Bethany House ISBN 9780764218170
Adult Rating: 4
Award-winning author Julie Klassen concludes her Regency series set in the English village of Ivy Hill.
In The Bride of Ivy Green, the ladies of Ivy Hill face changing circumstances in their lives. Mercy Grove resigns herself to a spinster’s life after her school closes. Jane Bell must decide whether to give up her inn to marry Gabriel Locke. Miss Brockwell is being pressured by her mother to marry a certain nobleman in an arranged marriage. But what happens when circumstances change, bringing about the possibility of cherished dreams being fulfilled?
Klassen has written a fitting conclusion to her series; each book continues the story of the friends and village life. She presents endearing characters in her inspirational Regency novels. While The Bride of Ivy Green could be read as a standalone, it is recommended that one reads all three books in order. The faith elements are light-handed, as the characters face their new challenges in their lives and learn to trust God in all situations. Readers will appreciate the nod to Jane Austen, as well as the depth of the historical details, as they return to Ivy Hill, where “friendship endures, romance triumphs, and mysteries are revealed (back cover).”
Recommended for public and high school libraries. Her novels appeal to adults and high school readers alike. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah E. Ladd, Carrie Turansky, and other historical fiction writers will be delighted to read this series.
Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ