THE BRIDE OF IVY GREEN, by Julie Klassen, Bethany House, Graf-Martin


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Much has happened in idyllic Ivy Hill in recent months, and while several villagers have found new love and purpose, questions remain–and a few dearly held dreams have yet to be fulfilled.

Jane Bell is torn. Gabriel Locke is back and has made his intentions clear. But Jane is reluctant to give up her inn and destine another man to a childless marriage. Then someone she never expected to see again returns to Ivy Hill. . . .

Mercy Grove has lost her school and is resigned to life as a spinster, especially as the man she admires seems out of reach. Should she uproot herself from Ivy Cottage to become a governess for a former pupil? Her decision will change more lives than her own.

A secretive new dressmaker arrives in the village, but the ladies soon suspect she isn’t who she claims to be. Will they oust the imposter, or help rescue her from a dangerous predicament?

In the meantime, everyone expects Miss Brockwell to marry a titled gentleman, even though her heart is drawn to another. While the people of Ivy Hill anticipate one wedding, an unexpected bride may surprise them all.

Don’t miss this romantic, stirring conclusion to Tales from Ivy Hill.

approx. 448 pages

Out December 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is the conclusion to a series, Tales From Ivy Hill, Book Three.  This is not my first Klassen novel.

If you love reading Regency-era books, this one will appeal to you. If you love strong female well-developed characters, then once again, you should read this series.

I found myself growing attached to the women in this series, wanting to learn and see more about them and their lives, and what the future held for them. The character, Jane, was featured somewhat in this book, but the story of Mercy was focused on more.  The writing and setting were so wonderful, that the reader escaped into the pages to experience this heavenly world Klassen had created.  Talk of a Christmas Ivy Hill novella coming out has piqued the reader’s interest. If so, this would draw much attention from readers who have followed this series to its satisfying end.

Everything was wrapped up successfully in this third and last book of the series, but not all was sweet and wonderful so the story-line remained true and realistic to its conclusion. The pacing seemed a bit slow here and there, but not enough to force me to lose interest. This is a rather thick book, so a break here and there was actually a good thing.

Klassen is very good at developing character-driven stories and I look forward to seeing what she does next. I know it’s not exactly like it, but throughout reading this series, I couldn’t seem to shake the feeling of Sense and Sensibility vibes I would get, and how Klassen’s writing reminded me of Lynn Austen’s sometimes.

Beautiful writing style, excellent author’s voice, and an enjoyable plot.  You can’t go wrong with this comfort read and I recommend it to all.

I gave this book:

5-Star-Logo-2

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