Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Inn at Hidden Run

About the Book

A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Tree
Meri flunks out of medical school—and runs from her parents. Genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy’s digging traces the family long tradition of doctors to an ancestor saved during a yellow fever outbreak in Memphis in 1878. As Meri’s family closes in, Jillian gets the final puzzle pieces in place just in time for them all to learn the truth.  The Inn at Hidden Run is the first book in the Tree of Life series. Readers will come back to the 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.

My Thoughts:   This is a dual timeline novel that connects the past to the present through a family tree.  A unique story using genealogy as a focus to bring the characters together in a fascinating storyline.   In this book, we find Jillian and her dad, Nolan who try to mediate Meri's family to bring about Meri's dreams of helping children.  

The dual timeline introduces us to some history of Memphis Tennesee, back in the 1800's during the yellow fever outbreak.   The author  Olivia Newport does an excellent job of educating us what it was like for the people of Memphis at that time.  
This is a story about trusting God to follow our dreams or our calling.  Sometimes we may not know what fuels those callings, but sometimes it may be in our DNA.  I have to be honest, it did bother me that Meri's family expected if not insisted that she be a doctor, just because that's what the family did.  They did not stop to think about what her calling in life may have been.    

This is a wonderful story for those that enjoy genealogy, or it may spark an interest in it.  This is a book that will draw the reader's interest.  I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in this series.


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About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

More from Olivia

Of Family Lines and Family Lore I suppose it all started in a cemetery. Once, while a group of relatives were visiting a cemetery, one of my cousins and I wandered off and looked at all sorts of graves, speculating about the names we read and the lives they represented. We were duly scolded both for separating from our families, which caused some consternation, and for being disrespectful—though I think the second accusation was a false one! Just because we were young children didn’t mean we were disrespecting the dead. Quite the opposite. We were respecting lives long forgotten with our curiosity about who they were and what legacies they left. These days a lot of people are interested in genealogy. Entire TV series spin around the theme, and DNA kits show up in Christmas stockings. Lost branches of family trees find the main trunk—sometimes with big surprises. My new Tree of Life series is set in the backdrop of a lovely Colorado mountain town I hope you’ll want to visit often, where a father-daughter genealogy team link present to past on family trees and characters learn about who they are, where they come from, and their unique faith journeys as they discover their own Tree of Life. It all starts with The Inn at Hidden Run. When Meri arrives in Canyon Mines because she wants to run away from her family, true answers come from understanding the past that generations have forgotten—the accounts from another time and place no longer handed down but that still form the backbone of the family’s story. What’s the backbone of your family’s history? How is it shaping your own future?

Blog Stops

Hallie Reads, May 22
Bigreadersite, May 23
By The Book, May 23
Mary Hake, May 28
Quiet Quilter, May 29
Remembrancy, May 30
Moments, May 31


To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Inn at Hidden Run!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

 I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am  disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

  2. This book sounds like a fascinating read.