Ivy Lane (Part One: Spring) by Cathy Bramley
Series: Ivy Lane series, Book #1
Pages: 87 pp.
Genre: Chick Lit
Published: Apr. 2014, Transworld Digital
Friendship blossoms at Ivy Lane…
Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she settles in to a new town seeking peace and solitude, taking on her own plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the vibrant, friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and endeavour to entice Tilly into seedling swaps and Easter egg hunts. Can Tilly let new friends into her life, or will she stay a wallflower for good?
Ivy Lane is a serialized novel told in four parts – taking you from spring to summer, autumn to winter – which tell a charming, light-hearted and moving story you won’t want to put down. [GOODREADS]
It’s been a while since I’ve read a chick-lit book but I’m happy to say that Ivy Lane was a charming short story. Tilly is an endearing heroine looking for a fresh start — something I fantasize about sometimes — and her openness to try new things and optimistic can-do attitude really makes her likable. She’s someone I can picture myself having tea and biscuits with while discussing the best plants for novice green thumbs.
The supporting cast of characters are what makes Ivy Lane feel like a quaint, friendly place worth visiting. Instead of just casually mentioning a neighbor here or there, everyone has their own distinct personality. And the fact that they are so willing to share the fruits of their labor (pun intended!) with Tilly gave me a serious case of the warm ‘n fuzzies! I also really enjoyed the imagery in this story — from the gardening terms to the English countryside descriptions, I found myself longing for a cup of tea and a biscuit while wishing Ivy Lane was a real place I could retreat to for holiday!
Lastly, can we talk about how adorable to book cover is? To be honest, it’s the main reason I chose this book in the first place. I think it perfectly depicts the genre and tone of the story. It was also the inspiration behind the photo collage below, which I think captures the essence of Ivy Lane.