About the Book
A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Present to Past on Family TreesMeri 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 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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It’s official – Olivia Newport makes me want to dig into my own family history. Now obviously I don’t have an author writing my family’s story from the 1800’s in a lifelike time slip, but I could picture it in my head I guess. It was so fascinating to me watching Jillian research. Having little pieces of the puzzle come together, not only for Meri’s family, but others as well. I don’t have the slightest idea in how to research my family history, so this was a learning experience for me. Yes, Christian Fiction can teach!
I think this story is also for all those young adults who are trying to find their own way in life, but have pressures from their own families. I am thankful that I didn’t have a parent who chose my path, and I couldn’t imagine being in a family where that is absolutely true. Meri’s character surprised me throughout the book. At times when I thought for sure she would run and hide, she didn’t. The times I thought she would be strong, she wasn’t. But isn’t that the case with us in life sometimes? We run when we shouldn’t, and don’t run when we should. Newport does a fantastic job in developing Meri’s character, her self esteem, and her relatability. Although you are not really reading from Meri’s point of view, you get to know her little by little, and I found her to be intriguing.
Perhaps the biggest shock of the book was the way Newport makes being a genealogist seem really cool. I’m sure it is hard, tedious work. But Newport somehow makes Jillian’s character come alive when she’s working. She has spunk to her. Never mind the fact that she loves her coffee, no matter what time of day – she’s a character I feel I could spend time with and always be smiling or laughing. I cannot wait to see the adventures that she has in future books in this series. The release dates cannot come fast enough!
The Inn at Hidden Run has a little bit of something for everyone. Great history, family turmoil, new friendships, a little bit of faith, and the sense of doing what you’re called to do. I highly recommend this gem of a book! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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.
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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?
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