“The Bride of Ivy Green” by Julie Klassen

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“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.”

This final installment in the “Tales from Ivy Hill” series was a perfect wrap-up! I have enjoyed this whole series immensely: the country village setting, all the quirky, annoying,  complicated, and sweet characters, and the storylines that started in the first book and threaded their way through to the last. It was basically like a BBC miniseries in book form; what could be better?

I almost wish I could pick a favorite character of the 3 main ones, Mercy, Rachel, or Jane, but I honestly can’t. I loved each of them in their own unique way, and I’ve just gotta say that shows great talent on the part of the author to create 3 (well, okay, a whole town full) of such well-rounded characters both in their strengths and their weaknesses.

The spiritual content wasn’t super strong, but it was consistent and steady throughout the 3 books, so I can appreciate that.

The final conclusion of all the stories, and the happily-ever- afters were eminently satisfying and were cause for a big happy sigh from me. 🙂 I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars!

*Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

 

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