Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Ivy Lane Part 3 - Cathy Bramley

About the book...
Trust blooms at Ivy Lane . . .

Life at Ivy Lane allotments is as hectic as always. With crops to harvest and weeds to tackle, Tilly is busier than ever, but she can never resist chatting with Alf, an elderly widower with top-notch turnips and many a story to tell.

When the announcement of a young offenders project sends waves of suspicion through the allotment, Alf and Tilly must persuade Ivy Lane to trust the newly arrived teenagers . . . but what secrets is Tilly keeping to herself?

With best friend Gemma to support her, Tilly must face up to her difficult memories and finally reveal what happened to change her life for ever. But can she open her heart to love at the Hallowe'en party?

Ivy Lane is a serialised novel told in four parts.

About the author...

After four years of flinging herself round the dance floors of Nottingham's nightspots, British author Cathy Bramley somehow managed to get an honours degree in business.
She then plunged herself into the corporate world of marketing, working on high-powered projects such as testing the firing range of SuperSoaker water guns and perfecting the weeing action of Tiny Tears until deciding in 1995 to set up her own marketing agency.

She now lives in an idyllic Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two daughters and a dog called Pearl.

You can get in touch with Cathy via her website www.CathyBramleyAuthor.com or her Facebook page Facebook.com/CathyBramleyAuthor
My thoughts...
Cathy certainly knows how to reel in an audience.  Ivy Lane is set in and around an allotment and is told in four parts just like the seasons - spring  summer, autumn & winter   Each part gives you not quite enough or just the right amount depending on how you look at it.  I'm impatient so feel frustrated when each of the books end - I was left just desperate for the next instalment and trying to second guess what would happen next.

Part 3 was just like visiting old friends - Cathy has developed characters that are highly imaginable and feel to me like real people.  Tilly Parker the main character in Ivy Lane has developed and blossomed as I've read each of the books. It is so very apt of Cathy to centre the story around an allotment when things grow with love and care.  Just like Tilly with all the love and support of her new friends on the allotments.  Tilly has very much kept her cards close to her chest as to how and why she has ended up in Ivy Lane but this book sees Tilly's story un-ravel but not before we see her character flounder a little.

The TV company comes back to show a preview of the series they filmed, a young offenders project begins on the allotments and let me just say  that Tilly's confidence takes a bashing, jealousies arise, advice is given and new beginnings are forged.

Confidences are shared and Tilly reveals her past - it's clearly a huge relief to her to finally share her secrets and release the weight that she has been carrying around with her.  This was a slightly more serious part with many differing emotions on display.  There were still plenty of moments that had me laughing, smiling and groaning out loud though, imagining the antics going on, in and around the allotments   Even when displaying her serious side Tilly still manages to make me smile - there is a vulnerability and dippy side that just makes me want to hug her and say bless! Cathy has once again managed to wrap a bit of magic around me with Ivy Lane part 3 - leaving me yet again dangling with the ending!!

I'm left in two minds.  I am desperate to read the final part 3, winter  yet sad because I don't want it to end.  This has been a truly beautiful book that tackles very serious subjects in a sensitive way, along with a much needed dollop of humour and good fun to brighten up the grey evenings.

I urge you all to go out and buy Ivy Lane, parts 1, 2 & 3 and pre-order part 4 now!!

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