Mar 9, 2015

Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley


From spring to summer, autumn to winter, a lot can happen in a single year . . .

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?

A charming and romantic story certain to make you smile - perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde.

Ivy Lane was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.


I was approved for a review copy if this on Netgalley.


Tilly knows she has to move on. She has to find the strength somewhere to continue with her life on her own. She moves into a new house and has found herself a new job. To get out of the house in her free time while still having some peace and quiet Tilly takes on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments. She hasn't got any gardening experience, but she can learn. As soon as she arrives she's getting a warm welcome and people are socializing with her all the time. Ivy Lane has a tight community that's determined to make Tilly one of them.

Every season brings something new and exciting for Tilly and her fellow Ivy Lane community members. She finds frienship and she's slowly opening up. She's healing bit by bit and it's time to let the rest of the world in again, but that isn't always easy...

I felt so bad for Tilly as she's such a lovely and kind woman. She's been through so much and deserves a bit of happiness. I wanted her to find some joy in life again and with every step in the right direction I cheered for her, when something didn't go well I felt bad for her and when she had a chance to find love again I was happy for her. It sometimes felt like I was part of the Ivy Lane community.

Cathy Bramley has a great way with words. I love it how she can make beautiful sentences that make you feel what her characters are feeling. I liked the Ivy Lane atmosphere and immediately wanted to pick up gardening after reading all the wonderful stories. I enjoyed reading this special book very much, it's fabulous, clever and absolutely wonderful.


  1. Thank you Suze, for such a lovely review, I'm so glad you enjoyed Ivy Lane
    Best wishes

  2. Cathy I yet to see a bad review of this book. It's on my wish list x


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