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Spring (Ivy Lane #1)

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Friendship blossoms at 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 settles in to a new town seeking peace and solitude, taking on her own plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the vibrant, friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and endea
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Kindle Edition, 90 pages
Published April 3rd 2014 by Transworld
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Dawn
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had a copy of this short story from Cathy's editor at Transworld and couldn't wait to read it. I was drawn by the blurb and the cover was/is just stunning - it really does depict happy, spring days outside in the garden.

I devoured this on a car journey and was left chomping at the bit - I'm wishing the year away now - roll on July for part two!!

The story revolves around Tilly Parker who has moved to the area looking for a fresh start - from what, we're not told but it does involve a man called
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Agi
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, favourite
I was due to post this review a long, long time ago and I truly apologise for this delay.
I have heard about Ivy Lane on Twitter and then spotted it on NetGalley, where I was declined! Oh, my pride. So I swallowed hard and went and bought this short story on Amazon. And oh my, I am so happy that I did it!
Although at the beginning I was a little sceptical. I have tried once a book written in parts and I am sorry to say but I haven't read it to the end. After 3 parts I have decided this book is no
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Fabulous Book Fiend
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review: what a lovely little tale this was! I love the idea of a serialised novel, a bit like The Arcade by Kitty Charles but longer. This first instalment in the serial definitely has the desired effect of making the reader want more! You're brought right into the action with main character Tilly getting up on New Year's Day and going to pursue her new project-her allotment. We find out that Tilly has been through some things recently, and we know they might involve a previous partner, but we a ...more
Rebecca
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Ivy Lane (Spring) was a gorgeous first instalment in Cathy Bramley's Ivy Lane series. I absolutely loved it. It was a lovely, homely beginning to a series that seems promisingly beautiful!

Tilly Parker is Cathy's main female character in Ivy Lane. I have to say, I was incredibly intrigued with Tilly and remained so right until the first part of her story came to an end. Not only does she constantly speak of making a fresh start but she see
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Marina
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Original review is posted on Chick Library Cat

When I looked at the cover, I immediately fell in love with it. it looked so fresh, so colorful, so cheerful, perfect for the spring time. Cathy Bramley is one of my favorite writers and I am always so excited to have her book in my hands. This is her second novel, and I hope that there will be many more in future.

The story centers around Tilly, a woman in her thirties, who has been through hard times and now tries to start all over again. Moving
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Shaz Goodwin
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
We join Tilly on New Year’s Day as she is leaving her home for her first visit to the allotments. Having chosen to isolate herself, she figures this is the perfect time – who will be around on this day of the year?

Single 35 year old Charlie is the first person she meets and she is reluctant to engage with him. He makes an innocent remark, which Tilly can’t handle. It takes six weeks for her to go back as she is getting used to her new job at the local school.

Tilly gets drawn into the community.
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Sophie
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review also posted on my blog http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014...

I’d been anxiously awaiting Ivy Lane: Spring to pop up on my Kindle ever since I pre-ordered it, and as soon as it appeared, I had to pick it up. I never actually got to the stage of putting it down though but it was well worth it. Ivy Lane is a beautiful story with lovely characters and a gorgeous cover. I loved it.

Tilly was a fab main character. Instantly likeable, she was a refreshing character to read and so intriguing to
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Carole
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ivy Lane: Spring is the first in a four part series featuring Tilly Parker, who has moved 20 miles away to escape the pitying smiles and awkward silences. She has a new job, new home and now plot 16B at Ivy Lane allotments where she wants to keep busy and keep herself to herself ..... well, that was her plan! This describes the state of her allotment when she first sees it:

So this was to be my 'new interest'. Hands on hips, I surveyed the brambles, nettles, thistles, dockleaves and some other
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Erin
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Harriet at Transworld for approving me for a copy of this great little story!

This is the second of Cathy’s books that I’ve read and it follows main character Tilly story as she embarks on a new adventure in life, as an allotment owner!

I really loved this straight from the start. It’s one of those stories where you can just immediately plant (pardon the pun) yourself into it and I think Cathy’s writing just facilitates that so well because it’s realistic and easy to rel
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Elizabeth Grieve
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned-arc
A pleasant, light hearted story, but it doesn't appear to have been thoroughly proofread or copy edited. There are quite a few errors, in particular some unintentionally funny ones, which seem to be the result of relying on the computer's spell checker. There are also clumsy and ambiguous sentences, and overall this book gives the impression of being a self-published work rather than one put out by a reputable publisher.

Reviewed in exchange for a preview Kindle copy.

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Karen
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Can't wait to start part 2.
Joanne
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
really looking forward to the next one
Sheerie
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, very topical about allotments. This is going to be in 4 parts. Can't wait for No 2 Summer.
Sam
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of four in this series and covers the Spring period when Tilly first arrives in the village. Tilly has set up a new home and is trying to leave her past behind her. She doesn't want friends, she want's to be alone and to keep her life private. She gets a job share as a teacher and signs up for an Ivy Lane allotment, not knowing the slightest thing about growing vegetables or flowers.

Her hopes of keeping herself to herself gradually disappear as she meets the characters of
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MRS CHRISTINE  SITTON
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hooked from the start

As soon as I started reading I knew I was going to love this book. So full of warmth and caring people. What's Tillys secret and why is she so upset and cautious. Have already downloaded the other 3 books and look forward to curling up in bed and solving the mystery
Ana
Also posted on This Chick Reads

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Cathy's debut 'Conditional Love' became a HUGE hit after being released in October last year and it was just a matter of time before she snatched a deal with a great publisher. Needless to say, I was over the moon to hear she got a deal with Transworld and she's about to publish her new novel in 4 parts. Tricky you may say, well I thought so too. But, you're NOT to doubt Cathy's writing skil
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Isabell
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally posted on Dreaming With Open Eyes

Rating = 3.5

I kindly received Ivy Lane: Spring in exchange of an honest review by the publisher via Netgalley.

This was the first time I have read something of Cathy Bramley. I heard so many good thing about the first part of Ivy Lane I couldn't resist to request it on Netgalley as well. Thank you to Transworld for approving me.

Ivy Lane: Spring is the first installment of a four parted novel. I think this is such a lovely idea. The only bad thing about
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Leah
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I read Cathy Bramley’s debut novel Conditional Love in September last year, I quite liked it – it wasn’t perfect, but it was a very enjoyable read so imagine my surprise when Cathy announced she had signed a book deal with Transworld to publish a new book! The catch is that the book is a serial and is split into 4 parts – one for each season and they’re the perfect bite size reads for people on the go! I was delighted to spot Ivy Lane: Spring on Netgalley and even happier to download it ont ...more
Sam Woodfield
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
As the first in this series by Cathy Bramley, I really enjoyed this novel, the characters in it, and got to the end unable to wait for the next instalment.
Tilly Parker arrives in a new town with a secret past she is trying to escape. To help her keep herself to herself, she takes on a plat at the local allotment, Ivy Lane, and embarks on learning a new skill. But she soon discovers that Ivy Lane is not the place to have a quiet life and she finds herself embroiled in the community and the other
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Melanie
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tilly Parker arrives in a new town, looking for a fresh start. We don’t know exactly what she’s escaping from but we know it has something to do with “James”. With a new job waiting for her, Tilly also rents an allotment to keep her busy in her spare time, intent on keeping her head down and herself to herself.

What Tilly isn’t expecting is the community that comes along with hiring an allotment on Ivy Lane and soon she finds herself surrounded by new friends, keen to help her out and she in retu
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Laura
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

First off, some book cover appreciation for the first part in the Ivy Lane series. Extremely pretty, love it!

This is the first part in a four part series and it has definitely got off to a great start.

Tilly Parker is wanting a fresh start, so she moves to small town to get away from her past. Tilly wants peace and solitude and decides to take up a little allotment plot at Ivy Lane as a means of distracting herself. What Tilly does
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Damaskcat
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is part one in a four part novel following the seasons at the Ivy Lane allotments. Tilly Parker needs a fresh start – she has clearly experienced tragedy though we are not told exactly what this tragedy is – and she gets a new job and decides to change her life. Part of that change involves getting herself an allotment – even though she has no gardening experience at all. What follows as she, against her better judgement, becomes involved with the other tenants of the allotments, makes a ch ...more
Jo Hughes
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank TransworldBooks for authorising this on Netgalley in exchange for a a fair and honest review.


When I saw the cover to this book I loved it straight away, they say never judge a book by its cover but this cover is perfect. I started reading this one morning before work (I had woken up early and couldn't go back to sleep), it grabbed me straight away and when it was time for work I wanted to carry on reading.


The book centres on Tilly who has moved house, got a new job and deci
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Jill
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

We meet Tilly Parker as she moves in to the area. We know she has moved after losing James, but we don't know what has happened to him. Tilly cuts a sad lonely figure, and as a reader I almost instantly wanted to join her and make life happier for her.

Tilly applies for, and gets an allotment space at the local Ivy Lane allotments. There she meets amongst others, Charlie and Gemma. At the outset Tilly wants to be left alone, but you can see as time passes, Tilly enjoys being part of the community
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Lily Graham
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I became intrigued by the second book written by Cathy Bramley when I found out that it was a novel written in four instalments. If you'll pardon the pun, I thought it was a novel idea.

I did wonder though if it would keep me interested long enough to keep buying the next instalments, especially as you have to wait a month or so between each one. But I'm happy to report that it does. It is such a sweet, lovely story. Like getting a warm hug or cup of cocoa on a winters day.

The character Tilly is
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Leonel
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
https://leonelescota.wordpress.com/20...

I was lured by the idea of a serialized novel, so I started reading “Ivy Lane: Spring,” by Cathy Bramley. Tilly is starting a new life, just moved to Ivy Lane, and to occupy herself, gets an allotment. I had really no idea what an allotment is, so I googled it. Basically, you get a plot of land and grow things: flowers, vegetables, whatever you please. But it also gives you a sense of community with all the other growers. Bramley gives Tilly a cast of craz
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Verity W
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got a copy of this book through NetGalley - you can see my full review on my blog - verityreadsbooks.wordpress.com

Although I'm not the ideal candidate to enjoy a serialisation - I'm impatient and like instant gratification when it comes to books - I enjoyed this, the first part in Cathy Bramley's four part serialisation of a year in the life of Tilly and the Ivy Lane allotments.

The characters and setting are engaging and it's a fun pacy read. I want to know Tilly's secret - and summer is avail
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Samantha Tonge
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Lane is a delightful read with an array of interesting, appealing characters. Tilly Parker has fled her old life to make a fresh start - but isn't revealing the secret of what happened to her, any time soon. Can Charlie the fireman cheer her up? Or will her other new friends at the allotment manage that? Tilly is a lovely main character I soon grew to care for. Bramley writes descriptive prose which is nevertheless easy-to-read. This book was a joy and I can't wait for the next installment!
Heather
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh wow, what a magical first book in a series! This book introduces us to Tilly, she's running away from her past and trying to start a new life! She finds herself a job, a house and an allotment but will it be the escape she thinks it will be? Yes but maybe not how she imagined her new life would be.

I'm now counting down the days for Book 2!
Laura
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A charming short story about a woman called Tilly, who has recently moved to a new area to move on from her past.
Tilly takes on an allotment to fill her time and is expecting lots of peace and quiet whilst working on it. Her new allotment friends make sure she is well involved with the group.

I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the rest of the series
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Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted, romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing
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