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The Inn at Hidden Run

(Tree of Life #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  168 reviews
A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family Trees

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 on
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press
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Hallie Szott

Giving an interesting, unique twist to the types of mysteries I typically read, The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport focuses heavily on genealogy to reveal the truth.

Failing to meet her family’s expectations, Meri Davies flees to the Inn at Hidden Run B&B in Canyon Mines, Colorado. Here, she encounters genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, lawyer Nolan Duffy. The pair determines to dig into Meri’s family history, as a second layer of the story—a peek into the 1870s yellow fe
Deanne Patterson
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read many books by this author. This is the start of a new series called Tree of Life. It takes place in a split time frame, modern day Colorado and 1870's Memphis. Fascinating story, some of the historical scenes are based on true happenings.
The historical part of the story takes place in Memphis during the Yellow Fever epidemic of the late nineteenth century. Memphis at this time was a tragic place to be with so many dying of the fever and children becoming orphaned . Most went to the as
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

What a charming, heartbreaking story! This book was an incredibly rich, detailed time-split tale that is a wonderful start to the Tree of Life series.

The historical thread was so fascinating. I found myself completely wrapped up in Eliza’s journey even though I wasn’t sure, until halfway through the book, why it was being told.

The contemporary thread slipp
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was so enjoyable!!

The Inn at Hidden Run is the first book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. In it, we are introduced to the father-daughter duo of Nolan Duffy and Jillian Parisi-Duffy. They’re a lawyer and a genealogist, respectively, and together have an interesting way of diving into the heart of the situation!

This is a time-slip novel, blending the past with the present in a wonderful way. The contemporary storyline has a lovely balance of humor, quirky small-town frie
I’m fascinated by genealogy discoveries and history, so this story appealed to me right away. I also liked the setting of the story, a small mountain town set in Colorado.

What I disliked about the story was the unbelievable way some of the characters just nosed their way into a young woman’s personal life. Yes, they meant well and they were nice people, but the way they treated this woman was a bit unbelievable to me.

I felt the story moved a bit slow and also seemed like an advertisement for cof
I don’t know. This was between 2 and 3 stars for me but ended with 2 because will I recommend it to friends, no. Will I continue this series, no.

So what I liked:
I enjoyed the historical detail about the yellow fever outbreak in 1978 Memphis. If you love history, you will love this. However, there was not really a flowing story, but very factual based retelling of what happened etc.

Why just okay:
The modern day story did not connect with me. I find it quite unbelievable that things will play out i
"Work will always be there later, but the moment is only here now."

"May you always find nourishment for your body at this table. May sustenance for your spirit rise and fill you with each dawn. And may life always feed you with the light of joy along the way." (Lovely Irish table blessing.)

As a genealogy addict myself, I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes dual timelines do not work well, but Newport did a superb job of carrying each through without losing the train of thought of either. I enjoy
While I enjoyed the historical jump back in time and the story that went along with it, the present tale and characters, I really found myself more annoyed with than anything. I felt like a lot of their interactions were unbelievable and contrived. I will not be moving on in this series.
Thank you to Goodreads for the giveaway!
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The field of genealogy brings a freshness to The Inn at Hidden Run, book #1 in Olivia Newport’s Tree of Life series, and I enjoyed it very much. The action builds steadily as a solid foundation is laid in this first book, and my attention was held as I became invested in the characters and past/present events blended together in a most meaningful way. The story is more character driven than action packed, which is the type I enjoy most.

Karen R
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A family centered story with a unique plot and a bit of mystery. Living in a small town had its benefits, including helping each other in times of need. Jillian's friendship with Nia, the bed and breakfast owner, and Jillian's attorney dad, Nolan, brings timely help when Nia's mysterious new employee goes missing the day after she is hired.

The dual timeline worked well in this tale, pulling together a family history that made a difference in the present turmoil of Meri's family. Family genealogy
Rachel McMillan
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
from endorsement:

An immersive read populated by characters as rich as the carefully crafted Colorado setting of Canyon Mines, The Inn at Hidden Run is at once a love letter to the past, a romance and a mystery. Newport smartly differentiates herself in the popular ‘time slip genre’ by rooting her story in the art of genealogy. At home with both the historical canvas of epidemic-raged late 19th Century Memphis and her contemporary frame, Newport examines the core human desire for a sense of roots
This is a dual timelines story set in present day and in 1878 Memphis that ties together in the end. I wasn't sure how it would be, but it was done well with a positive ending. When Meri shows up at Nia and Leo's bed and breakfast in Canyon Mines, Colorado, near Denver, looking for work, Nia gives her a job but feels that Meri is running from something. She gets her friend, Jillian involved in befriending Meri. Jillian is a genealogist and her father is an attorney. Jillian works from home and h ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Inn at Hidden Run" by Olivia Newport
I really liked this story. A contemporary family with very strong traditions... and the discovery of the foundation those traditions were based upon. I had a bit of trouble getting used to slipping from current time to the 1870's. But then it became a bit of a relief to swap between the challenges of the two very different time periods. A chance to rest and digest the emotions and challenges presented in each era. Be sure to read the authors note at the e
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read, netgalley
You can find this review and others on my blog SleepySamReads!

Special thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

If I was rating thing review based off the portion that takes place in Memphis 1878, I would rate it 5 stars. If I was rating this based off the contemporary Colorado portion, I would rate it 1 star. So I decided to just rate is 3. I'm going to review each portion as a separate story, because that's how it felt.

Memphis 1878:

I thoroug
Maureen Timerman
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I have enjoyed reading many books by this author and this one is the beginning of a new series.
We are in a small town in Colorado and also, we flash back to a horrible time in history in Memphis Tennessee when they suffered from the yellow fever.
We are also gifted with a delightful father, a lawyer, and daughter, a genealogist, who endeavor to help a visitor/worker to their town.
I really enjoyed putting together the back drop of this visiting family, like doing a puzzle, a great concept and enjo
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful book with a story line that combines the past and the present.
Jeannie Huie
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book that was provided for me to read. I really was enthralled with the stories of the historical yellow fever outbreak in Memphis. It was so well written that I was in the middle of the pain! The characters are quite believable and I definitely want to read the following stories! Please read this book for family relationships as well as the historical ones! Loved it!
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'll be honest in saying the cover of this book caught my eye. From there I was intrigued about the story line, books set in Colorado I try to read. I enjoyed the setting and the first part of the book I liked a lot. The characters were set up nicely and I actually liked both timelines in this novel. It flips from past to present and I thought both were good. I think at times, especially later in the book, the story line got slow. The modern day timeline seemed to be pretty uneventful or perhaps ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, giveaways
This story is actually two stories in one that link together in the end. I really enjoyed the portion that took place in the 1800's in Memphis. So many emotions were running through me every time I came to a portion in the book that dealt with Memphis. This part was well written and deserved a 5 star review; however, I didn't like the portion that took place in Colorado in modern times. I didn't like the people (other than Meri). They were boring and not very realistic. Who opens their home in t ...more
Chautona Havig
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Will I Read the Rest of This Unique New Series?
There’s a lot to like about The Inn at Hidden Run. You take some quirky characters, put them into tense situations, and fun things emerge. Mix in interesting settings and a cool dual-timeline plot and really, what’s not to like?

Sigh. That’s my problem. I want to love it all. In fact, I was convinced, before ever cracking a cover, that it would make my top books of 2019 list.

It won’t.

Despite the strengths of the premise, the characters (seriously, I
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, barbour
Not sure what to expect from this book, I was happily surprised to find two intertwined stories and plenty of interesting circumstances that made the narrative flow smoothly and quickly. “The Inn at Hidden Run” is book one in the new Tree of Life series, and I love the series title. It manages to tie in all of the major aspects of the story: genealogy, family, growing, and faith. Genealogy fascinates me. I have always loved history, but since struggling to find extant historical records for my a ...more
The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport is the first novel in Tree of Life series. The story is set in Canyon Mines, Colorado where Jillian Parisi-Duffy, a genealogist, lives with her father, Nolan Duffy (a lawyer and mediator) in a beautiful Victorian home. Meri Davies arrives in town just when Nia Dunston needs a new assistant at The Inn at Hidden Run. It is obvious to Nia that Meri is running from something and she wants Jillian and Nolan’s assistance in helping Meri. Meri’s family is compris ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Do you believe in calling? Choosing your path because your path chooses you, or because God puts it before you so plainly you can't walk any other way?”~Meri (pg 160)

First off, I didn't know this was a dual-timeline story when I started reading it. That doesn't bother me in the least, it was a pleasant surprise! Secondly, I think I was more invested in the historical portions of this book rather than the modern day setting. Not because one was better than the other, but because I was fascinate
Suzie Waltner
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
While genealogy is an interesting thread for a book (I mean, if people weren’t interested, there probably wouldn’t be multiple companies making money off our DNA), however, it’s not a compelling enough thread in this particular book.

Let’s start with a few things that just didn’t work for me. First of all, the title didn’t really fit. Not one of the characters who have a point of view voice in The Inn at Hidden Run have much of anything to do with the actual inn. But, in truth, I’m not sure of wh
Cathy Cermele
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Inn at Hidden Inn is such an enjoyable story and is the first book in the new Trees of Life series by Olivia Newport. Thanks to a few family members who are interested in genealogy I do have information on our family history but am curious to find out more after finishing this book.

I love a time-slip novel so that was a huge plus for me along with the authors smooth transition of each of the storylines. I truly dislike when I feel that there is a jarring and abrupt interruption between the t
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Inn at Hidden Run is book one in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. This story is set during two time frames. Set in modern day, Meri comes from a very long line of doctors and is expected to follow in their footsteps. When she flunks out of medical school, she flees without contacting her family. She ends up Canyon Mines, Colorado working at a B&B. The owner knows something is not what it appears with Meri and turns to friends Jillian and her father Nolan for help. Nolan spends ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The Inn At Hidden Run" by Olivia Newport was a book that I really enjoyed reading. I really wanted to finished it because I wanted to know why Meri was on the run and once I found out why, I wanted to know the outcome.

I like how the story is divided into Meri's life and then the next chapter is the story of the yellow fever outbreak in Memphis in 1878.

My heart strings was pulled when reading about the yellow fever outbreak. I could sympathize with Eliza as she hunts for a friend and helps these
Sharon M. Peterson
A copy of this ebook was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for my review.

I was intrigued by the book blurb when I ran across this. I have a weird obsession with family trees and genealogy and I loved the idea of a series built around this. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it is written in dual timeline, one contemporary and set in a small town in Colorado, the other set in the 1870's during the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, TN.

Things I liked:
--The role genealogy played in the plot
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

When Meri shows up at the Inn in Hidden Run asking if they have a job opening, Lia feels drawn to hire her on the spot despite knowing nothing about her. Lia convinces her friend Jillian and Jillian's dad, Nolan, to help get Meri to open up about whatever is obviously bothering Meri. Jillian is a genealogist and plans to research Meri's family tree to help her understand her family history. Nolan, a lawyer, is h
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Olivia Newport is a hit or miss author with me and at first with THE INN AT HIDDEN RUN I was hopelessly confused. I kept with it though, and the characters began to make sense and the dual-time period stories each became engaging in their own rights and I was anxious to see how they tied together.

The father daughter team might a nice dual. I loved how they worked together. The dad was a busybody, but oh so lovable, and who can't relate to the search for the perfect cup?

Meri was the focus and it
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I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.

We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.


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