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Robin Willson5 Stars Out Of 5As good as it gets!July 11, 2019Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christian Historical Romance, England 1821. As good as it gets! This is one of those books where you find the characters to be so dear, you don't want the book to end. If you're like me and read the previous books, you remember everything instantly and jump eagerly into this book, savoring every bit since this is the conclusion to the series. If you didn't read the previous books, do yourself a favor and do so. You can still enjoy this book if you don't but it's so nice to have "the rest of the story". Relationships are so important, and these characters have grown as the story has evolved. Love has grown, personal feelings and situations have been weighed, nothing is easy. Very satisfying story.
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rkfall4 Stars Out Of 5The Bride of Ivy GreenJune 7, 2019rkfallThe Bride of Ivy Green Book 3 by Julie Klassen was a quaint read. What I thought: I loved the dress shop and various hats with all the frills made available by the shop owner. I thought this added a nice element to the read. I found the matchmaking to be funny. The mad dash of the dog at night for the horse ride was quite freaky. That she was able to keep her calm was amazing. I felt like the characters were believable and I really liked Jane.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Laura Davis3 Stars Out Of 5Read the first two books first!May 6, 2019Laura DavisWhen I agreed to review The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen, I assumed there would be adequate back story in this third book of the series. I was wrong. And I feel horrible giving a review at all because I am sure that this was, for many readers, a stirring ending to a lovely series. But when I requested the book, I was unaware it would completely jump from book two to book three without any character development or back story. I felt like I'd just walked into a movie that was almost done and had to figure out what was going on.
I did not begin to piece everything together until I was halfway through the book and this was because characters were still being introduced that were foreign to me. Just when I thought I'd got it figured out, another character would appear and I would have to search the book for backstory only to find it was the first appearance. Suffice it to say this constant questioning of who was who and where they belonged in the scheme of things, soured my appreciation of this book.
What I can say is that it had a lovely ending and it had a strong faith message. If you have been reading the series from the beginning I am positive you will like the book and the ending. If you have not read the series from the beginning, please don't start with the third one.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers through Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5So so goodApril 13, 2019reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the third and, I'm afraid, the final book in the Ivy Hill series. This series has been such a delight and I am so sorry to see it end. The series follows three good friends through some really rough spots in their lives and on to joy at the end. And yet, Julie doesn't tie everything up in a nice little bow at the end. There are still lingering hurts and fears and sad goodbyes that are part of real life and I like that. I like that the three heroines got their sweet endings, but also that it wasn't just perfect for them either. This book focuses the most on Mercy, but the other two friends are also an active part as well.
I would love to see some more books in this series because I think a few of the sideline characters could use a book or two dedicated to their stories and how they work out in the end as well. Julie is just a really good author and last night after I finished this book, which I think was the fifth or sixth books of hers I have read, I went on our library website to add all her other books to my TBR list. The books are well-written and they are nice and long, which makes a great read for a long cozy evening at home alone.
One thing I have just started to do when I read a book is to think of a question to ponder after I am done. I'm not sure how this will work for all my books, but I heard something recently to the effect that all books can teach us something, even books we don't like. Now let me be clear, this book was not a book I didn't like. I will pretty much read anything by Julie Klassen. But the point I am making is that I want my books to linger in my mind after I have read them and I want to learn things from my books.
But finding a question to dissect a bit on this review was a bit hard for this book. It basically encompasses the main character of the book: How can I become like Mercy? She lives up to her name so well, she always sees the good in others, is willing to sacrifice even for people who are not that nice to her, and she is so kind and gracious and unwilling to speak ill of anyone. She is the person, who in real life, might almost be annoying because they are so nice. But that is who I want to be, I want to see the good in people and be gracious and kind to all and that is the takeaway I want to take with me from this book.
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BelleGender: female1 Stars Out Of 5So SadMarch 27, 2019BelleGender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was very disappionted with this book. Unlike other Klassen novels, there is very little mystery. Mercy Grove's love story is BEYOND disappionting to me. Her love story is who you thought it would be and as flat as you hoped it wouldn't be. Klassen had the opportunity to put her with a man who she could truly love and take care of a child she loved. Not with selfish love but true love. Instead she wanted the man she was attracted to, where there was little to no depth and he would've been borderline innapropriate for his time.
Everything else mostly just wrapped up whatever was in previous books. Needless to say, I was very disappionted with this installment.