Monday, 14 April 2014

Ivy Lane - Spring by Cathy Bramley

Title: Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1.
Author: Cathy Bramley.
Publisher: Transworld.
Genre: Chick Lit.
Release Date: April 3, 2014

Purchase: Amazon UK ; Amazon

What They Say:

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. 

What I Say:

I would like to thank TransworldBooks for authorising this on Netgalley in exchange for a a fair and honest review.

When I saw the cover to this book I loved it straight away, they say never judge a book by its cover but this cover is perfect.  I started reading this one morning before work (I had woken up early and couldn't go back to sleep), it grabbed me straight away and when it was time for work I wanted to carry on reading.

The book centres on Tilly who has moved house, got a new job and decided to get an allotment, we aren't told why she has decided to do all these things we just know she is heartbroken because of a bloke called 'James'.  Tilly is a lovely character and I found myself desperate to find out about her and her past.

Cathys writing flows easily and you find yourself loving the characters of Ivy Lane allotments, I know where I live we used to have loads of allotments, these have gone now to make room for houses so sad, as with Cathys allotments they created a community.

I loved how Tilly was welcomed by the community even though she thought she didn't want to be, how they all rallied round when she had a mishap.

I really am looking forward to Ivy Lane -Summer, I like how this has been broken down into smaller books that leave you dying to read more.

5 out of 5 stars

About The Author

After growing up in Birmingham, Cathy went to Nottingham Trent University at the ripe old age of eighteen and five days to study European Business. Upon graduating she spent the next few years in the corporate world of marketing working on high-powered projects such as testing the firing range of SuperSoaker waterguns, adding hair extensions to Girls’ World styling heads and perfecting the weeing action of Tiny Tears. After making it onto Timmy Mallet’s Christmas card list, she realised it was time to move on and so in 1995 set up her own agency, Apples & Pears Marketing.

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