Monday, January 15, 2018
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage: Review and Giveaway!
It's time again for another book review and giveaway courtesy of Bethany House Publishers! Here is the first finished book of the new year and a fun read.
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is the second book in the Tales from Ivy Hill series by Julie Klassen. I read the first book early last year.
First of all, Julie Klassen is already one of my favorite authors - the first book I ever read of hers was The Tutor's Daughter and I was hooked. I went back and read all of her previous books and have kept up with all of her new releases through the last few years.
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage picks up right where The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill left off. I actually wish I'd read the books closer together because it took me quite some time in this second book to remember details from the first one. I felt sort of lost for a while because I couldn't mentally place each character and their back story until I got farther along into the book.
Ivy Hill is a small and charming English village. This book explores the lives of several ladies living at Ivy Cottage and nearby. There are several story lines going on which keeps it interesting. I especially enjoyed one of the main characters, Rachel, and her idea to make the most of what she has available. In book one, her father left her his book collection and now she isn't sure what to do with it. When friends suggest opening a circulating library - she is at first quite uncertain about the task before her - but she rises to the occasion and discovers a number of things along the way.
This book was an enjoyable read, there are a couple of things left unresolved which makes a good intro to the next book. And we were not left dangling uncomfortably between books!
This book was a lot about friendships and the characters helping one another. I liked that and it felt friendly to read about it. This was a great just-before-bed cozy read!
The author has a website set up just for this series which includes a video tour of an English village that she used as a model for these books. You can see a map of the town, read about characters and read excerpts from both books one and two.
I'd like to send this book to one of you! Please leave a comment on this post by Friday January 19 and I will draw a winner. There must be a way to contact you and US addresses only please.
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* I received this book as part of the Bethany House blog review program in exchange for sharing my opinion with you.