Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the book:
Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as 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?
Much like the previous book, if you do not like Regency books that move similar to speed to Jane Austen, you may not enjoy this one. I do, hence the great enjoyment.
I had waited to read both of the books near to one another, but when I finished this one, I was dismayed that I will be waiting another year for the next one. There were some resolutions, but not nearly enough for me!
The romance is a little more in this one than the first one, but again, very, very light throughout. It is not the storyline as much as it is the tale of the “Ladies of Ivy Cottage”.
I was struck by the way that the society was set up for women to struggle when they were unmarried.
Ms. Klassen does an excellent job of giving you a complete picture and painting the set up to make you want to read the next book as well.
This book is available for purchase from booksellers near you and Amazon. If you like Regency and Jane Austen, get this one as well as the one before it.
I obtained this book through the publisher, Bethany House. My opinions and thoughts are my own.