Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley – Review

Published by Corgi

Publication date 12 February 2015

Source – review copy


“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.”

4 of 5 stars

Tilly Parker is trying to move on from her past and hopes that a move to a new town and starting a new job will help with that. She also decides to take a plot on the Ivy Lane allotments. Hoping to have peace and quiet she soon finds that the Ivy Lane gang’s friendliness and well meant intrusions bring unexpected pleasure to her life. And when Ivy Lane is to feature in a TV documentary and Tilly finds herself having to work with producer Aiden Whitby, something more could be found on the allotments that the peace Tilly envisaged.

This is a lovely, feel-good book to curl up with, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the story of Tilly and her new friends. There are a whole host of lovely characters, each one bringing a little colour to the book and making the sense of community real and vibrant.

Tilly and Gemma are great characters. Tilly has issues in her past, which come to explain some of her reticence. She is a decent, kind woman, who, once she has made friends with the Ivy Lane community, is determined to help them whenever she can. Gemma is a flighty, funny mix, somewhat the opposite of Tilly’s quiet calm but this makes the dynamic between them all the better.  Charlie, the first friend Tilly makes, is a strange character. I was never quite sure of him throughout the book, flitting between liking him and finding him a little strange. Charlie does return in another of Cathy’s novel’s, Appleby Farm, so I will have to read that to make up my mind!

I don’t want to go into the story too much as that would spoil it. The book has happy parts, moving scenes, funny moments and times when Tilly shows the rest of the community that working together and not judging people as they first appear is the best way to be

This is the first of Cathy’s novels that I have read but I have Appleby Farm and Conditional Love waiting to be read. They won’t be waiting for much longer hopefully.

A lovely, entertaining read.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve been meaning to read Cathy Bramley for ages and I think you’ve just persuaded me to get going.


    1. janetemson says:

      I’ve had her books sat waiting to be read for a long time. I’m hoping it won’t be long before I can read the other two I have. I hope you enjoy whichever one you read 🙂

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