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on 12 May 2014
I was due to post this review a long, long time ago and I truly apologise for this delay.
I have heard about Ivy Lane on Twitter and then spotted it on NetGalley, where I was declined! Oh, my pride. So I swallowed hard and went and bought this short story on Amazon. And oh my, I am so happy that I did it!
Although at the beginning I was a little sceptical. I have tried once a book written in parts and I am sorry to say but I haven’t read it to the end. After 3 parts I have decided this book is not for me and perhaps the next parts in the instalment were better, but I hadn’t had a chance to see this for myself, as the parts that I read didn’t work for me, and waiting for the next instalment was depressing. But with Ivy Lane, oh, don’t you worry about anything, this book left me yearning for more and I can’t wait for the second part.
We meet Tilly when she’s starting everything afresh: new house, new place, new job. There is a reason for this but – of course, OF COURSE! – it’s not revealed in this part. She also takes on her own plot at Ivy Lane allotments and everything what she needs is her part of the lawn and peace. But the community of Ivy Lane has other ideas, they want to get to know Tilly and they want to help her very much with the gardening. So Tilly finds herself in the whirlwind of events, among many new friends and – surprise, surprise – discovering that greenery can be exciting!
This was the one of the funniest stories I have ever read. Period. Written in the most engaging, smooth, flowing way I have ever read. Period. I personally have really null idea about gardening, just like Tilly, so I could totally relate to her embarrassments and her trying to get the whole instalment in her clutch.
I have loved this story straight from the start. Cathy’s writing skills are exceptional and she can create a world that you want to be a part of and when you finish reading, you miss this world. All the characters, with Tilly on the top of the agenda, were brilliantly portrayed, they were funny, witty, with sharp tongues and dry sense of humour, all just popping out of the pages and feeling so real. There were some best scenes and some best lines in this book that I have ever read and I found myself snorting with laughter. This book left me feeling warm and very optimistic and I loved every word of this short story. Tilly was warm and so easy to like, although you could say that she’s hiding something. I can’t wait for her secrets to be revealed, but I’m sure it’s not going to happen very fast, but I am also sure that in the meantime we are in for a treat!
I literally can’t wait to read the next parts of this novel and to discover why did Tilly move to this village, what were the reasons for the whole big change on her life. Oh yes, I was guessing through some of the clues that Cathy gave us but I still have no idea. I am sure this what we got is just a teaser and we are in for a real treat with the next parts, where for sure some revelations and secrets will be revealed. So hurry up July with the second part of Ivy Lane!