Friday, 4 April 2014

Review ~ Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1 by Cathy Bramley.

Title: Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1.
Author: Cathy Bramley.
Publisher: Transworld.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Release Date: April 3, 2014.
Source: Bought.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

Friendship blossoms at Ivy Lane...

Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she settles in to a new town seeking peace and solitude, taking on her own plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the vibrant, friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and endeavour to entice Tilly into seedling swaps and Easter egg hunts. Can Tilly let new friends into her life, or will she stay a wallflower for good?

Ivy Lane is a serialized novel told in four parts - taking you from spring to summer, autumn to winter - which tell a charming, light-hearted and moving story you won't want to put down.




Review:

I’d been anxiously awaiting Ivy Lane: Spring to pop up on my Kindle ever since I pre-ordered it, and as soon as it appeared, I had to pick it up. I never actually got to the stage of putting it down though but it was well worth it. Ivy Lane is a beautiful story with lovely characters and a gorgeous cover. I loved it.

Tilly was a fab main character. Instantly likeable, she was a refreshing character to read and so intriguing too! I’m desperate to know what she’s hiding. There’s an abundance of other characters in this book meaning Tilly didn’t get the quiet fresh start she was hoping for. But they’re all wonderful to read and their community spirit is heartwarming. Can’t say I’ve ever wanted to escape to an allotment before but it seems a lovely place to be as Tilly was making lots of new friends.

The writing was wonderful – I felt like I was there at the allotment and could picture every vegetable growing (or not growing as may have been the case) and every lively character. I loved Gemma and Charlie but all the characters were great fun. I just can’t compliment this book enough.

Ivy Lane: Spring had it all and I was smiling the whole way through. From friendship to secrets to humour to the ups and downs in Tilly’s life, Cathy Bramley packed tons of charm into this short story. It’s a quick book but one which will no doubt leave you needing the next instalment (I pre-ordered it the moment I finished). I’m sure this will be the best springtime book I read this year.

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Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

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