I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage was written by Julie Klassen and published by Bethany House.
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage follows the whole population of a small town in the United States but three ladies in particular: Mercy, Jane, and Rachel.
Mercy lives in Ivy Cottage with her aunt. As she is unmarried she needs a way to support herself so she opens up a girls school in her house. One day her parents show up at her door with a prospective suitor. She tells Mercy that either she must marry this man or she and Mercy’s father would offer Ivy Cottage to Mercy’s brother and his soon-to-be wife. Mercy does not love this man but she does not want to lose her girls school.
Jane is a widow with a secret that she has confided in absolutely no one. She has miscarried seven children. This fact weighs heavily on her during he story and she needs someone to confide in.
Rachel is the youngest of these three women. She used to be high in society but a scandal with her father caused her to lose her home and all her money. Mercy employs her in her girls school and allows her to open a lending library in Ivy Cottage’s drawing room. The son of the new inhabitants of Rachel’s old house takes a liking to Rachel and asks her to marry him. But she loves another.
I liked this book but it was entirely too long considering the amount of story that actually moved the plot along it contained. I would recommend it to people who are looking for a relatively light book to read who have a lot of time on their hands.