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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008253358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008253356
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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PRAISE FOR CATHERINE FERGUSON

‘Witty and fun, this is the perfect holiday read’ MY WEEKLY

'I adored every page of this book and can't imagine a more perfect summer read. Gorgeously written, heart-warming and with characters so vividly realised that you just want to hang out with them on a Saturday night. She’s already a hugely popular author but this, mark my words, is the book that will make Catherine Ferguson go stratospheric.' Claudia Carroll

‘A romantic drama with added laughs’ HEAT magazine (FOUR STARS)

‘This was such a fantastic feel good read! I am still thinking about it now over 24 hours after reading it and still feel all fuzzy and warm!’
Goodreads Reviewer

‘Full of wit, warmth, lots of laugh out loud moments yet with a real gorgeous, valuable message at its centre, this book is crying out for loads of people to read it.’
Amazon Reviewer

‘Catherine Ferguson's writing is always a joy… It romps along at a great pace and she certainly knows how to make you laugh and cry – sometimes within just a few pages of each other. Highly recommended.’
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About the Author

Catherine Ferguson burst onto the writing scene at the age of nine, anonymously penning a weekly magazine for her five-year-old brother (mysteriously titled the ‘Willy’ comic).

Catherine’s continuing love of writing saw her spend her twenties writing for various teenage magazines including Jackie and Blue Jeans before getting serious and becoming a sub-editor on the Dundee Courier & Advertiser.

Catherine’s first novel Humbugs and Heartstrings is very loosely based on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. She lives with her son in Northumberland.

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What a lovely heart warming and sweet story The Secrets of Ivy Garden is, Set in a charming location of Appleton, in the Cotswolds, it tells the story of Holly who is determined to put her beloved grandmother's cottage up for sale, and then discovers Ivy's diary.

Within the diary it gives a secret and mystery that Holly is determined to solve, added to her new day to day existence of trying to renovate part of the cottage, and put Ivy's "secret" garden back into order.

While doing all of this, you need to bare in mind that Holly has a fear of the countryside, which does get explained, and I think she surprises herself by how many friends she makes in the village. From the Rushbrooke family - Prue, the mother who never goes into the village and wants to hire Holly as a gardener, Jack the older son, who is trying to be a rock for his family and Layla the teenager who seems misunderstood by her family but makes a firm friend in Holly.

Then there is Connie in the deli shop and the man who tries to teach Holly not only about meditation but also about a whole different way of life, all of which help enrich Holly's time in Appleton.

While Holly is in Appleton she learns a lot about herself and also proves what a lovely friendly person she really is. There are a couple of potential love interests, and I was kept guessing until the final pages as to whether the pairing I wanted, would ever be made!

I found The Secrets of Ivy Garden to be a very pleasant read, nice and easy to get into and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters . It was a story I finished with a smile and a whole host of good feelings.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Avon for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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I enjoyed this story, I liked Layla. I would have loved to have read more about the planting of Ivy's garden, actual plants etc but that maybe because I love gardening and I am interested in that area. On the whole a great story :-)
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this is my first foray into the world of Catherine Ferguson's books and this novel was sweet and an enjoyable read so I am glad that I picked it up! We get to meet Holly who seems to be a little overwhelmed with the world. She is still mourning he loss of her grandmother and doesn't really want to leave the life she has built for herself in Manchester but she is duty bound to return to the Cotswolds and finish what her grandmother started. I could totally sympathise with Holly, we all know what it is like to be forced out of our won little bubble.

There are a host of supporting characters who literally support Holly on her journey, she meets some interesting people in the little village that she lived in with her grandmother when she was younger. I loved the relationship she built up with Jack and his sister Layla. I loved seeing Layla develop, alongside Holly, as the book progressed. Holly also meets Connie who is a great ally to her and means more to her than Holly actually realises.

Of course there is the mystery that is alluded to in the title of this novel. Holly finds a diary that belonged to her grandmother and the mystery unravels from thee. I found that I wasn't as interested in this aspect of the storyline, not being as interested in mystery novels as other genres, but what I did enjoy about the storyline was the amount I learned about gardening the the restoration of houses. I saw one reviewer describe this book as a relaxing read and I really did find a sense of calm whilst joining Holly in the countryside and watching her grow and learn.
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Holly is a city girl living in Manchester so when her grandmother dies and she goes to the village of Appleton in the Cotswolds to clear out her house and put in on the market she is well out of her comfort zone, especially as she has always hated countryside and open spaces! Holly soon gets stuck in but then she discovers her grandmother's diary and is determined to get to the bottom of the secrets in it

While sorting out garden and house she starts to make friends in the village and gradually realises the benefits of living in the country rather than a city but are their any special friendships that might be enough to make her want to stay?

A lovely warm hearted book that leaves you with a smile on your face - great characters that you really feel that you know - definitely an easy reading beach read
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I always look forward to the release of a new Catherine Ferguson novel, and started reading this one right away. A great story and likeable characters meant that this book didn't disappoint! I was hooked from start to finish, so much so that I finished it in 2 days despite working full time. I'd say that this is the best she's written so far - excellent. Roll on the next one!
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I really loved this book it has got to be one of my favourites.

The characters are all lovable, so friendly and so easy to get to know.

Holly is the main character, she embarks on a journey to sort and tidy her grannys house and garden. Whilst doing this Holly comes across Ivys diary which reveals a lot of secrets Holly wasnt aware of.

The mystery of whats in the diary kept me gripped to the end, I couldn't wait to find out the truth.

This book is really light and easy to read.
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