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.
My opinion: I requested this book from Netgalley based on its beautiful cover. I know, how shallow?! But it paid off, so it only goes to show that sometimes it’s ok to judge a book by its cover!
Tilly has made a new start. New home, new job and new hobby. She decides to take on an allotment at Ivy Lane as a way to help her pass the time and busy her mind. What she wasn’t expecting was to make new friends at the allotments and become part of a tight knit community. She’s not sure whether this is what she wants and something that has happened in her past makes her extremely wary of absolutely everyone around her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t find the solace she was expecting at the allotment…
I was a little wary of the story when I first started as I wasn’t sure whether Tilly was going to be a bit of a wet character who liked to wallow in her misery and feel sorry for herself. My fears didn’t last long though and I soon got to know Tilly. We don’t find out in this book what the mysterious thing is that has happened in her past to make her the person she is now, but I liked that. We know that this story is going to be in four parts and I like the fact that I am getting to know Tilly first without knowing her big secret.
There are some fantastic, colourful characters at the allotments and they really bring the story alive. All of the characters are well rounded and lifelike and I can’t think of a single one that I hated. This was a very quick read and quite a feel good story. Definitely good for when you need a pick me up and brilliant writing. I’ve already pre-ordered the next installment and am looking forward to reading more about everyone at the allotments! It has even inspired me to sort my own garden out…
My rating: A fab five stars!
I received an advance copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review