By Kelly Bridgewater
Brockwell, the younger son of Ivy Hill's most prominent family, hasn't been
home for Christmas in years. He prefers to live in the London townhouse, far
away from Brockwell Court, the old family secret that haunts him, and the
shadows of his past mistakes. But then his mother threatens to stop funding his
carefree life--unless he comes home for Christmas. Out of options, he sets out
for Ivy Hill, planning to be back on a coach bound for London and his
unencumbered bachelor life as soon as the festivities are over.
But Christmas in the country presents unforeseen surprises, including encounters with an orphaned apprentice, the first love he disappointed years ago, and Arabella Awdry, a young lady who is far more appealing than he recalled . . . and determined to have nothing to do with him.
Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with its village charm, kissing boughs, joyous songs, and divine hope, work its magic in his heart . . . and hers as well?
An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen has an adorable Christmas cover. I love the idea of the snow on the ground and all the garland wrapped around everything. Don't forget the well-dressed gentlemen in the forefront of the cover. What an inviting and delightful sight for the season! Even though it is September and 90 degrees outside, this novel definitely put me in the Christmas spirit. I loved how Klassen allowed the hero to change and become a better person as the story moved along. I loved seeing the traditions from long ago. I liked the idea of actually going to church and then changing gifts on boxing day. I never knew that the decorations had to be removed by the first of the year or bad luck could happen. Our family usually takes down all our Christmas decorations on the first day of the new year anyways, but it was nice to see something different. The romance between the hero and heroine was nice and slow. Just the way I like it. The plot didn't drag at all. It was a nice little detail of a story that captured my attention. If you had read the previous stories in this Ivy Hill series, then you will find some familiar faces, which I enjoyed. I might return to this story when the weather becomes colder. Definitely a story for my keeper shelf. I highly recommend this story for fans of Christmas novels and Regency stories.
I received a complimentary copy of An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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