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Use I just think that Cathy has got such a wonderfully cosy package with her Ivy Lane story Everything fits so perfectly and I could honestly see myself living alongside Tilly and the rest of the Ivy Lane lot very very happily The atmosphere was inviting and I honestly cannot fault the author for a single thing This is what reading is about finding a place that feels so comfortable and homely that you d love to visit and meet the characters and maybe get a lesson or two in gardening while you re at itIvy Lane is written in first person narrative from Tilly s point of view but that didn t stop me from feeling as if I knew the other characters just as well There were so many fabulous people to meet and ach time a new name or face popped up I think my smile grew bigger and bigger Gemma who Tilly finds herself sharing half of a plot with at Ivy Lane allotments turns out to be another main character with her own story going on alongside Tilly s The two became friends uickly and Gemma was a completely joy to be around I looked forward to seeing her The Time It Never Rained each andvery time that Tilly toddled off to her plot and adored the dialogue between them both Despite Tilly not wanting to get too close to anyone after what had happened to her previously Gemma slips into her heart very uickly and it was a beautiful thing to watch happen The same goes to most of the other Ivy Lane characters too from Mia Gemma s teenage daughter to Alf an The Child of the Soul and Other Stories elderly man who gives the best advice and who Tilly becomes very fond of All walks of life could be found Ivy Lane is about Tilly Parker who had a horrible time the last 18 months She needs to get a new perspective in life so she accepts a job as a primary school teacher in a small town called Kingsfield and takes on a plot in the Ivy Lane allotments near her house Soon Tilly starts to make friends with the other Ivy Lane gardeners and is being drawn and into their lovely worldI adored the Ivy Lane people and their stories They were all very cute At first I wasn t really sure if all this gardening stuff would be for me but as it turned out it was Maybe that s because it was not that much gardening in thend But still I kind of want to own an allotment myself and grow fruits or whatever The atmosphere of the book was so cozy and nice all the time I loved it What I also loved was that Tilly s story is split into four parts or four seasons like so we accompany her throughout one whole year So we have one year to unravel Tilly s past and find a new meaning for her future lifeI am uite sad that the book is over now because I don t really want to say goodbye to Ivy Lane allotments Oh and the girl from Appleby Farm appears towards the Childrens Phantasies end of the book so I already got to know her a tiny bit which was nice because Appleby Farm will be one of my next reads For meverything about Ivy Lane is just perfect the characters setting pace intrigue humour and romance all are served up in just the right uantities I loved very page and waxed lyrical about it at very opportunityThe story is about a character Tilly Parker and the people she meets and becomes friends with when she takes on I absolutely adored reading Ivy Lane I was 34 way through reading the novel and I was The Soviet Union experiencing that feeling you get when you don t want something tondCathy Bramley is another new author to me and will now be going on my favourites listThis full length novel takes you through one year of the life of Tilly Parker starting with Spring and Gods and Heroes ending at WinterThe story flowed so well and at thend of Science, Technology and Culture each chapter I wasager to continue readingCathy Bramley has created such memorable characters in Ivy Lane and I feel uite bereft that the story has finished I do hope the characters will pop up in future stories hint hint I thoroughly No Beast So Fierce enjoyed the setting of the story based around an allotment community and feelncouraged to try my hand at adventurous gardening I hope allotments are here to stay and inspire younger generations to njoy nurturing land and seeds to lifeThis was such a heartwarming story that left you feeling like you d been wrapped in a big bear hug It was a story of heartache and new beginnings a story of friendship and fun times a story of love and new hopeA well deserved 55 read. Seedlings organizing bake sales and planning seasonal partiesAs the seasons pass will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her hear.
A hug in a book Wonderful 45 starsWell so that gardening and swapping plants and stuff didn t voke any Last Chance Bride excitement in me But apart from that this story around Tilly and Ivy Lane s nice little community is really lovely After a tragedy Tilly needs a fresh start and finds it in Kingsfield Over the course of one year you can not only witness her patch of the allotment blossom but also herself an Cathy Bramley has wrote an amazing chick lit once again I reallynjoyed the story and felt myself connecting to Tilly instantly I found her background story really interesting and was itching to know about what had happened to James However once I did find out I kinda wish I never did It was a sad one Ivy Lane follows Tilly Parker s move to new neighbourhood Kingsfield where she joins an allotment to get some peace and uiet However she soon realises this is the last thing she is going to get by going there Soon she makes tons of friends and is starting to feel alive again after her husbands car crashWhat I really njoyed with Ivy Lane and Appleby Farm which is another of Cathy Bramley s books is that they interlinked Ivy Lane is set before Appleby Farm although they are about completely different characters some other characters slide in and out of the books It was like a light bulb lit up inside my head when I was reading Ivy Lane and all of a sudden Freya popped up that s when I realised that Gemma Tilly s new best friend is also is Appleby Farm The linking of the stories and the characters is beautifully done and not confusing in the slightestThe character of Charlie freaked me out a little same as he did in Appleby Farm I was never a huge fan I know he was meant to come across as obsessive and over the top about Tilly but I still did find him a little strange I loved Gemma and her relationship with Tilly and it actually made me want to get involved in some sort of communityOverall a fab book and an asy read I couldn t put it down I Lawman Lover (Outlaws, enjoyed it so much Can t wait to read Cathy Bramley books She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors Sweet happynding book This book started really good with an interesting story and a lovely setting but it went down hill pretty uickly for me It was too clich and predictable The main character Tilly was just too nice sweet and unrealistic I couldn t understand how she could make such a drama of being single for two years come on you lost someone dear to you it takes time for your heart to heal I can t understand how the writer could make such a big deal out of it like being single is terrible and Tilly s only way forward in life was to find a man who could complete her I didn t like the guy she City Girl in Training ended up with nor her views on him as her savior She could had been an amazing strong women but in the second half of the story she was becoming weak and man desperate The last two chapters made me throw this book and yell at her I cant remember last time I have been so angry with a book I wish I could get my money back for this one Lane centres on Tilly Parker who is making a fresh start in a uiet market town in Derbyshire All she wants is some peace and uiet and she thinks the local Ivy Lane allotments will provide the perfect opportunity as she can focus on the growth of the food on her little patch ofarth rather than on the terrible things that made her flea from her former lifeWhat Tilly hasn t taken into consideration was the daily hustle and bustle of the community at the allotments Instead of getting to work uietly and with her head down her fellow gardeners soon befriend Tilly and rope her in for an array of activities organised by the allotment committee Against all odds she Mystery at Kittiwake Bay enjoys herself and while it wasn t the peace she went out to seek in a different way it also provides a perfect distraction from her former life But ignoring her past will Tillyver be able to truly move on and find happinessInitially released in four individual digital parts the whole novel has now been published and I whizzed through it at rapid speed as I fell in love with main character Tilly and her new friends at the Ivy Lane allotments I have never been a big fan of gardening myself but Cathy has sold it to me with her beautiful descriptions of Tilly s rewa. Tilly Parker needs a fresh start fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ver to leave the past behind and move on with her life As she seeks out peace and uiet in a new town taking on.
Rding work on her own little space not to mention the fact that you can meet gorgeous men while gardening who knewAnd Tilly wasn t the only one I fell in love with The aforementioned gorgeous men aside I absolutely adored Alf an lderly gentlemen who d been taking care of his plot by himself after his wife of many years passed away and beautician Gemma who was not only a very funny character to read about but also became a genuine and close friend to Tilly Ivy Lane tells a heart warming sweet and uplifting tale of friendship romance and getting your hands dirty Filled to the brim with loveable characters a compelling story and a tearjerker or two Cathy Bramley has one again shown what a fantastic writer she is This is one of my favourite snuggle up cosy read of the year and I am already looking forward to Cathy s next book which is the The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, enticingly titled Appleby Farm As of right now I m still trying to process my thoughts on Tilly Parker s story because it was just so bloody brilliant so if I begin to ramble and make no sense at all then that s myxcuse In Ivy Lane we re introduced to Tilly Parker Cathy begins to reveal to the reader that there is something that has led Tilly to her new destination although the xact reason isn t revealed until a later point within the story It s fair to say that I was intrigued instantly and my mind was whirring with all of the possible reasons as to why Tilly was there She was beginning a new job in the local primary school she was looking for peace and solitude and all of these things pointed to Tilly s past and something dramatic which must have happened to make her want to start completely anew Tilly s past remains a mysterious for uite a while which is something that I just adored Every now and then something would cause Tilly s yes to swim with tears and it became apparent that as the story progressed I was getting closer and closer to figuring out what had happened to her before Ivy Lane I found myself warming to Tilly immediately not just because it was obvious that she d suffered some sort of tragedy but because she was just so damn likeable Self deprecating at times comical friendly and genuine Tilly Parker was a woman who I could definitely see myself being friends with What I loved the most though without a shadow of a doubt was Tilly s transition Looking back now from Spring to Winter Tilly undergoes such a marvellous change and it truly warms my heart Avoiding friendship and keeping herself to herself is Tilly s main plan of action when she first steps onto Ivy Lane territory but as the seasons pass her determined wall of solitude is chipped away at and by the time winter arrives Tilly Parker is like a brand new person This change that takes place was incredibly beautiful to witness from a reader s perspective and I was in awe of Cathy s superb talents when it came to matters of the heart The An Italian Education entire Ivy Lane story was a big bundle of friendship love letting go of the past and welcoming in all that is new positive and uplifting It was a pure pleasure to journey alongside Tilly and to watch her push through the surface and blossom into this new sparkling being much like one of the seedlings of Ivy Lane itself I think Cathy s decision to beginach new part of Tilly s story with a new season was genius Not only did it Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code enhance the whole gardening and weather themed feel of the story but it had me thinking beforehand of all that I had to look forward to in the upcoming months Whilst reading in summer I found myselfxcited about what would be happening in October during Halloween and in December for Christmas The colourful Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, engaging inhabitants of the Ivy Lane allotments drew Tilly in despite her bestfforts to not become involved with any of them and it wasn t long until Tilly was planning social Daddy Wanted events and getting dressed up in a witches outfit Along with the changing seasons came the changing weather The sunshine swapped places with frost and this of course affected the delights that the Ivy Lane gardeners would plant on their allotments It was busy and thrilling andven though I m the least green fingered person in the world I had this crazy urge to turf soil plant potatoes and carrots and to assemble my own little greenho. A plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solutionBut the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy comforting world of planting.
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