Thursday 3 July 2014

Review ~ Ivy Lane: Summer (Part Two) by Cathy Bramley.

Title: Ivy Lane: Summer (Part Two).
Author: Cathy Bramley.
Publisher: Transworld.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Release Date: July 3, 2014.
Source: Bought.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon

Romance ripens at Ivy Lane . . .

Tilly Parker is feeling happier than she has done since her life completely changed nearly two years ago. As she flourishes under the summer sun, she throws herself into life at Ivy Lane, complete with strawberry planting, chinwags with Gemma and cups of tea with Alf.

And excitement reaches fever pitch when a TV crew descends to capture life inside a modern-day allotment, bringing out the best (new wellies and lipstick) and the worst (parsnip rivalry) in them all.

As Tilly's broken heart slowly mends, she attracts the attention of not one but two suitors - but is Tilly ready for romance and what secrets is she still keeping from her friends at Ivy Lane?

My review of Ivy Lane: Spring (Part One).

I’ve been so, so eager to read Ivy Lane: Summer, ever since the moment I finished and fell in love with the Spring instalment. So being in hospital at midnight on release day was in no way going to stop me willing my pre-order to pop up on my Kindle. Straight away, I read and adored this gem of a book and I’m so excited for it to continue in the Autumn.

As a TV crew arrives at Ivy Lane allotments, Tilly, as we discovered in Spring, is dreading the invasion she is expecting into her personal life. Having grown to love Ivy Lane – the achievement of each successful crop and the new friends she’d made, the last thing she wants is any of her secrets to be revealed. As the impatient reader I am, the TV crew part of this novel was so intriguing because I just wanted Tilly to be shook up so I could learn all her secrets on the spot… Clearly, this is why Cathy is the author and not me because she paced this flawlessly.

Ivy Lane: Summer has everything I love about a novel – wonderful characters, a gorgeous setting and twists ready to be unveiled at any opportunity. I fell in love with Ivy Lane: Spring for its community spirit and Summer was no different. What I loved even more in this book though was that though there are a lot of characters named alongside Tilly, they’re all really memorable and we learn just enough about all their individual quirks and traits. The strong development of several characters was something I found really impressive for such a short book.

There was one particular new character on the scene that shook things up for Tilly a little bit throughout Summer and I’m still not sure what to think of him! I was a Charlie girl in the first Ivy Lane book and now I’m completely torn!

And that ending... It was perfectly infuriating but I loved it! It also made me unashamedly check to see how long I have to wait until the Autumn instalment of Ivy Lane (63 days…) and I really don’t know how I’ll wait that long because this series is fast becoming one of my absolute favourites. There were a few hints at dates and things which might come up in the Autumn and Winter editions of Ivy Lane but for now, I’ll have to settle for the frankly brilliant, stunning Ivy Lane: Summer. This is simply the perfect choice for your summer reading.

Review also posted on Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon


  1. Great review, I can't wait to read this book! As usual when you recommend a book I want to have it! xx


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