The Ladies of Ivy Cottage #2 - eBook
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage #2 - eBook   -     By: Julie Klassen
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781493411900
ISBN-13: 9781493411900
Series: Tales From Ivy Hill

Publisher's Description

New from the Top Author of Inspirational Regency Romance

Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold.

Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.

Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he?

As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

Author Bio

Julie Klassen is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full time. Three of her books have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Julie has also won the Minnesota Book Award, Christian Retailing's BEST Award, the Midwest Book Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards and ACFW's Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, visit www.julieklassen.com.

Endorsements

"Readers will rejoice that this is only the beginning of her new Tales From Ivy Hill series."--Publishers Weekly

"Klassen launches a heartwarming new series set in the Regency era that delivers everything fans of gentle historical-romance novels could ever want . . ."--Booklist

"The second book in the Tales from Ivy Hill series begins the moment the first book ends. Fans are reunited with beloved characters who are sweet, kind and caring. . . . Klassen does a great amount of research for her books and gives a realistic glimpse of life in the early 1800s in England." --RT Book Reviews

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  1. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful
    February 17, 2018
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Ladies of Ivy Cottage #2.
    I cant wait to have more books in this series. I love all the characters. I loved learning about how subscription libraries worked. I love all the recurring characters and how we learn more about each one. I laughed and cried during this book. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
  2. Mrs ARS
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Impressive series continuation
    February 6, 2018
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Ladies of Ivy Cottage #2.
    What a lovely story and town Julie Klassen has created in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage. This is the second in the series, Tales from Ivy Hill, and it reads very much like a well done BBC drama. It has been a year since I read the first in the series so I just needed to get reacquainted with the characters again, but once I was reestablished, the story came alive.

    This series is about a town called Ivy Hill. We have three main characters that the story does revolve around: Jane, Mercy, and Rachel who are good friends and have been since childhood. All of them have had their ups and downs and this story continues their lives. Jane is now officially out of mourning, Mercy's girl school is up and running and Rachel has opened a subscription and circulating library which was interesting to read and learn about. All three still are still unattached and seem to think that is the way for them. Not by choice, but by life and each of their current circumstances. The author really kept me on tenterhooks as I was reading. There was not just one gentleman, but a few that vied for the attentions of each one.

    We are introduced to other townspeople's and there are a couple of hidden secrets that come to light that changes the course of life for the characters. This is not a short book and the author takes her time to flesh out all the details. I was at times quite impatient and hoped to get at least a few of the story threads tied up nice and neat. I will say that things took an interesting and unexpected turn for one of the young ladies, a happily ever after for another one, and a hopeful one for another. I look forward to the next in the series to see how all these storylines will resolve. I highly recommend this whole series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
  3. Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Overall clean, but had comments we didn't like or think were needed.
    January 31, 2018
    Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Ladies of Ivy Cottage #2.
    About this book:

    Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for?

    Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.

    Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he?

    As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

    Series: Book #2 in the Tales from Ivy Hill series. Review of the first book Here!

    Spiritual Content- John 21:25 at the beginning; A few Scriptures are remembered; Prayers; Singing a hymn; Church going & a sermon; Talks about God; Hs are capital when referring to God; Rachel feels uncomfortable asking God or anyone for help *Spoiler* but near the end asks God to forgive her *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of God; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of a cathedral, churches, church going, a reverend/vicar, services, & sermons; Mentions of Heaven; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; A few mentions of Christians & faiths; A few mentions of a hymn; A mention of a godsend; A couple mentions of sins;

    *Note: Mentions of (what some people believe is) a witch; A couple mentions of a group of people raising altars to a type of food; A mention of something being devilishly hard to clean; A mention of a man being devilishly charming.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of dumb, an idiot, a thunder and turf!, and three dasheds; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); A bit of eye rolling; Mentions of deaths & unnatural deaths; Mentions of someone lost at sea; Mentions of injuries, pain, & blood/bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of thieves, thefts, & stolen items; Mentions of vandalism & vandals; Mentions of debts & gambling; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, & drunks; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of poaching, hunting, & shooting; A few mentions of prisons/jails; A few mentions of smoking, cigars, & pipes; A few mentions of jealousy; A few mentions of hanging meat & dead animals for food (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of mounted animal heads as dcor; A mention of using pigskin bladders for an invention.

    Sexual Content- two hand/wrist kisses, a cheek kiss, an almost kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, and two detailed kisses; Wanting to be kissed (twice, up to semi-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Warmth, & Hand Holding (up to semi-detailed); Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Noticing (x3); Noticing mens muscles (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a man and woman having a child together, but not being married (he says it was his fault); Mentions of a man being involved with a chambermaid & her being ill-used prior (she ends up pregnant; he says hes not solely to blame and that she came to him); Mentions of wondering if a woman is a mans paramour or if she was involved with another man; Mentions of a married man who kept a mistress & his adultery; Mentions of illegitimate children; Mentions of people thinking a woman is a prostitute (shes not); Mentions of a woman working as a maid at a brothel; Mentions of scandals, reputations, & opposite genders being left alone with chaperones; Mentions of staring & being smitten by a pretty face; Mentions of flirting; Mentions of blushes; Mentions of romance books; A few mentions of not being ready (or being ready) to share a bed with a man; A few mentions of kissing & gathering someone in your arms; A few mentions of wedding trips/honeymoons; A few mentions of touches & embraces; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A mention of a man having a hard time keeping his hands off of a woman; A mention of women ogling men; Love, falling in love, & the emotions (x2);

    *Note: Remembering a miscarriage & bleeding (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of miscarriages, stillbirths, the pain of losing children, & not being able to have children; A few mentions of a wife & baby dying in childbirth; A few mentions of a mother dying with childbed fever; A few mentions of wet nurses; A couple mentions of a girls dress flattering her figure; A mention of a dress revealing a girls thin bosom; A mention of lower necklines on popular dresses; A mention of a woman pulling coins out of her bodice; A mention of a woman keeping her valuables (coins, jewelry, etc.) in her bodice & being asked if her husband agrees; A mention of butting into a conversation.

    -Rachel Ashford

    -Jane Bell

    -Mercy Grove, age 30

    P.O.V. switches between them & Thora

    Set in 1820

    445 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars

    My personal Rating- Two Stars (and a half)

    Like I said in the final thoughts of the first book in this series, Julie Klassen has always been a book-by-book author for me; meaning I have to know the book cover or read the actual book to find out about the content.

    This one?

    Hmm.

    While overall clean, there were such comments I didnt like and thought that they didnt need to be added.

    My main problem, however, was keeping up with all the characters. Its been nearly a year since I first read the first book, and oh boy, theres a ton of characters to keep up with.

    At first, I wasnt a fan of Rachel or Jane, but I really liked Mercys parts. It was fun to see non-reader Rachel turn into a reader. I wasnt necessarily a fan of how Rachel had three males interested in her at times, but then the men would divert their attention to one of our other main ladies. Made those boys look like they were trying to figure out who they each liked best or were too friendly for the historical time period. And in all honest, I didnt really like any of them. At one point or another, they each took turns feeling like a cad (okay, really only two of the four/five had their cad moments) to me. There were quite a few parts that seemed inaccurate for the time period this novel was set in. Ill admit I was disappointed with all the birth secrets/illegitimate children plot lines. I can see one, but it seemed very common in this book with these characters and their families. I think it could have been something else and not an easy out like that.

    Theres just so many plots going on in this large novel that made this book feel daunting to read. Maybe it would have helped reading these books back-to-back, but really wasnt an enjoyable as I remembering the first book being.

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review.
  4. dianaFlow
    W Columbia, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Secrets and Romance!
    January 28, 2018
    dianaFlow
    W Columbia, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Ladies of Ivy Cottage #2.
    Once again, author Julie Klassen has written a captivating Regency with a delectable blend of Victoria Holt, Charlotte Bronte, and Jane Austen...filled with twists and turns and never a dull moment! With a mysterious Gothic aura about it, this novel immediately drew me in and simply kept me glued to the pages throughout. Although I didn't read the first book in this series, I had no trouble keeping up with the intriguing characters or storyline. And oh, the angst-filled romance. What exquisite torment. Sigh.... Not everything is resolved with all of the ladies of Ivy Cottage, paving the way for another book in this amazing series. One I simply cannot wait to read!

    I was given this book as a delightful gift and was not required to write a review at all. All opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Judi
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Would love to live in Ivy Hill.
    January 27, 2018
    Judi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Ladies of Ivy Cottage #2.
    This is the second book in the series and oh what a delight it was. I caught myself thinking I was there and that maybe I would run into Jane or Rachael. Such a wonderful Christian book.. so glad I read it... The characters are wonderful and full of past, present and hope for the future. They all have their own sets of hurt, pain and a hope of something better to come.

    This one was full of surprised that I truly was not excepting that kept you guessing.

    Along with a girls school, a circulating library, a cottage to run. There are many things

    in this quaint town to keep you interested.

    I have read every one of her delightful books, and have loved each one. She never

    disappoints me. She is my favorite author of all time.

    I truly hope you will find your way to Ivy Hill. You might never want to leave.

    This was a complimentary copy given by the author to read, but not required to give

    review. I am most happy to recommend this book to you.

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