The Inn At Hidden Run is book one in Olivia Newport's new Tree of Life Series. I was intrigued by this book for two reasons, the first is that I enjoy Olivia Newport's work and the second is my interest in genealogy. I was hooked from page one and the story just kept getting better.
This story parallels two distinct eras that are interwoven in ways that I never would have guessed. Present day Meri, a young medical school dropout shows up in Canyon Mines and accepts a job she is clearly over qualified for. The mystery surrounding her appearance and secretive manner are too much for father daughter duo Nolan and Jillian to leave alone. They are surely a team to have in your corner and they really made a case for genealogy as the center of many traits that surface time and again through generations.
Step back into Memphis, 1878, where Yellow Fever nearly knocked out the entire population of the city. Miss Eliza remains in the city, working tirelessly among the dead and dying. Her courage is unflinching, especially when it comes to the orphaned children. Her story is remarkable, and though a fictional character, Olivia Newport's research and ability to tell a compelling story take you right alongside Eliza's journey.
If you like mystery, you will enjoy this blend of contemporary and historical fiction. The setting in a small town in Colorado makes it a good choice to sit back with a cup of tea and while away the afternoon.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Barbour Publishing with no obligation for a review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.