark, a schoolmistress who may have a handsome dowry, is used by an archaeologist to help him win the heart of a local writer

The Apothecary s Daughter Book
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings

The Apothecary s Daughter


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release Date : 2009-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 1441203567

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The Apothecary s Daughter Excerpt :

Lillian Haswell, brilliant daughter of the local apothecary, yearns for more adventure and experience than life in her father's shop and their small village provides. She also longs to know the truth behind her mother's disappearance, which villagers whisper about but her father refuses to discuss. Opportunity comes when a distant aunt offers to educate her as a lady in London. Exposed to fashionable society and romance--as well as clues about her mother--Lilly is torn when she is summoned back to her ailing father's bedside. Women are forbidden to work as apothecaries, so to save the family legacy, Lilly will have to make it appear as if her father is still making all the diagnoses and decisions. But the suspicious eyes of a scholarly physician and a competing apothecary are upon her. As they vie for village prominence, three men also vie for Lilly's heart.

The Silent Governess Book
Score: 4.5
From 100 Ratings

The Silent Governess


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 276
  • ISBN 10 : 9780764207075

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The Silent Governess Excerpt :

Fleeing her home after believing herself guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene stumbles upon the grand estate of Lord Bradley, who gives her a post to confine her lest she reveal a dark secret of his.

Scattered Petals  Texas Dreams Book  2  Book
Score: 4.5
From 35 Ratings

Scattered Petals Texas Dreams Book 2


  • Author : Amanda Cabot
  • Publisher : Revell
  • Release Date : 2010-03-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441207395

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Scattered Petals Texas Dreams Book 2 Excerpt :

Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston and heads for Texas, never dreaming that the adventure she seeks will leave her badly injured and her parents dead. Priscilla is determined to rebuild her life and make a home for herself in the beautiful Hill Country. But the bandits who took her parents' lives also destroyed her hope for the future. Ranch foreman Zachary Webster knows what the future holds for him, and it's not a woman like Priscilla. She deserves a cultured East Coast gentleman, not a cowboy who's haunted by memories of his mistakes. The best thing he can do is leave her alone. When necessity draws them together, Priscilla and Zach begin to forge a life that, like the scattered petals of her childhood, is filled with promise. But then the past intrudes, threatening their very existence.

Fair Is the Rose Book
Score: 5
From 9 Ratings

Fair Is the Rose


  • Author : Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Publisher : WaterBrook
  • Release Date : 2004-03-16
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 481
  • ISBN 10 : 9781578561278

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Fair Is the Rose Excerpt :

The Scottish Lowlands, October 1789. A year has come and gone since Jamie McKie fled for his life, arriving at Auchengray in search of sanctuary and a bonny wife. Young Rose McBride, as fair a lass as any in Scotland, dearly loves her handsome cousin—but so does her older sister, Leana. Determined to have Jamie all to herself, Rose puts in motion one desperate plan after another, enlisting the aid of Lillias Brown, a wise woman—a wutch, some say—still keen on the old ways. Impetuous Rose ignores the cruel whispers that travel up and down the parish hills, never dreaming of the tragic consequences that await her. Her sister, Leana, clings to her hard-won sense of peace and assurance by a slender thread of faith. Day and night, Leana’s hours are apent caring for wee Ian and praying that her future will hold more promise than her past. Jamie McKie is busy making his own plans to return home to Glentrool and claim his inheritance. To do so means facing Evan, the brother whose blessing he stole, and Alec, the father whom he ruthlessly deceived. It is a perilous journey that will test the depth of his courage, the strength of his sword, and the tenacity of his vow to honor Almighty God, no matter the cost.

The Girl in the Gatehouse Book
Score: 4.5
From 75 Ratings

The Girl in the Gatehouse


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Bethany House
  • Release Date : 2011-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 1441214119

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The Girl in the Gatehouse Excerpt :

Miss Mariah Aubrey, banished after a scandal, hides herself away in a long-abandoned gatehouse on the far edge of a distant relative's estate. There, she supports herself and her loyal servant the only way she knows how--by writing novels in secret. Captain Matthew Bryant, returning to England successful and wealthy after the Napoleonic wars, leases an impressive estate from a cash-poor nobleman, determined to show the society beauty who once rejected him what a colossal mistake she made. When he discovers an old gatehouse on the property, he is immediately intrigued by its striking young inhabitant and sets out to uncover her identity, and her past. But the more he learns about her, the more he realizes he must distance himself. Falling in love with an outcast would ruin his well-laid plans. The old gatehouse holds secrets of its own. Can Mariah and Captain Bryant uncover them before the cunning heir to the estate buries them forever?

Thrush Green Book
Score: 3
From 9 Ratings

Thrush Green


  • Author : Miss Read
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2002-05-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547526508

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Thrush Green Excerpt :

Discover the little English village that neighbors Fairacre, in a novel that’s “enchanting, lovely, gentle, pointed, and charming” (Minneapolis Sunday Tribune). Miss Read's charming chronicles of English small-town life have achieved legendary popularity, providing a welcome return to a gentler time with “wit, humor, and wisdom in equal measure” (The Plain Dealer). Welcome to Thrush Green, the neighboring village to Fairacre, with its blackthorn bushes, thatch-roofed cottages, enchanting landscape, and jumble sales. Readers will enjoy meeting a new cast of characters and also spotting familiar faces as they become immersed in the village’s turn of events over the course of one pivotal day: May Day. All year, the residents of Thrush Green have looked forward to the celebration. Before the day is over, life and love, and perhaps eternity, will touch the immemorial peace of the village. “The more turbulent the real world, the more charming we may find the stability of Miss Read’s tiny fictional world.” —Los Angeles Times

The Secret of Pembrooke Park Book
Score: 4.5
From 13 Ratings

The Secret of Pembrooke Park


  • Author : Julie Klassen
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2014-11-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441264824

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The Secret of Pembrooke Park Excerpt :

Praise for Julie Klassen "A remarkable tale with many unpredictable twists and turns."--CBA Retailers+Resources "A treat for [readers] who want their historical romances served up with a generous dash of mystery."--Booklist "[Klassen's] work appeals to all who seek a riveting Regency romance."--RT Book Reviews Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister. Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play... The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure. This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances--and her dowry--Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house. Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past. As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?