In 1994, at the age of 64 with no business experience and very little start-up money, Nancy Hinchliff buys a turn-of-the-century mansion in Louisville, Kentucky and turns it into a charming Victorian Inn. Through sheer tenacity, she learns the business while successfully coping with one mishap after another. An admittedly asocial retired school teacher, she reinvents herself as an Inn keeper. The reader is drawn into this humorous and engaging tale as the author wields her way around cantankerous contractors, harrowing housekeepers, and no shortage of strange and interesting guests and events. Through her collected stories, Hinchliff gives readers a personal, in-depth, and honest look at what it’s like to be an inn keeper as she candidly describes her twenty-year journey of self discovery.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Nancy Hinchliff holds undergraduate degrees in music and education and graduate degrees in music, science of education, and special education. She is certified to teach English, music, geography and history. She taught in the Chicago public school system for twenty-five years, and in the school of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been writing all of her adult lifemostly journal articles, essays, and creative non-fictionand has been published in newsletters, local magazines, and as a guest on several blogs. In 2008 she coauthored Room at the Table , a cookbook written for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky, for which she won their president's award. Hinchliff is now a member of the Burlington, VT Writer’s Workshops and is working on her second memoir.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This memoir was such an enjoyable read! Hinchliff’s stories about her leaving Chicago and opening a bed and breakfast in Kentucky were courageous! The stories she tells of her various employees and guests were shocking at times, but so interesting to read about! At the end of each chapter a recipe is included that Hinchliff ties into the story and leaves you hungry because they all sound so delicious! I imagine she could have included so many more stories of the guests she met throughout her time owning her bed and breakfast. The visual of all those stairs and all of the repairs she had to deal with through the years sounded overwhelming, but she did it and handled it well! The author information at the end mentions she is working on another memoir, will it be more about her innkeeper days or maybe about her first career as a teacher? I look forward to reading it!
This memoir is absolutely fabulous. The stories of the life of a Bed and Breakfast owner were very intriguing. If you ever thought about opening a Bed and Breakfast, this is an excellent book to read. It will show you how much fun and excitement you could have, along with the difficulties that are involved with running a Bed and Breakfast, for example, unexpected repairs, finding good help, and difficult and demanding guests. As an added bonus, Nancy included scrumptious sounding recipes at the end of each chapter. I look forward to more stories from Nancy.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen by Nancy R. Hinchliff is the engaging story of the author and her journey of transformation and self-discovery. Her story of transformation from that of retired school teacher to that of a successful innkeeper is indeed uplifting and encouraging - how she finds her way through the harrowing times that are connected with being an innkeeper. Her personal experiences and stories are interesting and entertaining, and they show the transition in her life as she buys a mansion and transforms it into a Victorian inn. It is a story of courage, determination, and mental strength. I found the author’s personal journey uplifting and inspiring, and the manner in which she reinvents herself is creditable. The problems she faces while being an innkeeper and her personal experiences are palpable to readers. She shares some delicious recipes as the book progresses and that gives readers an idea of some of the dishes served at the inn. The narration is straightforward and simple, enabling us to connect well with her stories. I like the way in which the author shares her easy-to-make recipes while narrating her experiences as an innkeeper. She weaves them nicely into the book in a way so that they do not read as if they are forced. The memoir is warm and the food, the décor, and ambiance she shares with us evoke a nice feeling while reading. Apart from the story, the book conveys some strong and thought-provoking messages to readers through the author’s life experiences. Her approach to life is worth a mention and readers learn about it while reading the memoir.