Book Review: Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley

Title: Ivy Lane
Author: Cathy Bramley
Published:  February 26th 2015 by Transworld Books

Blurb: 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 seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution.

But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales and planning seasonal parties.

As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her heart? 

Review: Ivy Lane was first released as a 4 parts serialized novel last year. Back then people started falling in love with this sweet story centered in the community of the allotments of Ivy Lane, with the lovely Tilly as the main character. When this year it was finally released as a complete novel I couldn't wait long enough to get my hands in a copy and I couldn't be happier than I did. Actually, it was the lovely Laura from Laura's Little Book Blog who got me a copy as part of the Ninja Book Swap. I think I did a happy dance when I saw this beauty in the parcel.

When I started reading I instantly liked Tilly, who after a horrible life experience has decided to move to a new place and start gardening and cultivating in an allotment. She thought that it would be the perfect quiet place where she could get on with her life and no one would bother her. We all knew though that this was not going to be the case. On her first visit to the allotment, she meets the lovely fireman Charlie (a fireman!) and soon enough she starts meeting the rest of this lively community who have no intention of letting her get on with her life quietly. From the talkative Gemma (who becomes a real friend to Tilly) and her active and persuasive mother to the sweet old Alf (who make me shade more than one tear), they all accepted Tilly as part of their big fun family and we had the privilege to see as she flourishes in time with her crops.

A real tale of friendship, love and family, Ivy Lane is a heart-warming novel that you cannot miss. I have always lived in a flat, so I've never had a garden (except for a year when I lived in a cute little house in England, but we had a gardener so I didn't get my hands dirty). But I've always wanted one and Ivy Lane has just reinforced my desire. Also, I wouldn't mind having an allotment if I get to meet such wonderful people and gorgeous men (yes, plural! Charlie is not the only one wandering around).

If you still haven't picked this sweet read, I don't know what you are waiting for. I am totally adding it to my favourite reads of the year. Also, I love it when books come with extras, in this case, Cathy has shared some recipes from food mentioned during the story with us. I cannot wait to try them all myself.


You Might Also Like

2 comentaris

  1. Lovely review and love your picture at the bottom! Matches the cover so well :)

    1. Thank you Laura! I'm gonna try to add a more personal pic of the book whenever I can as I really enjoy taking this pics! :)