Welcome to the village of Ivy Hill, a quaint village overlooking the Wiltshire countryside. Its coaching Inn, The Bell, is its lifeline, as it has been for generations. Now, however, the coach line is threatening to change the route it takes. If it does, it could bring a close to The Bell forever.
This story reminded me of a mix of a Jane Austen setting with the determination of the women from Steel Magnolias, set on making their mark in the world. Although the story was centered solely around one family mainly, I liked that Julie Klassen included side stories of the other women in the village. Others who were determined to rise above challenges and make a life of their own. Not let the weight of their worlds push them down. I am looking forward to more stories from Ivy Hill.
*I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*
Good afternoon, friends,
I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your day. It is cold today but sunny and how wonderful that is! The flowers and other plants are growing strong even with the lasting snow and cold. I enjoy watching them sprout up.
This passed week I have also been thankful for dinner out with my family and friend and afterward we went to Barnes & Noble. My friend had only been there one other time, to get tea, so I was beyond thrilled to go with her and experience the bookstore with her. She left with The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. A classic on my list. I found a book on Rosemary Kennedy that I am looking forward to reading. I also found my favorite secular magazine- Bella Grace. I love all of the uplifting, encouraging quotes and articles it has. I have kept every magazine I have gotten and read through them repeatedly. I saw the Life magazine and could not pass that up, on Beauty and the Beast. Yes, I am still a child at heart 🙂
Sunday I got to spend some time with my aunt and uncle. It wasn’t anything grand or spectacular in events but sometimes those are the best moments, right?
I am also going through some changes in my life, one of them being quitting a habit I have had for over two decades, and yesterday was a stressful day for me, but my friends and family were right there cheering me on and no matter how much I tell them and try to explain it, I will never truly be able to express how much their encouragement and faith in me to beat this means to me. (For those of you who don’t know already, I have Trichotillomania, a compulsive disorder to pull my hair out. I will explain on a later post what exactly that means for me but for anyone who would like to, I encourage you to look it up, and if you have any questions, feel free to message me 🙂 I will be happy to answer as best I can.)
And today (yes, I know, this post is a day late), I have my nieces with me and oh the snuggles and giggles and fun we have! I will always cherish these moments.
How about you? What little moments this passed week made their way into your heart?
Good Evening, Friends.
As I get ready to sign off for the night I think back to my week and can’t help but to be thankful for warmth. Warmth from many things. A warm house on the cold winter days and nights. Warm blankets and yes, my dog and cat who keep me warm as well. The warmth from friends and family are a big one too. Knowing that they are near. Seeing my niece growing so quickly and watching her discover things. Knowing that she recognizes me and reaches out to me now definitely warms my heart. Seeing my refrigerator covered in pictures colored and drawn by my nephews and nieces always makes me smile and warms my day. It is one of the first things I see when I step into my house. Sometimes it is not physical warmth that we need. Sometimes it is not physical warmth that gets us through the day, but rather, those little things our friends, family, and pets (although I count pets as family) do for us.
I hope whatever kind of week you had, you had warmth.