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The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) (udgave 2017)

af Julie Klassen (Forfatter)

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In The Ladies of Ivy Cottage 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?… (mere)
Medlem:JeanneMAC
Titel:The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill)
Forfattere:Julie Klassen (Forfatter)
Info:Bethany House Publishers (2017), 448 pages
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I'm really enjoying this series. While the title of this book is "The Ladies of Ivy Cottage," we don't neglect the coaching inn and all who live or have lived there. A lot goes on in this book and most of the reviewers have described the plot sufficiently. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book. ( )
  eliorajoy | Feb 18, 2021 |
Oh how my heart aches for the Regency Era women of Ivy Hill. Regardless of how hard they work or try to make their way in the world, they are still subject to the whims of men and societal standards of 1820s Wiltshire, England. A woman's life was precarious outside the protection of a father or husband. For those women who strove to stand on their own through means available to them, I am ever their cheering fan.

This delightful story, (the second installment in the Tales from Ivy Hill series) is rich with stories of such women. There is impoverished gentlewoman Rachel, whose childhood home passes to a distant cousin upon her father's death. Her married sister received all of their mother's jewels and Rachel was bequeathed her father's library of books through his will which stipulated that none of the books could be sold. How does one shelter or feed themselves with only books?! The solution is a clever one and temporarily provides for Rachel's needs.

Mercy Groves and her spinster Aunt Matilda run a school for girls in Mercy's childhood home as her parents have hied off to their London home. All is well until Mercy's parents insist upon arranging a marriage for Mercy in order for her to keep the home. Otherwise, it will be given away to another sibling. Should she marry for convenience or save her heart for one truly deserving and thus lose the school and dash her dreams.

Then there's gentlewoman, Jane who, for love, married an innkeeper. Now a widow and no longer a member of the "in crowd", she receives no invitations to societal gatherings. She has carried on well her husband's business and is now in a position to make marked improvements to the property.

Most of the women in this story are part of a tremendous support network without which many would have fallen into ill health or compromising situations. They're strong, bright and compassionate. There are also those few women of means who are comfortably provided for by their husbands or husbands' wealth and who need not rely on that support network, at least for the moment. They appear smug and judgmental.

This book is considered "Christian fiction" yet the scriptural references are occasional and fitting. The romantic elements as described are chaste and tasteful. The writing style is highly descriptive and sets the scenes well; the characters are well developed and the period research is solid. For the most part, the women's stories wandered about in a gentle cadence until nearly the end of the book. At that point, I felt a rushing by the author to quickly tie up loose ends where possible and leave at least one unfinished story to be picked up in the next installment. There were few surprises but the book still satisfied and provided a diversion from contemporary life.

I am grateful to author Julie Klaasen, Baker Publishing and Goodreads First Reads for having provided a free copy of this book. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone.

Synopsis (from publsiher's website):
Return to Ivy Hill as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold . . .

A gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. With her meager funds rapidly depleting, she is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. Her friend Jane Bell and the other village women encourage her to open a circulating library with the many books she's inherited from her father. As villagers donate additional books and Rachel begins sorting through the volumes, she discovers mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but both find more than they bargained for.

Rachel's hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and finds fulfillment in 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 whom--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all. ( )
  KateBaxter | Dec 5, 2018 |
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. ( )
  KimPotter | Aug 21, 2018 |
It has been too long since I read The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill . I had forgotten several key points of the book. It took me a little while to get up to speed and continue on with the story. I highly recommend reading the first book before this one, or read them one right after the other.

This book is not fast paced, just like the first. Julie Klassen is building the story, piece by piece. It moves just like life would. I like that the book is not a race, but a story that is told in detail and interesting for the reader.

The books center around a group of friends who had grown apart, but have reconciled and found enjoyment in each others company. The friends are at different places in their lives. It is very interesting to see how they handle situations, disappointment, and heartbreak.

This book is a slow romance. Not all of the women find happiness at once. The book splits it's time between the characters and describes what is happening with their prospects. I love looking back at past time periods to see how much different we are today, but at our cores we are the same.

I liked this book better than the first, but I really think that I need to go back and re-read it. I want to see what I missed and be reminded of events. Jane's relationships are of particular interest to me.

This is a clean book. It does contain mention of infidelity and premarital relations.

Source: I requested a copy from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  Bookworm_Lisa | Aug 15, 2018 |
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. ( )
  sh2rose | Jul 8, 2018 |
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In The Ladies of Ivy Cottage 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?

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