Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Bride of Ivy Green

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.

My thoughts: I loved the first two books in this series, and eagerly awaited the conclusion of the series. I enjoyed this one as well, though it did feel like one of the stories was a bit drawn out. I would of been happy to have more of Justina's story told in depth. That said, I love that Julie has a lot going on with this series, with several main characters and many side stories without it feeling overwhelming. I love that this one introduced prejudices of the time, both with some traveling performers and several characters being from India. I also like the clever way she solved some of the difficulties. All in all, I loved this series and can't wait to see what Julie writes next!
I received this book from Bethany House. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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