The Ladies of Ivy Cottage, by Julie Klassen, is the second book in the Tales From Ivy Hill series. It is set in 1820 in Ivy Hill, Wiltshire, England. Two single women who live in Ivy Cottage find themselves needing to make difficult decisions regarding their futures.
Miss Rachel Ashford currently lives as a guest in Ivy Cottage. Her friends encourage her to open a circulating library with the only thing of value she possesses, her father’s books. As townspeople donate books to help, she finds things among them that greatly affect some of her friends. Sir Timothy, the man she has loved for many years, is one of them. She must decide what to do with the information. Meanwhile, Mercy Grove enjoys teaching her girls’ school and has given up ever marrying. When her parents issue an ultimatum, she must make a difficult decision. Should she marry a man she does not love and hope he will allow her to keep the school, or should she give up the school and live as a spinster?
I enjoyed this book. As usual, Julie Klassen wove a tale that became more intriguing with each page. I loved Rachel’s desire to contribute to the household and her refusal to take advantage of her friends. I especially liked Matilda Grove, with her spunky attitude and love for her family and friends.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.
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