The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #2)

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #2)

by Julie Klassen

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

New from the Top Author of Inspirational Regency Romance

Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold.

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493411900
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Tales from Ivy Hill , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 24,440
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Julie Klassen is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full time. Three of her books have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Julie has also won the Minnesota Book Award, Christian Retailing's BEST Award, the Midwest Book Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit
JULIE KLASSEN ( loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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The Ladies of Ivy Cottage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel that this book is to experience for my pocket book. But, I did enjoy book one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book to c ontinue the story.
KimPotter 5 months ago
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen is the second book in the Tales from Ivy Hill series. The women of the village are encouraging Miss Rachel Ashford to set up a circulating library with the many books that were left to her by her late father. As she begins to sort through the different books that the villagers also donate she stumbles upon a mystery. With the help of an ex-suitor Rachel searches for clues. Mercy Grove, Rachel’s hostess, is resigned to being a spinster and running her girls’ school. So, when several men begin to stop by Ivy Cottage she assumes they are interested in Rachel. The truth may come as a shock to everyone. I admit the story started out a little slow. It seemed to be just the everyday lives of an English village. But, once you immersed yourself in that daily living you began to be a part of it. I couldn’t put the book down. I enjoyed getting to know the ladies living in Ivy Hill. Their struggles and triumphs were an inspiration. I can’t wait for the next book. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
sh2rose 9 months ago
Rachel Ashford's life has crashed in around her. She's lost her father, her wealth, and her station in life. Fortunately, the Grove sisters have welcomed her to their home, Ivy Cottage until she can land on her feet. She's bewildered at how she can bring in an income to pay for room and board. She's never been in this situation. As Rachel redefines her life, she assists Miss Mercy Groves, who teaches young girls from the small community at the cottage. The older Miss Groves, who does the cooking, unites with Mercy in creating the family Rachel lacks. Their support lays a foundation for her during the ups and downs as gentlemen come to call. Rachel's best friend, Jane Bell handles her husband's inn as best she can without him as her mother-in-law retires with her new husband to his farm. Jane helps remind Rachel of her childhood hopes and dreams when a beau returns to both of their lives. All of these women learn to lean on and trust in God for their futures even the Miss Groves's sisters who may lose their precious Ivy Cottage. It seems nothing remains the same. Will God be enough for each of them? I received a copy from Net Galley. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I was well into this book before I realized it was a continuation of the previous one, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. To me this shows it can absolutely be read as a standalone! I had trouble getting into the story, it was a slow start, but I am so glad I continued! It was a rewarding read! There are a lot of characters but Ms. Klassen did a stellar job of making it easy to keep them straight by her detailed personalization of their individual emotions, thoughts, and characteristics. She flawlessly wove in and out of each one’s experiences giving the story depth. The 1800’s was not an easy time for a single woman, especially in providing for themselves. The book shares the lives of three such women. Jane is a widow who has the blessing of being proprietor deceased husband’s family. Rachel is alone due to the death of her father, but lost her inheritance and her only source of income. Mercy has given up finding love and resigned herself to spinsterhood. While each lady faces difficult challenges they have the strong support of one another. Romance blooms for each, but not without difficulty and heartache. Even though Jane had a source of income, handling the stress and responsibility alone was challenging to say the least. It was no walk in the park! Though she was cheerful and caring, she carried a heavy load of grief in the loss of many children by miscarriage. Of the three, Rachel had the least and solely relied on the kindness of her friends. Her story saddened me. She had lived in wealth and comfort before she lost her father. I feel her situation was the hardest to go from having everything to being homeless and penniless. I admired her spunk and determination to provide for herself and earn a living with what meager means there were. Mercy, poor homely Mercy. She had such a sweet and loving spirit. Though her outside was plain her inside was beautiful. She ran a girl’s school and lived with her Aunt Matilda. I loved Aunt Matilda, she was such a hoot. Not only did she make me laugh but I enjoyed the spirit in which she shared her wisdom with the girls. Mercy was so dedicated to her students. Her home actually belonged to her brother who was living overseas. After he marries her meddling (and irritating) parents give her an ultimatum to marry a suitor they have introduced her to or lose everything. Her situation reminded me of how few choices women, especially from wealthy families, had during this time. Mercy wants to marry for love. But with her looks her parents feel she will be lucky if ANYONE will have her. Each of the characters were inspiring in their faith, growth, and in spiritual lessons Their lives taught. A wonderful read! I received this book from Bethany House Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I found this slow moving in the beginning and it took me awhile to get into it but part way in I was compelled along. I would describe it as a meandering stream that you sit and enjoy on a warm spring day. I recommend reading book one first, as this revisits numerous characters and you might feel lost if you read this as a stand-alone. Many stories left hanging in book one are resolved and others leave you hanging for book three. Now I will anxiously await to read it. I found it interesting how a circulating library worked in 1820. I loved the friendships of the ladies and how they support each other in their endeavors to support themselves financially in a time when it was difficult to be unmarried. I enjoyed the handwritten letters and secrets that were revealed through them. The character development especially of Thora was heartwarming and I loved the lesser character of Hetty. Very interesting read of friendship, faith, secrets revealed, and opening your heart.. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is the second book in Julie Klassen’s Tales from Ivy Hill series, coming after The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. Julie Klassen has always been one of my all-time favorite historical authors, so I almost always order her new books around their release, even if I have no idea what they’re about (which almost never happens because I already have been anticipating her books months before their release dates and know their basic plotline by heart). This story was no exception of course, especially since it was her first ever sequel to one of her other novels, or in other words, this is her first series, so I’ve never read one of her “second books” before. Let me begin by saying that Ivy Hill is a very captivating place to visit. There is always so much going on, so many characters to love, and one mystery or love triangle after another. Though this novel somewhat resolves those triangles, which I was glad to see, though I won’t tell you how they end up. Besides, I don’t even know the outcome of all of them; just because one part of the triangle is resolved and it’s no longer a triangle anymore doesn’t necessarily mean that the remaining parts got married and now are living happily ever after. As you’ve probably already guessed, I was really glad to be able to resume the stories of Jane Bell, Rachel Ashford, and Mercy Grove, and I’m still looking forward to seeing how the rest of their lives—at least the parts told by Julie—turn out. And, you probably have already guessed this too, but I have the third, and final I believe, novel of this series already on my “to order” list. The Bride of Ivy Green is going to be the perfect addition to this series, I believe, and I’m hoping it holds some of the endings I have been anticipating throughout my reading of the previous two books. Now I’ve rambled on long enough, and I haven’t even really discussed my true thoughts on this book. Like I’ve mentioned quite a few times on this blog, Julie Klassen is one of my favorites, so I always enjoy everything she writes. This particular novel, however, wasn’t quite as excellently written as I am used to seeing from her. Now, don’t get me wrong, this story was still beautiful, and Julie’s character development and plot twists were just as wonderful as ever, I just felt like some of the interactions were a little more “surfacey” than I am used to seeing from her. I know that isn’t actually a word, but it’s in my dictionary as “not deep; stilted and forced conversation or interaction in a book or a movie,” and I’m just not used to seeing that from Julie. Even though I am not a published author myself, I am a writer, so I know on a somewhat personal level how difficult it is to have every interaction we write seem natural and not forced or “surfacey,” so I have seen some sections of writing that have fallen into that trap, both in books that I have read and in my own writing. Other than that, Julie really did a fantastic job with this novel. I had no idea how things were going to play out, and I really, really enjoyed getting to catch up with some of my favorite characters from her previous installment. When I think of how many bookshelves to give this novel, I have a little bit of a tough time deciding, because my real, true answer, I believe, would be four and a half, but I don’t ever give half-bookshelves. Those are not things that you can find in my world. So, I think I’m still going to give The Ladies of Ivy Cottage all five bookshelves,
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
What a delightful story! The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is a wonderful novel set in 1820, England. The characters are what make this book. Julie Klassen has woven a wonderful community in which to showcase these vivid ladies. I can see clearly in my minds eye what Ivy Cottage and the grounds surrounding it look like. I can even picture the town and Thornvale from the picturesque descriptions. Rachel, Mercy, Jane, Aunt Matty, Thora, and Hetty all seem like neighbors I have come to know and love. I loved the ending for Rachel's sake, but I will miss these ladies.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I can’t wait to have more books in this series. I love all the characters. I loved learning about how subscription libraries worked. I love all the recurring characters and how we learn more about each one. I laughed and cried during this book. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
What a lovely story and town Julie Klassen has created in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. This is the second in the series, Tales from Ivy Hill, and it reads very much like a well done BBC drama. It has been a year since I read the first in the series so I just needed to get reacquainted with the characters again, but once I was reestablished, the story came alive. This series is about a town called Ivy Hill. We have three main characters that the story does revolve around: Jane, Mercy, and Rachel who are good friends and have been since childhood. All of them have had their ups and downs and this story continues their lives. Jane is now officially out of mourning, Mercy’s girl school is up and running and Rachel has opened a subscription and circulating library which was interesting to read and learn about. All three still are still unattached and seem to think that is the way for them. Not by choice, but by life and each of their current circumstances. The author really kept me on tenterhooks as I was reading. There was not just one gentleman, but a few that vied for the attentions of each one. We are introduced to other townspeople’s and there are a couple of hidden secrets that come to light that changes the course of life for the characters. This is not a short book and the author takes her time to flesh out all the details. I was at times quite impatient and hoped to get at least a few of the story threads tied up nice and neat. I will say that things took an interesting and unexpected turn for one of the young ladies, a happily ever after for another one, and a hopeful one for another. I look forward to the next in the series to see how all these storylines will resolve. I highly recommend this whole series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
DianaFlow More than 1 year ago
Once again, author Julie Klassen has written a captivating Regency with a delectable blend of Victoria Holt, Charlotte Bronte, and Jane Austen—filled with twists and turns and never a dull moment! With a mysterious Gothic aura about it, this novel immediately drew me in and simply kept me glued to the pages throughout. Although I didn't read the first book in this series, I had no trouble keeping up with the intriguing characters or storyline. And oh, the angst-filled romance. What exquisite torment. Sigh.... Not everything is resolved with all the ladies of Ivy Cottage, paving the way for another book in this amazing series. One I simply cannot wait to read! I was given this book as a delightful gift and was not required to write a review at all. All opinions expressed are my own.
Laurabo More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Tales of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen, The Ladies of Ivy Cottage ties up some of the loose ends of the first book but leaves you anxiously awaiting the third. Ivy Cottage was the family home of the Groves. After her parents moved to London they allowed Mercy and her aunt Matilda to live there and they run a school girls whose families cannot afford boarding school. Rachel Ashford moved to Ivy Cottage after her father died and a distant cousin inherited the family estate. Raised as a Genteel lady she now feels compelled to earn her own way and utilizes her father's extensive library to start a circulating library in one side of the home. Several men begin to take interest in Ivy Cottage but what, or who, is the cause the attention? When a long buried secret is discovered what will be the fallout. Can hurts and betrayals from times past be forgiven and amends made? These are some of the questions raised in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. I received a free copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The writing was good and the story mostly engaging. I enjoy a book that shows you what life was like in another time without dragging you down with all the details. There are a few things about the book that one might consider before reading it. First, it is the second book in the Tales From Ivy Hill series. While it could be read and enjoyed as a stand alone, I think that it would be better enjoyed read after reading the first book, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. Most definitely you wouldn't want to read the first book after the second as it is a continuation of the first. The book also has a little bit of a slow beginning, and I was left wondering for a while what exactly, and who exactly, this book was about. There was some resolution to some of the threads at the end, but not the strong ending that I prefer, but obviously she needed to leave some things unended so that readers would want to buy the third book in the series. I would give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to return to Ivy Hill, and author Julie Klassen didn’t disappoint me. Klassen does a good job of putting the reader in Regency England. You can see the setting through her descriptions, and you become very familiar with the characters. Ivy Hill truly comes to life. The story centers mainly on three friends, with other characters woven through out. If you haven’t read book 1 of the series you may have trouble following what is going on. I enjoyed the switching from one character to another, as they were all intertwined. A slower paced story, I truly enjoyed being able to take in all of the description without feeling like I had to rush to see what happened next. Gentle romance, history, and a library. This book has something for everyone and I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Just lovely! It's not fast-paced or terribly exciting, but the women of Ivy Hill have a gentle strength that made this book a pleasure to read. I recommend reading the first book in the series, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, to more fully understand and appreciate the backgrounds of the various community members. The perspective switches often between Jane (the innkeeper), Rachel (the librarian), Mercy (the teacher), and Thora (Jane's mother-in-law). We learn more about Timothy, Rachel and Jane's childhood friend and beau, Mrs. Haverhill, the mysterious recluse, and Mr. Grant, the businessman, and their pasts and secrets are slowly revealed throughout the book in intriguing layers which propelled the story forward. By the conclusion of the book we have happy endings for some, and interesting prospects for others, making me wish the third book was already out! The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is definitely a book to savor as it's read. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This is a continuation of The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill but the focus is on Rachel and Mercy, both friends of Jane from the pervious book. After losing her home to a distant relative, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage with her friend Miss Mercy Grove, who runs a boarding school for girls. Determined to earn her own livelihood, Rachel decides to open a circulating library with the many books she inherited from her father. In one of the books, donated by an anonymous donor, she discovers a letter that reveals a secret and a mystery she is determined to solve. The book’s focus is on the various relationships between the characters and the dynamics of living in Ivy Hill, a small English village in 1820. I thought this book was a bit slow in the beginning. It took me about a hundred pages to start engaging with the characters and the rhythm of the story. There were many references to the characters and plot of the previous book, so I would definitely recommend reading The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill prior to reading this book. In addition, there was important background information on the various people. One of the things I like most about this author is the complexity of her stories and characters. Meaning, that each of her characters has a past that includes regrets and mistakes. To me, that aspect makes them richer and creates fortitude as they overcome their past. The other aspect about her characters is that they take the high road even when there is a cost to them. In this case, Mercy must make a decision to be truthful, regardless of the negative consequences. Ms. Klassen is a master with words and describes both scenery and emotions with expertise, making the reader feel as if they are living in Ivy Hill. I would recommend reading this historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage, by Julie Klassen, is the second book in the Tales From Ivy Hill series, and takes place during the Regency era of the early 1800s. It contains some of the same villagers as book one, and shares similar themes. Just as in the first book of the series (The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill) there is a neighborhood map in the front of the book that enables the reader to visualize the region. I wish there was a list of characters as well, because there are many. I had a difficult time of keeping them straight. I think it helps to have read the first book in the series to become more familiar with who’s who. For me, although the story evoked laugh out loud moments, and heart touching emotions, the beginning was a bit slow. The pace picked up in the middle, but there was so much going on that I felt a little lost. I enjoyed the mystery and romance aspects, and the Ivy Hill community is well thought out and crafted, but I can’t say I became fully immersed in the story or characters. Perhaps if there was fewer storylines, and more focus on a particular character, I would have been more satisfied. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
•°o•:*:•.BUSY VILLAGE LIFE.•:*:• o°• Ivy Hill, Wilshire, England, September 1820 So much is happening in this second installment of Tales from Ivy Cottage. On the author’s character page found on [talesfromivyhill dot com] I counted over 100 characters! That’s a lot, but it makes for a very interesting series; one in which you can imagine yourself stepping back into time to visit the quaint village life. Jane Fairmont runs The Bell and had a starring role in the last book. Mercy Grove, schoolmistress and spinster, living with Matilda Grove (Aunt Matty). Rachel Ashford, currently being pursued by Nicholas Ashford, a distant second cousin who inherited her home after her parents were deceased. She now lives with Mercy and Matty and hopes to learn where her place in society is through attending the Ladies Tea and Knitting Society. James Drake, charmer/recent owner of The Fairmont hotel, shows interest in Jane, as well seeking information on a long lost acquaintance. Mr. Ainsworth, old sexton/gravedigger, is one of my favorite background characters. He has a deep respect for all things living, and a special scene with Jane really which yanked my heartstrings. Sir Timothy Brockwell, baronet, and former love interest to both Jane and Rachel during their youth, yet now 30 and never married. He is very kind, but trapped by what’s expected and proper. These are just a handful of the interesting characters whose lives are woven together with day-to-day events, celebrations, losses, hopes and worry for the future, and faith. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and TEA, oh the tea… it is woven throughout time and again. Sigh. The author also has some lovely pictures, character directory, map of the town, etc. all found under Tales From Ivy Hill dot com. Book #2 © December 2017 Bethany House 442 pages with discussion questions Book 3 – The Bride of Ivy Green, due out Dec. 2018
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
I loved Rachel, Jane and Mercy for the support, friendship and faith they had in each other. Rachel has suffered a great loss, but has the fortitude to face the past and look to the future with great hope. Mercy thinks she has everything set in her life until a little girl shows her what her heart truly desires, but will her parents step in a forbid her greatest desire? Jane has a plan and that's to remodel her inn and improve business. This is a story about friendship, faith, secrets, second chances, and love. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage was delightful to read! The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen is a touching story of women determined to support themselves in progressive ways not yet common in their society. Both Rachel and Mercy find themselves unmarried and without husbands to support them. With the help of friends, Rachel opens a circulating library, while Mercy’s heart is devoted to educating local young women. Despite obstacles, both Rachel and Mercy discover themselves as friends rally around them to help and encourage them. Full of warmth, heartache, friendship and loss, Klassen continues to explore the relationships of women in the small village of Ivy Hill in her second novel in her Ivy Hills series. Klassen’s narrative is delightful to read because it flows with simplicity and authenticity and which shows the heartaches and triumphs of her characters with grace and aplomb. She has a way of making her characters, my neighbors. She is a gifted writer with touching insights to share. I look forward to her the next novel in the Ivy Hill series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen for my candid review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book a lot. I loved the setting and I felt like I was really there. So I liked going to back and visiting again. It took me a while to remember all of the characters and who they were. But once I got there I easily fell back into the story. We get to catch up with the characters we met in the first book and get a deeper look into there lives. And there was all these potential romances going on, it kept it very interesting. I think I liked this book even more than first because of the deeper aspect into each character and getting to know them even more. I do think you need to read the first book in the series to fully appreciate this one. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a charming historical romance! 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 received a free copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. 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.*
AMHeath More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: The first book of the series had me beside myself in anticipation of the next book in the series. Sadly, I felt like so much of that tension was missing in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. I think having that high expectation going into this one had hindered me in enjoying it as much as I had hoped. Setting aside my expectations, there IS a great story here in the inviting Regency era. Klassen draws out Biblical messages on trusting God and forgiveness. There are still some things left undone so there’s plenty to look forward to in the third and final installment. That being said, there were still plenty of romance here and happy endings for some of the characters involved. I enjoyed watching two separate mysteries unfold and come to light. And as always, I enjoyed visiting this charming village and those who live there. Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving The Ladies of Ivy Cottage 4 stars and recommending it those who enjoy Christian Regency Fiction. *You’ll want to read this series in order. ~ I received a copy from Bethany House through Net Galley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Reminiscent of Jayne Eyre, Christian Historical fiction that you won’t want to end. Would make an excellent PBS movie with similarities to other English series. It’s great to be back to Ivy Hill, although I believe that you would enjoy the book without reading the previous books. The story involves more than one lady and their lives. They are ladies who were part of Society but for various reasons are no longer able to live that life and had to earn the means to support themselves. Many of us can identify with having a difficult path to walk, perhaps one that we did not expect, but with God’s Grace we find that He has provided for us and it’s not a bad life after all, in fact it was meant for us. Rachel is able to stay with her friend Mercy in her family’s home after her parents move away. The ever helpful Ladies Tea and Knitting Society in Ivy Hill is a great help to the girls. They are business women as well and understand the struggles involved with having to support one’s self. Following their advice, Mercy is able to let Rachel start a circulating library in a couple of the rooms, which gives Rachel a way to support herself. But Mercy doesn’t realize that her mother has other plans for her. Rachel had thought she was going to marry Sir Timothy, but when her father ran into financial ruin, his family would no longer allow an affiliation with her. Since they are still living in the same area he does see and talk with her, and helps her in ways that he can. A donation of some books to her library opens up a whole new area for them, and ends up uncovering a secret they never would have dreamed of. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House Publishers - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have 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.”