The Inn at Hidden Run

Genealogists are great at solving old mysteries, and Jillian Parisi-Duffy is a professional. In her popular new book, The Inn at Hidden Run, Olivia Newport has created delightful characters, Jillian and her mediator and family law attorney father, Nolan. Together they solve a family mystery that has a runaway woman and her family at odds. This book was a quick, easy read, and thoroughly enjoyable. It’s told in a series of flashbacks to 1878 and later, but in a way that is easy to follow.

Meri Davies just flunked out of med school — intentionally — then left home for Canyon Mines, Colorado. Her entire family consists of physicians. In the late 1870s, a male ancestor became a physician, and  every generation since followed suit. The pressure for her to continue the tradition is immense even though they don’t know when or where the tradition began. There are also two traditional names in their family, and no one knows why. Realizing it’s only a matter of time until her parents track her down, Meri takes a job at a local B & B called The Inn at Hidden Run.

This book examines a lot about families — how we treat our loved ones and our often unreasonable expectations, as well as our rejection of those who don’t “toe the line”. As Meri’s family closes in on her location, Jillian and Nolan protect her and arrange a mediation-style intervention. I especially liked the respectful way the father and daughter worked together. Both respected and supported each other’s profession and abilities. Both understood and respected the idea of people having “a calling”, and of God’s working in our lives.

The Inn at Hidden Run is the first book in the Tree of Life series where, I feel sure, many family trees will be shaken to see what falls out of those branches. If you have any interest in genealogy, you will enjoy this book.

What Makes this Reviewer Grumpy?
same old things that are in almost every book I’ve read:

  • Using “further” in place of “farther” – they are not interchangeable;
  • Incomplete sentence;
  • Missing commas;
  • Split infinitives;
  • Beginning sentences with conjunctions;
  • Improper word usage: “come” in place of “go”.


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