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Publisher's Summary

From spring to summer, autumn to winter, a lot can happen in a single year....

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 seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution.

But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales, and planning seasonal parties.

As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life - and her heart?

A charming and romantic story certain to make you smile - perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Trisha Ashley, and Katie Fforde.

Ivy Lane was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

©2014 Cathy Bramley (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns." (Trisha Ashley)
"A perfect blend of the two greatest pleasures in life - love and gardening!" (Fern Britton)
"A witty, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy." (Miranda Dickinson)

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  • Linzel McBride
  • 08-08-2015

Nice story

I love gardening, overcoming obstacles and British accents. This novel provided all three. Easy listening.

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  • Aimee
  • 04-05-2015

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I love Colleen Prendergast narration and that is why I picked this book.
I mostly enjoyed the story but I found it a little predictable. Some great characters is this book. I have never read Cathy Bramley before but I would give another book a go. It defiantly kept me interested and I was interested to find out what happened with Tilly

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  • Robin
  • 09-05-2015

Uneventful

This book is a slow moving story, probably best enjoyed by the twenty something set. Charming narration kept me engaged. 3 stars.

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  • Kathleen D.
  • 30-06-2020

Wonderful ...

This book was every bit as good as A Patchwork Family. Very soothing feel-good story and lovable characters and lovely description of small town UK.

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  • Kristyn Rose
  • 26-05-2020

Almost made me want to garden!

A great story that taught me a little about gardening along the way! The author painted a lovely picture of an entire community, all centered on their garden allotments. The people at Ivy Lane are as varied as their choice fo garden plants! The story has great ups and downs, to keep you along for the ride. Having a secret to find out also helps! A good escape.

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  • Julie Belle
  • 06-03-2018

Cute

Could listen to the narrator all day. In fact, my son walked in & said he could listen to her read the dictionary! The descriptions make me ready to garden...

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  • Georganna
  • 08-01-2017

Charming & uplifting

What did you love best about Ivy Lane?

Lovely likable protagonist & feel good story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ivy Lane?

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What does Colleen Prendergast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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If you could take any character from Ivy Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

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Any additional comments?

I really wish Audible USA would make more of her books available!

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  • TikiSan
  • 03-11-2016

Great narrator, slow story

Colleen Prendergast is a great narrator, but this story was not great. It was slow & in parts it felt like the author was trying too hard to build intrigue (and it wasn't working). Didn't love it.

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  • GBBMOA
  • 15-08-2015

Good, but predictable

Nice listen, just nothing too shocking, relaxing. More great narration by Colleen Prendergast.

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  • Christa Walker
  • 18-06-2015

Fizzled at the end....

I love the story of her recovering from tragedy with the help of community but I am not at all crazy about how it ended. The Last couple of chapters are like cold water to the face and the romance seemed a bit juvenile. It's worth reading for the main characters development however.


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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-2016

Ivy Lane.... A lovely warm escapism

This book made me feel relaxed and warm inside, lovely narration and by the end felt I knew the characters, really enjoyed the escapism felt like a therapy would definitely recommend to anyone who just feels like a good book to escape and chillax for a while

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-03-2016

Good insight into the slow journey of healing

If you are looking for a riveting, suspense-full read then this book would not be for you. It's gentle & unfurls slowly, blossoming with soft pushes from the minutiae/ little things in life that actually make all the difference to how we feel. I never " got" the connection between the main character & a probation officer that turned up briefly in the story. The romantic theme was a bit too drawn out for my liking. On the whole a quiet, non pretentious read.

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  • ANNE
  • 26-06-2015

Great read

Very ease to get into the story and very hard to stop listening too and get on with other things.

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  • Bee
  • 09-06-2015

Enjoyable

Easy listening while pottering around the house/garden or taking a car journey. Pleasant characters and generally gentle story line.

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  • Mum of 3
  • 22-03-2016

A good listen but a bit farcical at times

I liked the way the story unwound although it was all quite predictable. The Christmas party muddle was a bit convoluted to be believable which was a shame and slightly annoying but otherwise a good listen.

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  • Cookie Monster
  • 26-02-2016

Nice easy listen

This was a nice gentle listen, perfect for pottering or doing jobs to.
The characters were varied and grew as the story progressed and at no point did I get bored of their antics.
The narration was very good and clear and I would listen to more by this narrator.
All in all, would recommend.

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  • lynn clough
  • 05-07-2015

cracking good story

If you could sum up Ivy Lane in three words, what would they be?

Heartwarming, life affirming & hopeful

What other book might you compare Ivy Lane to, and why?

I wouldn't its an original and considering its chic lit its hard to be original

What does Colleen Prendergast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A personal tell of the tale

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Life growth love

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A lovely story. Very believable. Full of hope.

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  • Ms. R. Wharrier
  • 02-06-2015

Really childish and dull.

Really childish and unrealistic got to half way though and wished I had returned it for a credit but kept hoping it would get better.

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  • Mel
  • 21-07-2020

From sadness to joy

Loved this book. To see the heroine find love after loss, pain. Good read indeed.

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  • mrs katherine anne burkill
  • 28-06-2019

I loved this

I have already read the paper version but needed something lovely to listen to. What a lovely story and beautifully read.

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