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  • The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

  • Tales From Ivy Hill, Book 1
  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most enjoyable Book!!

  • By KN on 03-18-17

A gentle "feminist " story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-17

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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Lion

  • Highland Warriors of Munro, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Big and burly, with a crown of vibrant red hair, as the son of the chief of Clan Munro, Jamison's path in life was more unconventional than those of his clansmen. Fostered in England and France, Jamison learned the ways of his adversaries before returning home to take his place at his father's side. But his father is a progressive thinker, knowing that in order to survive, his clan must become allies with the English. He knows that isolation will only bring destruction to his clan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Red Lion 🐱

  • By 🌸DARA on 03-30-17

Just Terrific ......but a rushed, weak ending.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Any additional comments?

The characters of Lady Havilland and Jamison are very well drawn. I enjoyed spending time with them. The story is very strong as is the narration. Brad Wills is excellent at creating distinctive and appropriate voices for each character.OK...

Semi-Spoiler alert...My one problem with the book is the end. In the last big assault on Four Crosses Castle, Havilland is dragged from the castle and Jamison saves her. Then....they then have a loooong heart to heart talk about what they mean to each other and their future. Full of very sweet sentiment but ...For Gosh Sakes....behind them somewhere, the castle is under siege and people are dying. It was as though since they were safe they didn't care who was fighting and dying and we never find out what happened to the Castle.

One thing I like about Kathryn Le Veque's books is that she does not inject modern values into her Middle Ages characters. However, in this book, the last chapter does just this; the "enemy" clan chief decides to go all Cum-bah-ya and lay down his arms without any concessions at all from Jamison. I expected his warriors to start swaying, light cigarette lighters and break into John Lennon's "Imagine". It felt like the end was very rushed and the author was anxious to move on to the next book in the series and it was time to wrap everything up quickly.

All this said, but for this, the book is very well researched and written; the characters very likeable and interesting. I enjoyed it very much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Flowers from the Storm

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362

He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!

  • By 🌸DARA on 10-01-13

One of my favorite books

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-13

The characters are complex but endearing, the story unusual and riveting - what more could you want.