The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport
Book One in the Tree of Life series
Review copy through publishers
My rating: 4 out 5 stars
About the Book:
Meri’s family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It’s only a matter of time.
What she doesn’t count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family’s history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm–and in town–Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn’t know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces.
But none of that changes the fact that Meri’s family is closing in to haul her back to her “real” life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time.
I love the cover of this novel – so attractive! And the title is drawing, too. :) The backcover blurb threw me off a little once I started the book – I thought I was embarking on a journey mainly through character Meri’s POV, but she never actually got her own POV, and while her story was the mainplot, I’d say the central characters where more so Jillian and her father Nolan. Whom I really enjoyed, I was just a little confused at the beginning.
All of the characters were really well written, and I think I have to say that Nolan was my favorite. ^.^ His character was light-hearted, yet meaningul with a great sense of humor.What I also didn’t know going into this book is that it is a time-slip novel, so we also delved into a historical time period which was also fascnating, and also heartbreaking as it dealt with the serious epedemic of yellow fever.The conclusion of the two stories and how they were threaded together was equally well-done, and I enjoyed seeing its completion!All in all, this was a very interesting book, one that I enjoyed, and I would look forward to reading more of this series.
**I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.