The Ladies of Ivy Cottage Review

Hello friends! How is 2018 treating you so far? Me, well I’m back to work and Caitlin is back to school so it’s hectic life as normal for us. Have you made your goodreads reading goal yet? I keep going back and forth on a couple of numbers, but at least plugged in a number for good measure. I hope to do lot’s of reading this year!

My first book of the year is actually book two in a series. While I have not read book one yet, that didn’t really bother me –  I felt like I was up to speed with everything and loved the story. What’s the first book you read this year?

About the Book
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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?

What a beautifully written story about Rachel, Jane and Mercy. I was easily transported back to 1820 to the lovely Ivy Hill. The people, the atmosphere, and the setting just took my breath away. I found myself just wishing I was there teaching the young children, or helping Rachel set up the library, or working alongside Jane. And the men! Well, they were all gentlemen, and while some had some secrets, that did not stop me from swooning over them a little bit.

But let’s talk about the most important thing in this book. The library. Okay, to me it was anyway. It was the thing that grabbed my attention the most. First of all, I was a little taken back by the fact that Rachel didn’t really care for books. I mean, hello?! Reading is awesome! But we cannot expect all the characters we read to have the same likes and dislikes as us. So when the opportunity came to start the library, that is when the little green monster took over and I decided that maybe I should just fill in for Rachel. She doesn’t even like books!

Yes, this book has some mystery, and certainly several doses of romance. They are fun and important parts of the story. But to be honest, anything that had to do with the library, before and after it started, was really what I enjoyed most in this book. One exception – Rachel was telling a story to the young girls and if you read in between the lines, you’ll find the story is really about herself and her love triangle! I thought that was great of the author to include. I think perhaps it gave us a glimpse of what Rachel thought about the situation.

Overall this book was a home run for me. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

My Perspective

What a beautifully written story about Rachel, Jane and Mercy. I was easily transported back to 1820 to the lovely Ivy Hill. The people, the atmosphere, and the setting just took my breath away. I found myself just wishing I was there teaching the young children, or helping Rachel set up the library, or working alongside Jane. And the men! Well, they were all gentlemen, and while some had some secrets, that did not stop me from swooning over them a little bit.

But let’s talk about the most important thing in this book. The library. Okay, to me it was anyway. It was the thing that grabbed my attention the most. First of all, I was a little taken back by the fact that Rachel didn’t really care for books. I mean, hello?! Reading is awesome! But we cannot expect all the characters we read to have the same likes and dislikes as us. So when the opportunity came to start the library, that is when the little green monster took over and I decided that maybe I should just fill in for Rachel. She doesn’t even like books!

Yes, this book has some mystery, and certainly several doses of romance. They are fun and important parts of the story. But to be honest, anything that had to do with the library, before and after it started, was really what I enjoyed most in this book. One exception – Rachel was telling a story to the young girls and if you read in between the lines, you’ll find the story is really about herself and her love triangle! I thought that was great of the author to include. I think perhaps it gave us a glimpse of what Rachel thought about the situation.

Overall this book was a home run for me. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

About the Author

Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Her book, The Silent Governess, was also a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit www.julieklassen.com for more information.

2 thoughts on “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage Review

  1. Sounds like a really great story! The first book I read this year was Beyond the Blue by Carrie Turansky. I’m currently reading The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz! Both books are excellent!!

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