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This review is from: Ivy (Paperback)
Ivy is a delight to read. It has everything I look for in a good historical book - an interesting, diverse range of characters, an absorbing plot, huge amounts of historical detail, lots of interesting settings, realistic dialogue and it's also really well written!
Julie Hearn's writing style in concise (she says what she wants to say, and then moves onto something else) but the book never comes across as too brief, disjointed or lacking in detail. She manages to portray a huge variety of different ideas, cultures, personalities etc in a realtively short space.
The plot is also believable, and the novel has a real driving force behind it. I found it difficult to put down without reading 'just one more chapter'. Having said that, there is a short space in the middle of the book where the action flags a little, and all any one is really doing is sending lots of letters. But it soon picks up again, and carries from strength to strength until the end.
Also, the main character, Ivy, is a very different sort of heroine. She doesn't have any particular talent, she's not sassy and doesn't have particularly strong views on the world in general that she has to tell every one about. But she is likeable, insecure and kind, and I became very attacthced to her. And at the end, when she decides to take her destiny in her own hands, I wanted to cheer and jump up and down and throw a party. Yeah, I do get a bit over excited sometimes.
So if you like vivid historical books with drama, comedy and just about everything else, I would certainly recommend this book!