The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

series: Tales from Ivy Hill

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Return to Ivy Hill as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold . . .

A gentlewoman in reduced circumstances, Miss Rachel Ashford lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. With her meager funds rapidly depleting, she is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. Her friend Jane Bell and the other village women encourage her to open a circulating library with the many books she's inherited from her father. As villagers donate additional books and Rachel begins sorting through the volumes, she discovers mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but both find more than they bargained for.

Rachel's hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and finds fulfillment in managing her girls school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or whom--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all.

Praise for Tales From Ivy Hill

"Readers will rejoice that this is only the beginning of her new Tales From Ivy Hill series."--Publishers Weekly

"Klassen launches a heartwarming new series set in the Regency era that delivers everything fans of gentle historical-romance novels could ever want . . ."--Booklist

The Author

  1. Julie Klassen

    Julie Klassen

    Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold over 1.5 million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the...

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"The second book in the Tales from Ivy Hill series begins the moment the first book ends. Fans are reunited with beloved characters who are sweet, kind and caring. . . . Klassen does a great amount of research for her books and gives a realistic glimpse of life in the early 1800s in England."

RT Book Reviews

"Klassen's sweet and gentle second Tales from Ivy Hill novel returns readers to the bucolic Regency-era small English town. The story follows several women as they become accustomed to their changing circumstances: Rachel, a gentlewoman who has fallen on difficult times; Mercy, the headmistress of the girls' school at Ivy Cottage dealing with a new group of unruly students; and Jane, a recently widowed woman working hard to keep her inn afloat. Each woman faces her new challenges with grace and faith."

Publishers Weekly

"Memorable characters with believable struggles that learn to trust God fill the pages of this sweet book."

Christian Market

"Klassen is known for her excellent character development in her inspirational Regency novels, which are filled with love and redemption, and family relationships. The faith elements are light-handed. Readers will appreciate the nod to Jane Austen, as well as the depth of the historical details."

Christian Library Journal