Book Review: Ivy Lane


Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution.

But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales and planning seasonal parties.

As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her heart?


Someone that doesn’t know about gardening – be prepared to convert. Even in the slightest. Bramley makes it sound so fun and interesting. To sum it up, gardening is about hard work, reward for patience, accomplishment, peacefulness, and a sense of community. 

Bramley is creating a build up – slow that for some it can be difficult to see. However it is most noticeable when Tilly puts on a dress for the first time in almost two years and is awaiting to tell her best friend about her past (James) however of course there is a sudden delay. 

Cathy draws out all sorts of emotions, annoyance at Charlie at one point for how he behaved towards Tilly. Love towards some for friendship and love. Sadness for some characters. I really enjoy Bramley’s writing style. I cannot find a fault with it. 

I love how the folks at Ivy Lane got judgemental, even Tilly when some people arrive later on the seasons however, following some good advice Tilly learns to trust and not judge after hearing some peoples stories. Even bringing back characters we have not met, with their background story we are reminded to not judge so harshly on people. 

I really enjoyed this book throughout and my journey with Tilly throughout her development. I cannot find any faults with this book, 5 stars and to my favourites it is.

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