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, Fiction, Regency, 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Betty Strohecker
    This second book in Klassen's Regency series, Tales from Ivy Hill, was a most enjoyable read. Julie Klassen writes with exquisite detail in creating the fictional village of Ivy Hill and its inhabitants. In this story we learn more about the backstory of previously introduced characters, Jane Bell, Rachel Ashford, and Mercy Grove, giving the reader insight into their past disappointments, struggles, and hopes for the future. We also get to know m...
  • Lyssa
    I didn't think this book was as strong as the previous one. Right off the bat, several love interests are struck out, which I had thought was a strong point of the first book- that no characters were obvious choices- life doesn't usually work that way; while hindsight may make things seem obvious, in the moment... not so much. Some of the "twists" were not surprising, but rather the character seemed to be blind and/or exceptionally unobservant. R...
  • Amy
    The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is book two from Julie Klassen‘s Tales from Ivy Hill series. I enjoyed the story. However, it was hard to get into at first for me. Once I got about half of the way through, I did not want to put it down from then on. I give this book 3 1/2 stars and hope to read the third book of the series when it releases in the future and see what will happen next.I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100 percent ...
  • Heather
    In a word: disappointing. :(
  • Laura
    A single woman in 1820 is a woman who must work hard to determine how to support herself. In a world where a woman is not allowed to vote, make decisions, or often own their own home, if a woman is left widowed or fails to find a spouse, it is a short path into poverty and despair.The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is the second novel in the excellent Tales from Ivy Hill series by one of my favorite authors, Julie Klassen. Ivy Cottage is owned by the Grov...
  • Chloe (aka Crystal)
    Previously published on Purely by Faith Reviews.Note: EBOOK COPIES ON SALE THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 2018, discovered from here (check the bottom of the page).My Review:This was my first visit to Ivy Hill, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Since this was my first time reading a book in the series, book two might I add, I easily got into The Ladies of Ivy Cottage and barely got confused about anything in this book. It could be read as a stand-alone, as I pro...