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Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1 (2014)

by Cathy Bramley(Favorite Author)
4.41 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: 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 fin... mored 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.
review 2: Thank you to NetGalley and Harriet at Transworld for approving me for a copy of this great little story!This is the second of Cathy’s books that I’ve read and it follows main character Tilly story as she embarks on a new adventure in life, as an allotment owner!I really loved this straight from the start. It’s one of those stories where you can just immediately plant (pardon the pun) yourself into it and I think Cathy’s writing just facilitates that so well because it’s realistic and easy to relate to.The story focuses on main character Tilly, who has obviously had her fair share of hardship, and although it’s alluded to it’s never actually spoken about so there is a hint of mystery throughout. You can tell that it has been hard for her, especially as the allotment is her decision to start living again.The decision to take on the allotment, when she knows practically nothing about gardening might seem a bit whacky and a big task. But really, I love that you can just fall into step alongside Tilly and imagine yourself having your own allotment. There is a whole cast of characters in the Ivy Lane allotments and there is a real sense of community created which feels as if it’s just what Tilly needs, even if she can’t see it yet.Just like the promise of spring itself this instalment of the story is a great start to what looks to be a promising series. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the summer, which is part two. Erin x less
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Really enjoyed this short dyi about allotment life - looking forward to the next instalment.
brilliant short story can't wait for next part
great short story
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