Tree of Life

The Inn at Hidden Run

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 only a matter of time.

What she doesn’t count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family’s history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm—and in town—Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn’t know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces.

But none of that changes the fact that Meri’s family is closing in to haul her back to her “real” life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time.

A delightful mixture of ancestral-discovery mixed with small-town charm, the characters of The Inn at Hidden Run come alive in their devotion to family roots, warmhearted kindness for their neighbor, and gentle faith. A must-read for anyone who loves exploring family origins!

—Jaime Jo Wright, Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winner Author of The House on Foster Hill

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 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 and belonging. Anyone who has ever wondered how the patches of their histories are sewn into the fabric of their lives will feel completely at home in Hidden Run.

—Rachel McMillan, author of Murder in the City of Liberty

Release date: May 1, 2019

In the Cradle Lies


On a solo ski vacation in Canyon Mines, Colorado, Tucker has a love-hate relationship with his wealth, spending indiscriminately while skiing fearlessly and preparing to conquer the overgrown slope of Hidden Run, a dangerous run not attempted in decades. As genealogist Jillian tries to uncover enough of Tucker’s family tree to understand his charming nature but reckless resolve, Jillian’s equally charming father, Nolan, cajoles Tucker into giving him ski lessons to get him talking about the suspicious circumstances surrounding his grandfather’s life in St. Louis in the 1930s.

On the surface, Tucker’s family’s history seems too perfect. The secret may lie in the sealed envelope Tucker carries with him at all times—even on the ski slope. When no one can find Tucker to tell him the fiancée he never mentioned turned up in Canyon Mines, they realize he must be off attempting to ski Hidden Run alone in a snowstorm. And they may be too late.

“In the Cradle Lies hooked me with its intriguing premise and fully delivered on it. Newport masterfully weaves together past and present storylines that left me eager to turn the next page.”

—Lindsay harrel, author of The Secrets of Paper and Ink

Release date: December 1, 2019


When I Meet You


A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.


“Readers are in for a top-notch mystery in When I Meet You. Using a stepping-stone trail of documents, photographs, and letters to bridge past and present, Olivia Newport delivers a dual timeline tale of intrigue. From the timeless setting of a mystery bound by train journey, to the involvement of Pinkerton agents and passengers of questionable identity, this well-researched story is sure to carry readers away!”

–Amanda Dykes, author of Whose Waves These Are

“Olivia Newport has penned both a lively and cozy story in When I Meet You. Fans of family origins and faith will love this dual timeline exploration of history. An element of mystery and romance (not to mention mouthwateringly scrumptious foods!) add to this delightful read. Truly a pleasant story with a fantastic setting readers are sure to enjoy!”

—Heidi Chiavaroli, award-winning author of The Tea Chest

“An ancestral mystery told in split-time format, When I Meet You is a charming book that will leave readers fascinated and intrigued to discover the prologues of their own stories.”

—Sarah Monzon, award-winning author of the Carrington Family time-slip series

Release date: May 1, 2020

What You Said to Me


Coming November 2002. When 15-year-old Tisha Crowder gets caught shoplifting, attorney Nolan Duffy tries to protect her from consequences that could rattle her already troubled life. His daughter, Jillian, feels like she’s the one being punished instead—by having Tisha assigned to work with her on a backlog of genealogy files. Tisha doesn’t seem interested in taking the job seriously, and Jillian’s patience wears thin. Besides, everyone in Canyon Mines knows the Crowder family has experienced generations of brokenness. Then a sliver of hope turns up in long-ago words in plain sight, challenging shrouded assumptions about Tisha’s family. Now Jillian is the one who can walk with Tisha back to 1893 and uncover where everything went wrong in the first place—and save her from the past.

“As her Tree of Life series continues, Oliva Newport once again delivers complex characters and cross-generational storylines that show us how words can wound … and yet can also heal. In What You Said to Me, Newport examines the depth of human frailties at any age, reminding us that truth has a way of coming to the surface and that what we choose to do with it will make all the difference. Add the fascinating historical threads of the nineteenth century collapse of the US silver market, and readers will enjoy this well-crafted story.”

—Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials

“So few of us truly know our ancestors—their dreams, their challenges, their disappointments, their secrets. In fact, we often don’t know those important things about the living because we are experts at hiding, deflecting, and stoically carrying on. In What You Said to Me, Olivia Newport unfolds the story of a family nearly lost to the ravages of time and forgetfulness. The result is a tender tale of a troubled girl discovering her unique past and finding hope for a better future. Perfect for fans of historical fiction, genealogy buffs, and anyone who wishes they knew who the people in all those old family photos were.”

—Erin Bartels, award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things

“Olivia Newport’s storytelling is smart, smooth, and sassy in What You Said to Me. A cast of endearing characters, a small-town setting, and perfectly woven contemporary and historical threads make for a fast-paced read that ties time and family together. Thank you, Olivia! I couldn’t put What You Said to Me down!” 

—Leslie Gould, Christy-award winning and #1 best-selling author





Release Date: December 1, 2020