Jera’s Jamboree review : Ivy Lane : Spring by Cathy Bramley

ivy laneFormat: Kindle Edition

File Size: 927 KB

Print Length: 87 pages

Publisher: Transworld Digital (3 April 2014)



Friendship blossoms at Ivy Lane…
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 settles in to a new town seeking peace and solitude, taking on her own plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the vibrant, friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and endeavour to entice Tilly into seedling swaps and Easter egg hunts. Can Tilly let new friends into her life, or will she stay a wallflower for good?
Ivy Lane is a serialized novel told in four parts – taking you through a year in the life of Tilly Parker – beginning with Spring.

Each part of Ivy Lane is approx. 10 chapters.

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We join Tilly on New Year’s Day as she is leaving her home for her first visit to the allotments.  Having chosen to isolate herself, she figures this is the perfect time – who will be around on this day of the year?

Single 35 year old Charlie is the first person she meets and she is reluctant to engage with him.  He makes an innocent remark, which Tilly can’t handle.  It takes six weeks for her to go back as she is getting used to her new job at the local school.

Tilly gets drawn into the community.  She thinks she needs isolation but the fabulous inhabitants at Ivy Lane prove otherwise as we watch Tilly slowly coming back to life as they not only give her invaluable support when she makes mistakes but also nurture her, accepting her for where she is in her life.

I loved every single character!  Neighbour Gemma provides some laugh out loud moments as well as some more tender moments.  I loved the way her mum Christine sneakily draws Tilly in to the committee.  Charlie – I’m wondering if he has a mental illness as to me, his actions came across as bi-polar.

The characters who make up the community are people we have all met before and are easy to identify with.  I can’t wait to find out more!

Most tantalising of all is the reason WHY Tilly had to move away and start a new life.  We know she is emotionally in pain and has found it hard to move on.  She is still grieving.  But we don’t know her secret and I couldn’t make up my mind out of the two things I considered it might be …

Ivy Lane is full of warmth and belonging.  It really is a vibrant community! It captured my imagination and I’m eager to see how the story unfolds in Ivy Lane : Summer.

3 owl rating

I would like to thank the publishers for approval via Netgalley.

Contact Cathy on her blog on Twitter @cathybramley or on Facebook


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