Series: Tales from Ivy Hill
Published by Bethany House
Are you ready for another Christian historical fiction story?
I advise you to always read a non-fiction book in between two fiction books. It gives you time to allow the story to fade in your memory before introducing a new set of characters. Why am I telling you this? Here’s a quick look at the book before I tell you.
About the Book
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.
About the Author
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.
This Mom’s Review
I admit I almost put this book down about two chapters in. I had trouble getting into the story. I’m not sure if it was because I had just finished another book a few days prior or if it was because there seemed to be too many people to keep up with in this story.
However, I kept reading, mainly because I received the book as a courtesy copy from the publisher. I am so glad I did!
I enjoyed the weaving of each relationship in this story. There were friendships, old and new. There were broken relationships, some restored, some sadly not. I usually have a favorite character picked out in each book I read, but this one holds too many beloved characters.
The author touched on the issue of extra-marital relationships into this story. While it didn’t happen as a current part of the story, the effects were lived out by the characters. The author did a wonderful job of showing us God’s truth and forgiveness within a fictional story.
One aspect of this story that really caught my attention was the introduction of circulating libraries in this story. I enjoyed visiting Rachel’s library while reading this story.
This book is a keeper. I didn’t realize that this was the second volume of a series when I picked it up. That didn’t take away from the book, as it was written to stand on its own. I will be reading volume one to learn more or one character’s story which leads into this one.