Book review: Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1 by Cathy Bramley
*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Cathy’s debut ‘Conditional Love’ became a HUGE hit after being released in October last year and it was just a matter of time before she snatched a deal with a great publisher. Needless to say, I was over the moon to hear she got a deal with Transworld and she’s about to publish her new novel in 4 parts. Tricky you may say, well I thought so too. But, you’re NOT to doubt Cathy’s writing skills, so publishing her novel in 4 parts (each for every season) proved to be very wise.
‘Ivy Lane: Spring’ is the first part and it’s absolutely charming. It’s the right length for a novella, so even those who have trouble reading long books can devour in less than an hour. It’s also the perfect opportunity for those who’re not familiar with Cathy’s writing, to check her out and get addicted to her (just like many of us already is).
‘Ivy Lane’ tells the story of Tilly Parker who settles in Ivy Lane discovering the beauty of not only her new allotment but of life once again. She’s been through quite a rough period (though Cathy shares very few details of Tilly’s past) and is all set to start anew. I must admit, I can’t wait to read the other parts in this novel because I so want to know what are the reasons Tilly decided to move and make such a drastic change in her life. So, a warning to those that will read this one – do not get frustrated if you don’t know all the answers to Tilly’s story, I’m sure they will be revealed ‘when the time is right’, maybe even in the next part.
I really enjoyed Ivy Lane, it’s short yet charming because I really could see Tilly transforming in front of my eyes. I’ve never been one for drastic changes, like moving after a heartbreak etc, but I get the whole idea of starting afresh. Tilly is a lovable character you’ll connect to from the first page, and even if you don’t like gardening and know zilch about potatoes/tomatoes/carrots/flowers etc, you’re going to enjoy this book. Because it’s not about gardening, it’s about new beginnings, making new friends, believing in life once again though you were burned before.
As you see, I’m really excited about ‘Ivy Lane:Summer’ and can’t wait to see what Cathy and Tilly have in store for us. I assume there will be some twists or huge revelations, which I AM anticipating. Short, sweet read perfect for these spring days.
My rating: 5/5