This is an enjoyable historic romance. The main character, Julia Hollis, must leave her comfortable life in London, along with her three children, after her doctor husband dies and leaves them without a penny. Their only hope is to restore an old inn in a small town which is the only thing of value left to Julia. Turning this into a boarding house of sorts is the plan but they have their work cut out for them and Julia has never managed a business before.
I was afraid that this would be yet another story of a hard-on-her luck young woman who must marry for money, but the authors did a good job creating an original story line and some loveable characters in the townsfolk and the renters. I especially love the characters of the pastor, Mr. Clay, the actor, who suffers from severe depression and Fiona, the housekeeper. I thought Blackwell did an exceptional job addressing the subject of depression and avoiding the pitfall of making the problem magically disappear once Mr. Clay comes to faith...which was also handled very well.
A good read and there are more in the series. I give it four out of five stars.