Author: Julie Klassen
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Tales from Ivy Hill #3
Much has happened in idyllic Ivy Hill in recent months, and while several villagers have found new love and purpose, questions remain--and a few dearly held dreams have yet to be fulfilled.
Jane Bell is torn. Gabriel Locke is back and has made his intentions clear. But Jane is reluctant to give up her inn and destine another man to a childless marriage. Then someone she never expected to see again returns to Ivy Hill. . . .
Mercy Grove has lost her school and is resigned to life as a spinster, especially as the man she admires seems out of reach. Should she uproot herself from Ivy Cottage to become a governess for a former pupil? Her decision will change more lives than her own.
A secretive new dressmaker arrives in the village, but the ladies soon suspect she isn't who she claims to be. Will they oust the imposter, or help rescue her from a dangerous predicament?
In the meantime, everyone expects Miss Brockwell to marry a titled gentleman, even though her heart is drawn to another. While the people of Ivy Hill anticipate one wedding, an unexpected bride may surprise them all.
Don't miss this romantic, stirring conclusion to Tales from Ivy Hill.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
When I agreed to review The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen, I assumed there would be adequate back story in this third book of the series. I was wrong. And I feel horrible giving a review at all because I am sure that this was, for many readers, a stirring ending to a lovely series. But when I requested the book, I was unaware it would completely jump from book two to book three without any character development or back story. I felt like I'd just walked into a movie that was almost done and had to figure out what was going on.
I did not begin to piece everything together until I was halfway through the book and this was because characters were still being introduced that were foreign to me. Just when I thought I'd got it figured out, another character would appear and I would have to search the book for backstory only to find it was the first appearance. Suffice it to say this constant questioning of who was who and where they belonged in the scheme of things, soured my appreciation of this book.
What I can say is that it had a lovely ending and it had a strong faith message. If you have been reading the series from the beginning I am positive you will like the book and the ending. If you have not read the series from the beginning, please don't start with the third one.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers through Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.