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Tangled in Ivy

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  621 ratings  ·  162 reviews
From the bestselling author of Sweet Tea Tuesdays comes a story of true love that spans decades.

Lillian Alexander's father is dying of cancer. When he rambles on in a morphine-delirium, Lillian can't ignore the feeling he's trying to tell her something. At his funeral days later, she encounters ghosts from her past who stir long-suppressed memories from the day her mother
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Leisure Time Books
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Larry H
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

Family drama, secrets, enduring love—this one’s got it all!!

Lillian is there when her beloved father passes away. She is devastated by his loss and wonders how she’ll carry on. But just before he died, he told her to “look to Hemingway for answers.” What could that mean?

When their father’s will is read, Lillian and her estranged twin sister, Layla, learn that the Stoney family fortune has dwindled nearly to nothing. This sets up a war between the two sisters, familiar territory for the
TANGLED IN IVY by Ashley Farley is riveting, compelling Southern women's fiction filled with intrigue, family drama and gorgeous descriptions. This beautifully written emotional story about a dysfunctional family has secrets, lies, mystery, tragedies, shocking and surprising truths, and tangled twists and turns.

As usual, Ashley Farley's characters are lifelike and relatable. They practically "walk off the pages." My favourite characters were Trudy, the loving and loyal housekeeper for over fort
Ok so I'm fairly new to southern fiction, but the few that I have read were so good. I love stories about family, drama, and secrets and "Tangled In Ivy" by Ashley Farley was literally awesome.

This is my first book by Ashley and now I want to read her backlist!! The writing and plot was excellent and just pulled me right in and I flew through it and stayed up way too late to finish!! This story is told through a few POV and different time periods!! The setting takes place in Charleston, which I
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I stayed up way too late so I could finish this book!
A beautiful Southern women’s fiction novel full of family drama and mystery. I loved everything this book had to offer- the secrets, lies, dysfunction and tragedy.
All the characters are so real, they felt like friends.

Thanks to Netgalley for my ebook copy.
Tangled in Ivy is a pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea, sit on the porch type of book! Ashley Farley has written a page turning story of family drama and mystery. Block off an afternoon and pick up this book!
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorites, arcs
I have to start by saying that what first attracted me to this book was the cover. I had absolutely no idea that behind the beautiful cover would lie one of my favorite books.
This is about Lillian and when her father dies of cancer, her and her sister must deal with troubles of the past in order to move forward. There's a dual timeline aspect when Lillian discovers her father's memoir.
The first thing I realized that I adored about this book was the writing. I could just tell that Ashley Farley w
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Kate Rock Book Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tangled In Ivy
By: Ashley Farley

I read Tangled In Ivy as part of a book tour. Unfortunately, life just got crazy, and I missed posting. I'm catching up now, though, and this book is too good not to acknowledge. In the South Carolina lowcountry, Lillian has just lost her father to cancer, but in his final days, he tried to relay something importa
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Genre: Mystery • Fiction • Release date: June, 9th, 2020 • 304 pages

This story takes place in Charleston, SC. A father dies and his estranged twin daughters have to work together to take care of the family estate. These twins hate each other and it’s exasperated by many secrets being revealed after their parents death.
The pace was brisk and the story was vividly rendered. It involved a series of setbacks, challenges and misfortunes. It weaves between past and present. But at 70% I
Shannon Rochester
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

I requested this book because I absolutely loved the cover. Green is my favorite color so that in itself is beautiful but there is something about this woman that I wanted to get to know. I am happy to say that this time, I DID choose well. I was not in any way disappointed in that I chose this book based on it's cover. I loved the characters, well most of them, and I loved the storyline. The book is f
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of Ashley Farley for her great writing, exceptional characters you will enjoy reading about that will stick with you, the lovely pacing, and just her brilliance in writing a great Southern Fiction overall.

When I had a chance to get an early review copy of this book Tangled in Ivy, I knew this was a must read for me. I tried not too read the synopsis as I wanted to slowly uncover the story of Ashley's words through the pages. And my goodness, did I love this book!

Set in C
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I simply love everything I ready by Ashley Farley and this story is no exception.  There is something about her southern stories of women that are strong yet vulnerable and the families that surround them that draw in the reader and perhaps even have them relating to the various characters.

In this story we meet Lillian and Layla, twin sisters that don't seem to have that close bond most twins, even sisters, might have together.  They are as different as can be and the truth about their mother's
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Southern fiction and I love books about sisters. The new novel Tangled in Ivy meets these two criteria and even more. There are secrets, dysfunction, a house that has been in the family for decades and a perfect setting in Charleston. I have read all of Ashley Farley's novels and this in my new favorite.

This book is told in two timelines. The first begins in 1984 when Graham meets Ivy and they fall in love and get married. The second time line begins in 2019 when Graham dies and it is tol
2.5/5 stars

I tried at first back in May to get into this story and it wasn't capturing my full attention. Reading it and finishing it now for a future reading vlog, I liked it but did not love it. I found it was still hard for me to feel invested, there is a charm to this story with self discovery and timeless love that wasn't enough for me. I found the characters were okay, the beginning took me a while to get into, and the ending was okay. Also certain twists were predictable for me.

*Was sent
Carla Suto
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TANGLED IN IVY by Ashley Farley is a beautifully-written and compelling work of Southern fiction with lots of family drama, intrigue and twists I never saw coming. I could not put this book down! Since she was a child, Lillian Alexander has suppressed all memories of the day her mother died in a terrible accident. Twenty-seven years later, as Lillian’s beloved father Graham lays dying, he is desperate to tell her something important, but she can’t make sense of it. Days later at his funeral, sev ...more
Melissa Henderson
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story so great that I didn't want it to end. Deep secrets, emotions and personality conflicts fill each page. The drama is strong and heartfelt. Author Ashley Farley takes the reader inside the minds of the main characters and makes us feel like we are part of the story. I could feel myself standing on the sidelines watching as each scene unfolded. Each detail in the story allowed me to feel the air, sights and sounds of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. An exceptional story. I received a comp ...more
Courtney Stuart
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lillian and Layla are twins who share a less than cordial relationship, seemingly at odds with each other from the start. Graham is a poor boy who had landed a dream job as a professor at a university meets Edward and his charismatic daughter Ivy with whom he falls in love with. These two threads of storylines are woven together in two timelines at the start of the novel that unravels into two different periods of history as the book progresses. Set in Charleston, which at times feels as if it i ...more
Kate Rock
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The best in Southern Women's Fiction. Every time I read an Ashley Farley book I say it's my favorite, and I'm saying it again!

"Tangled in Ivy is a tale of tortured souls and southern family dysfunction." It sure is and I loved it from page 1 and through all the many twists to the FABULOUS ending. Farley has the key to writing about sisters, mothers and family in a way that is relatable no matter how dysfunctional it is!

You'll find yourself up very late, flipping pages, engrossed in the story n
(Ellie) ReadtoRamble
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you to the blog tour organiser and author for letting me take part in this tour and thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This was a very different book than what I'm used to but I ended up enjoying it very much. We follow Lilian and Graham, simultaneously in the past and in the present through two different plots, timelines, narratives and points of view
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tangled in Ivy by Ashley Farley is captivating as you read the story of two twin sisters. Their lives are about to change forever and it will depend on how they choose to react as to whether they will survive as friends. Lillian is the kinder sister and Layla seems to be selfish and unfeeling toward others. The sisters have a long history of conflict since their mother died when they were young girls.
Their father has died and left the family estate in financial trouble. Lillian and Layla inherit
Susan (The Book Bag)
First of all, before I get to my thoughts about this book, I have to gush about this cover. Isn't it just simply stunning? So beautiful! And then the words inside this gorgeous cover—just a beautiful!

Tangled in Ivy could be Ashley's best book yet. And I have absolutely loved all of her previous books, mind you. This is one that will stay with me for a long time. I fell in love with Lillian and hurt for her as she struggled with the death of her beloved father, felt angry and frustrated as she ha
Lisa Hudson
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Ashley Farley continues to solidify her place as a top Women’s Contemporary Fiction author with her latest release TANGLED IN IVY. Farley’s writing is compelling and her plot is so intriguing that that you will want to read this book in one sitting (I did!). Her characters are so vivid that you feel as though you are watching their drama on display across the room. The setting of Charleston’s East Battery adds its own elements of charm, beauty, mystique, aristocracy, old money and gre
Judy Christiana
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We look at a beautiful old house, in a historic area, that obviously has been handed down through an affluent family, and think their life is perfect and carefree. This book shows that is not the case. Having wealth and esteem does not mean that your life will be easy.

Ashley Farley is one of my favorite authors and this book is a great example of why I feel so strongly about her writing. She has a way of telling a story that draws a reader in and they are compelled to continue and experience the
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I got completely tangled up in this book and couldn't put it down! The story of two sisters, twins. Their parents. Their loves and losses. Of discovery and self discovery, remembering, and forgiving. Set in the charming south, Ashley once again creates beautiful word pictures that stream through my mind like a movie as I am reading. This books has a few "plot twists", I was proud that I figured out one that was coming only to be taken completely by surprise by the next one! Well played Ashley, w ...more
Rachel Souliere
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read

I’ve read every one of the author’s books. I believe this is my favorite! I love a story where I can’t predict what’s going to happen!
Tangled in Ivy is a FIVE STAR read with a little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance and a whole lot of family drama. I highly recommend Tangled in Ivy.

Tangled in Ivy is a woman’s fiction. It is a compelling read about a young woman who sets out to discover her past after her father dies. The perspective changes between Lillian and her father, which was unique for me. Lillian’s father leaves her his memoir to help her remember her past so she can move on from it and be happy. Tangled in Ivy
Edi McNinch
If you love Southern literature that includes mystery, family drama, and the perfect setting (a historic house on the Battery of Charleston,SC) then you must read this book. The book description gives enough detail and storyline that I will not repeat it here. I almost don't feel I can give enough justice to the book in a review because I wouldn't want to give any spoilers with descriptions of the variety of personalities, their roles, or events but you will relate to them as you peruse these pa ...more
Anne Wolters
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most heartfelt, and Intriguing books I have ever read. It is beautifully written, and the characters are portrayed in a way they feel real. The book starts out with Lillian saying a final goodbye to her beloved father as he takes his last breath. She has been faithfully at his side for the past months, caring for him along with a hospice nurse. Within about 20 minutes of his death, Layla arrives, but too late to say a final goodbye.. Lillian and Layla are twins, although Lilli ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Farley's newest novel, Tangled in Ivy, is by far her best work yet. It is a riveting, compelling work of fiction that is filled with intrigue and family drama. It's not Ms. Farley's usual Southern fiction as it adds layers of a thriller to it's story line. I could not put my kindle down because I was so involved in the plot. Give yourself a treat and read Tangled in Ivy! Thank you Ashley Farley and NetGalley for the ARC! ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I loved this book. Ashley Farley's best so far. This was the epitome of good Southern literature. Had all the necessities; family drama, secrets, tragedy, and of course mental health issues. Loved it. ...more
Laura In  Literary Land
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
⁣Tangled In Ivy is my first book by Ashley Farley. I already have one of her previous books, Life On Loan, on my bookshelf and I'm even more eager to get to it after enjoying this book so much. ⁣

I have been enamored by southerners and southern life for a long time and southern fiction is no exception. Set in Charleston, Tangled In Ivy features intense family drama and buried secrets about a family's past. ⁣

As he lays dying, Lillian's father seems burdened to tell her something but it makes no
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Ashley Farley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her bestselling Sweeney Sisters series has touched the lives of many.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she's lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the

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