All month, we’ve been reading Ivy Lane by Cathy Bramley – our February Novelicious Book Club pick – and, if the thoughts shared by the team below are anything to go by, we’ve been absolutely loving it. Did you read along? What did you think?
Ahead of the #NoveliciousBookClub chat at 8pm GMT on Twitter and Facebook tonight (join us – there will be biscuits, flash competitions and we’ll be revealing the winner of this very popular garden-themed giveaway), we thought we’d share our initial reactions to the novel. We can’t wait to see whether you agree!
Ivy Lane drew me in from the very first page. I loved Tilly, and I wanted to know why she’d had to start again. I could easily picture the Ivy Lane allotments with their variety of plots and people, all welcoming Tilly in their own, often eccentric, ways. It is funny, heartwarming and romantic, and a book I can see myself going back to again and again.
What a bunch of colourful characters. I have no interest in gardening in real life, but found Ivy Lane to be an inviting and charming place. So much so, I am almost tempted to join my local allotment (almost). My favourite character was Roy as he was so lovely and considerate, which you wouldn't expect from the local drunkard!