Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1 by Cathy Bramley

New Year's resolution number one: We are moving on.  

Title - Ivy Lane - Spring
Author - Cathy Bramley
Publication Date - April 3rd 2014
Publisher - Transworld 
Format - Kindle Edition 
Pages - 87

The blurb

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. 

Becca's thoughts

Ivy Lane (Spring) was a gorgeous first instalment in Cathy Bramley's Ivy Lane series. I absolutely loved it. It was a lovely, homely beginning to a series that seems promisingly beautiful! 

Tilly Parker is Cathy's main female character in Ivy Lane. I have to say, I was incredibly intrigued with Tilly and remained so right until the first part of her story came to an end. Not only does she constantly speak of making a fresh start but she seems to be hiding a secret, something that she is determined to keep hidden from her newly acquainted friends. Ivy Lane -Spring begins with Tilly Parker moving twenty miles away from her old home to Kingsfield, "a small market town on the edge of Derbyshire." She has found herself a new job at the local school and is hell-bent on keeping herself to herself and carrying on the rest of her life in solitude and peace. She decides to find herself a hobby and is delighted when she comes across Ivy Lane allotments; it seems like a quiet place where she can keep herself busy and not have to talk to another soul. Unfortunately for Tilly, the occupants of Ivy Lane allotments have different ideas. 

Ivy Lane (Spring) is bound to put a smile on your face. Not only do you want to know Tilly Parker's big secret, but you want to see her make some friends and be brought back to life. Sometimes it's a good idea to spend some time alone, but in Tilly's case, it seems like having a few good friends around her is just what she needs. There is a real sense of community spirit, of love and friendship, and of finding yourself. It was a delightful little read and I am dying to get started on Cathy's second instalment in the series, Ivy Lane: Summer: Part 2.  

Becca's Books is rating Cathy Bramley's Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1 with a fabulous rating of five beautiful stars. Not only is the story warm, sweet and very cheery, but the cover is TO DIE FOR! Cathy has definitely hooked me in with this one. Bring on Ivy Lane #2! 

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