It is always a bittersweet moment when I reach the final words of a delightful and much-loved series, and Julie Klassen’s memorable “Tales from Ivy Hill” is definitely no exception. “The Bride of Ivy Green” is the final installment of the trilogy published by Bethany House, and allows readers one last visit to the beloved little town of Ivy Hill and all its inhabitants. If you have already enjoyed “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill” and “The Ladies of Ivy Cottage”, you will be delighted with this satisfying, and oftentimes surprising, final installment.
“The Bride of Ivy Green” picks up where the last story left off, with the central characters being Mercy and Jane, but a few newcomers stepping into integral roles as well. The characters each have their own stories of conflict and delight, yet they all interweave into an intricate tapestry of village life. This story, just like the previous ones, continues to be sweet and cozy, with inspiring themes of friendship, love, faith and forgiveness all immersed in Julie Klassen’s masterful writing style and the charming setting of Regency England. One minor flaw was that I found a few conversations to be borderline inappropriate for the genre, but this was a very minor issue and overall the novel was clean and inspiring.
One of the most delightful aspects of “Tales from Ivy Hill” is that, in my opinion, readers of all ages can enjoy it. In our family, both my mom and I love discussing the latest goings-on of the little English village and will miss our fun conversations now that the series has wrapped up. If you enjoy gentle Historical Fiction, specifically that of Regency England, you will most certainly adore this charming series. It should definitely be read in sequence to be most enjoyed; and also to allow the conclusion of “The Bride of Ivy Green” to be as meaningful and sweet as it was intended.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”