The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2) by Julie Klassen

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)

New from the Top Author of Inspirational Regency RomanceReturn 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, Rac...

Details The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)

TitleThe Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Regency, Fiction, Christian

Reviews The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill, #2)

  • Beth
    I am loving the Tales from Ivy Hill! The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is another winning story, full of charm, whimsy, and characters that I grew to love. The plot is best described as steady, flavored with issues that aren't particularly heart-stopping, but still full of heart and emotion.Usually when a book switching between characters, I usually get impatient to leave one and get back to my favorite, but that wasn't the case here. Even though I proba...
  • Staci
    It was sheer delight to return to the village of Ivy Hill with its vast cast of characters and touch of mystery. In The Ladies of Ivy Cottage I especially enjoyed living through the life changing decisions several characters made. While not all the romances were resolved, those that did were swoon worthy and I was smiling ear to ear.Klassen is highly talented and I look forward to the next in the Tales from Ivy Hill Series. I suspect it will be a...
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    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 bargain...
  • Megan
    Julie Klassen is an "auto-buy" author for me. She is one of my favorite authors and I've read all of her books. Her newest book, "The Ladies of Ivy Cottage," lived up to the expectations I have of a Julie Klassen book! This book is the second book in the "Tales from Ivy Hill" series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the series in order, as there is a lot of backstory one would miss if they read out of order. Ms. Kla...
  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    Just lovely! It's not fast-paced or terribly exciting, but the women of Ivy Hill have a gentle strength that made this book a pleasure to read. I recommend reading the first book in the series, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, to more fully understand and appreciate the backgrounds of the various community members. The perspective switches often between Jane (the innkeeper), Rachel (the librarian), Mercy (the teacher), and Thora (Jane's mother-in-law)....
  • Jamie
    As with the first book of this series, I could not wait to dive into Julie Klassen’s latest and go back to Ivy Hill! As she always does, Klassen once again captured my attention fully, with each and every character.While the first book isn’t completely necessary to read this one, I admit, it makes it so much more enjoyable. It would be easy to think that a book with some many people, especially three women, could get lost or overwhelming, but...
  • Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
    A Continuing Saga of Strong and Self-Sufficient Women!Rating: 4.5 out of 5 starsTYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance, Historical FictionSETTING: 1820 Wiltshire, EnglandMAIN CHARACTERS:- Rachel Ashford: With her father passed away and his heir displacing her from her family home, Rachel contemplates a marriage of convenience or earning her livelihood.- Sir Timothy Brockwell: Childhood playmate of Rachel’s and Jane’s. Eight years ago he courted Rache...
  • Jill
    I loved this return visit to Ivy Hill. Julie Klassen has done a wonderful job bringing this world to life. The characters are very real. I feel their struggles and root for them the whole time I'm reading. I can't wait to see where this journey takes them in the next installment. I highly recommend this series to readers who enjoy quaint village settings and British period drama.I received this book for free for the purpose of review.
  • Tammie
    Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. 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 ...
  • Lynn Spencer
    Life continues in Ivy Hill in this 2nd novel of the Ivy Hill trilogy. I've read a number of trilogies that start and end well, but middle books sometimes have a tendency to drag a bit. Not so with this novel!This book definitely does not stand alone well as it continues many of the plot threads introduced in The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. However, while we still check in on Jane Bell and doing at her inn from time to time, the primary focus shifts ov...
  • Sophia
    An invitation to return to the world of Ivy Hill was a delightful prospect for me. I might encounter the three lovely childhood friends- Jane, Rachel, and Mercy- who must all make their way in the world independently or any of the other village characters. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is the second of the Tales from Ivy Hill series. It flows right out of the first book, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill so does not make a good place to start.The focus of th...
  • Amy
    About 3/4ths of the way through I realized this wasn't the book on my to-read shelf but its sequel. Which explains a lot. I'm adding an extra star because I feel I should have noticed that earlier and it would have cleared up a lot of my frustration with this book. (So many characters! No real introductions! Random characters brought in half way through!) Despite being thick, a fast read. Sets up for a third book in the series so I guess its main...
  • Samantha
    The continuing story of Ivy Hill. This ones main focus in on Rachel and Sir Timothy with other characters stories intertwined. Mystery and Romance make this story engaging and a delightful read. I look forward to reading the next book!
  • Rachel
    A lovely continuation of the stories from Ivy Hill. Enjoyed getting to know some secondary characters in book one a bit more in the new story. Left me on a bit of a cliff hanger so anxiously awaiting what happens next!
  • Joleen
    The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (book 2) by: Julie KlassenFormat: KindleGenre: Christian Fiction, romanceTimeframe: 1820Location: Ivy Hill, Wiltshire, EnglandCharacters: Jane Bell: Owner of The Bell, a coaching innRachel Ashford: Single friend of Jane’sSir Timothy Brockwell: Magistrate of Ivy Hill, in love with RachelMercy Grove: Teacher and founder of a girls’ schoolNicholas Ashford: Inherited Rachel’s family estateJustina Brockwell: Sir Timothy...
  • Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)
    It has been too long since I read The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill . I had forgotten several key points of the book. It took me a little while to get up to speed and continue on with the story. I highly recommend reading the first book before this one, or read them one right after the other.This book is not fast paced, just like the first. Julie Klassen is building the story, piece by piece. It moves just like life would. I like that the book is not a r...
  • Christin
    I just felt like this book was okay. I wanted to love it! Quaint English village - check. Historical fiction - check. Romances at every turn - check. But, alas, the writing felt clunky at times and Rachel’s storyline (the main focus) was not compelling to me. It just fell flat. I suppose it could be because the author usually does not write series. It felt like it had the depth of a novella but with the length of a novel. I asked for this for C...
  • Janell R.
    This was a much anticipated read for me! I had read the first book in the series last year and greatly enjoyed it. These couldn’t necessarily be called thrilling or adventurous, but they are utterly charming and there is certainly some subtle intrigue in the storyline.I love each of the young ladies whose stories are featured in these books. The character development is just great as well as all the supporting characters as well.The spiritual c...
  • Cara Putman
    It was enjoyable to return to Ivy Hill and watch the development of the characters through this book. These books are a quiet, gentle ride through Jane Austen's time period in England. Much is happening, but with the help of friends and faith, the characters overcome. This series reminds me of Jan Karon's Mitford series, only in early 1800s England.
  • Jennifer
    I absolutely loved this! ❤ I can not explain the total pleasure I feel reading a story by Julie Klassen. I love everything about Ivy Hill and all the wonderful characters. It was so sweet and I can’t wait for book three! 😍 I absolutely loved this! ❤️ I can not explain the total pleasure I feel reading a story by Julie Klassen. I love everything about Ivy Hill and all the wonderful characters. It was so sweet and I can’t wait for bo...
  • Deon
    This series should be read in order
  • Paula Vince
    There's nothing nicer than a well-written village chronicle, and I loved The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, which started this series off. I was so keen for the chance to grab hold of this next installment, and it didn't disappoint. Julie Klassen has a way of building up our curiosity to fathom several village mysteries. It's good to catch up with many characters we came to love in the first book. Some parts of their stories were neatly tied up, but othe...
  • Kav
    Reading this series is like watching a British period drama -- very like Larkrise to Candleford and Crandford -- where we enjoy a real slice of village life and all the drama and romance that goes along with that. It's divinely captivating and utterly addictive.Probably best appreciated if you've read the first book -- The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill -- as there are a lot of characters and relationships to sort out. If you haven't read Innkeeper, be pr...
  • Amy
    Considering the sheer size of this book, and I've managed to read it in a few days, says all you need to know about how I feel about it! Not since 'The Maid of Fairbourne Hall', which was one of the first books of Julie's I read, have I enjoyed something this much from this author. In fact I've been hoping for years that she would release a book that would wow me this much. I was not much of a fan of the first book, struggling to connect with Tho...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    3.5 stars When I think of Regency romance, I think Julie Klassen and Sarah E. Ladd. Both authors capture the essence of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters when they compose a novel. I was introduced to Klassen's writing with The Secret of Pembroke Hall, which I enjoyed. I loved the mystery surrounding the house. As for her newest addition to her first series, The Ladies of Ivy Hall, the story lagged in the beginning, but then picked up pace as th...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    When I read Julie Klassen's very first book, I knew I wanted to follow her. Her books are not a fluffy, afternoon read. No, they are rich, full and deep. When I begin one of her books, I'm delighted to simply settle in and enjoy. She takes you so completely into her characters' lives, it's hard to get away!This book is the second in Klassen's 'Tales From Ivy Hill' series. Miss Rachel Ashford is a gentlewoman who finds herself in circumstances tha...
  • Heather
    In a word: disappointing. :(
  • Kristine Morgan
    I really enjoyed this visit to the Village of Ivy Hill. It was great to hear what has been going on with the people I met in The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill. This episode focuses on the Ladies of Ivy Cottage. Mercy Grove and her maiden aunt Matilda run a girls school and when Rachel Ashford's cousin inherits her family home she moves into Ivy Cottage. I loved how real the ladies stories were. Most of their problems are similar to what we experience tod...
  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    I am so happy to be back in Ivy Hill! It's such a quaint little town. I love how this book was LITERALLY a continuation of book 1. I was able to go from book 1 to book 2 (since I waited to start the series). However, now I have to wait for book 3 to come out. The suspense it killing me!Julie has this tendency to take your heart, make it ooh and ahh, then promptly rip it from your chest. She crafts each and every one of her characters beautifully....
  • Rachel
    I was extremely anticipating this sequel to the first ivy inn book...these books are written a year apart! But it was worth the wait, as I thoroughly enjoyed it.This book focuses on two of the spinster young women in the town, Rachel and Mercy, who live with Mercy's aging aunt at the cottage girl's school Mercy runs. But since Rachel has moved in, she's felt listless an in need of means to support herself. So she determines to open a lending libr...