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The Inn at Hidden Run

The Inn at Hidden Run, May 2019
Tree of Life #1
by Olivia Newport

Shiloh Run Press
Featuring: Jillian Parisi-Duffy; Nolan; Meri
256 pages
ISBN: 1683229940
EAN: 9781683229940
Kindle: B07LGN1Q98
Paperback / e-Book
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"Can a family genealogy hold answers to modern day dilemmas?"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Inn at Hidden Run
Olivia Newport

Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted July 3, 2019

Inspirational Mystery | Romance Suspense

Jillian Parisi-Duffy has turned her genealogy hobby into a career. She lives in the quaint Canyon Mines community with her father, Nolan, who is a lawyer specializing in mediation. Meri Davies arrives in town at the local bed and breakfast, where she takes a job. Jillian and Nolan know there is more to Meri's story, particularly since she's avoiding her phone and questions about her family as well as college. Can Jillian and Nolan convince Meri that her family's genealogy may hold answers to Meri's current dilemma? Or will Meri run and hide away somewhere else?

THE INN AT HIDDEN RUN is the first book in the Tree of Life series and features a fascinating concept. As a social worker, I'm well aware of the research being done on epigenetics and the impact of the family on generations. Despite being very familiar with family genograms, the idea of researching a person's actual genealogy to look for clues and answers had never really dawned on me and I loved seeing the idea explored through the eyes of a genealogist!

Olivia Newport weaves together the past and the present in two intersecting storylines that present us with a phenomenal tale. I have to admit I loved visiting in the past with Eliza even more so than I did spending time with Jillian, Meri, and Nolan, but only because of the intriguing historical facts Olivia Newport includes. I've not read many stories about yellow fever and its impact on Memphis and the details are horrifying even as the acts of heroism are inspiring. THE INN AT HIDDEN RUN is easily recommended!

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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.

THE INN AT HIDDEN RUN is the first book in the Tree of Life series. Readers will come back to backdrop of a lovely mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that inspire them to connect with their own family histories and unique faith journeys.

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