Saturday, May 18, 2019

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport

About the Book

The Inn at Hidden Run
By Olivia Newport
Tree of Life #1
Barbour Publishing, 2019

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 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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My Thoughts

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.

Canyon Mines, Colorado makes a very appealing setting – a community with a rich history in gold and silver mining, and that was now a Rocky Mountain tourist destination for outdoor activities and family outings. I met many likeable characters and would love to spend time with them in person at the Canary Cage coffee shop.

Best of all is that this is a story of family and relationships that go back in history. The field of genealogy and the various ways it can be used to help people is fascinating. I could so easily relate to Jillian, a “researcher who prowled depths of the internet most people had no idea existed.” Meri, fearful and obviously running from something, immediately captured my heart. I especially enjoyed the time-slip theme with family research going back to an 1870s yellow fever epidemic in Memphis.

The Inn at Hidden Run is a well crafted novel with a fresh approach that I thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward the upcoming stories in this series.

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twenty-something 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?


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! Click the image above or the link below to enter.

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


  1. This book sounds like a very fascinating read.

  2. I like that genealogy is featured in the storyline. Sounds like a fascinating book.

  3. My sisters have been very involved in genealogy for our family. That aspect of this novel sounds quite fascinating. I do love time slip novels and look forward to reading this one.

  4. I just read this and loved it. I dabble in our genealogy.

  5. findagrave is a good source ~ able to enter cemetery location and last name for listings
    I would like to win this copy! Enjoy Olivia Newport's previous stories I have read. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  6. Being an avid genealogist myself, this sounds intriguing.

  7. Carole, Thank you for the wonderful review!

  8. I’ve been doing genealogy for almost twenty years now! I’ve made some amazing discoveries and have found some cool relatives, both living and dead! I don’t know if there’s any particular backbone to our family, but the stories and the mysteries are compelling enough for me!

    mylittlebirdiebooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. I’m looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  10. Thanks for the chance to win. Looking forward to reading this book.
    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

  11. It was nice to see that you reviewed this one too. I have a"thing" for genealogy so I really enjoyed this one! Great review. I responded to your comment on my blog, but just in case you didn't see the follow up - We are doing well. Enjoying the fact that summer is here - reading by the pool, yard work, and time off school for a bit. Hope you and yours are doing well also.