Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales From Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen

Title: The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales From Ivy Hill #2)
Author: Julie Klassen
Pages: 448
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentleman Miss Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

     Rachel’s friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls’ school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what—or who—has captured each man’s attention? The truth may surprise them all.

     Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return—but where is he?

     As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

My review:

     This is a charming historical romance novel!

     There are a number of characters that play a major part in this story. Miss Rachel Ashford is the central figure though. Everyone else connects with her in some way or another. They are all extremely well developed and a delight to get to know. 

     Primarily this is a stand-alone story within a series. Though there were a number of things that I felt a little left out of the loop about since I haven’t read the first book in the series. I believe that this is simply because of the small country town and the tight connections that the residents have with each other.

     It is set in 1820, Wiltshire, England. The descriptions of the area and how life was lived were fabulous. Many times I felt transported to the area.

     Rachel’s best friends are Jane Bell and Mercy Grove. They each have things going on in their own lives and at times I was so touched by their circumstances and heart aches that I found myself reaching for a tissue to dry my eyes.

     I will definitely be reading the first book in the series. I want to truly understand these wonderful characters and their lives in Ivy Hill. I am giving this fantastic book a 5 star rating and highly recommending it.

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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