Ivy Hill Christmas: A Tales from Ivy Hill Novella by Julie Klassen

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Today is my chance to share my review of Ivy Hill Christmas: A Tales from Ivy Hill Novella by Julie Klassen 

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Ivy Hill Christmas: A Tales from Ivy Hill Novella by Julie Klassen 

Themes – Family, Christmas, English Village 

Pages: 224

Richard 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.

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This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

A charming Christmas novella from a new to me author, Julie Klassen.Grab yourself a cuppa and pull up a chair and settle in close the fire.

A delightful Regency Christmas

In An Ivy Hill Christmas, the fourth installment to the series, the Brockwell prodigal son, Richard, who has seemingly been living the swinging bachelor life in London at the family townhouse while surreptitiously writing satires for his friend’s magazine and working on getting his novels published, is given an ultimatum by his mother. Come home for the holidays or lose her generous allowance.

Richard Brockwell, the prodigal son returns to Ivy Hill his family’s country Estate for Christmastide. Bringing with him his his friend Murry, his publisher, and his newly adopted furry fried a dog, whom Richard has named Wally.

He takes meticulous care to dress Wally up in clothes that befits a lord. It’s really an addictive to the storyline that makes everything cozy up relatable.

Richard, who has been living in London, enjoying the swinging bachelor life at his family’s townhouse, while avoiding any detection that he is the author of some satire writings, that are published in notable London magazine. While he scretly working on getting a novel published, which has been turned down several times. He is hoping that his friends will see his book throughly as something worth publishing.

His mother has made it quite clear that he must return to Ivy Hill, or he will not receive any more monies. So off they go traveling to the country for some holiday cheer.

Arabella Awdry is a woman who has decided to not marry. Unless she will have a marriage like that of her parents. She hasn’t seen Richard Brockwell for sometime, and she is glad of the respite.

So she is surprised to see him at a Christmas house party. She is not impressed by him at all, and it will take her sometime to actually get over her preconceived notions about him.

Richard comes across as a callous spoiled gentleman, but deep down he has remorse and much regret about his past behavior. The author does a wonderful job setting the cast and the atmospheric imagery is splendid. A lovely Christmas tale of regrets, forgiveness. I also enjoyed how the book brings to the forefront how important it is to be gracious and charitable to those that are less fortunate than you are.

More from Julie

My fascination with England began as a girl when I read The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre, and watched A Christmas Carol. I have now been to Great Britain several times, and my affection for the place has only grown. I love the country villages with their stone buildings and thatched roofs, the narrow, winding roads (though not driving on them), the ancient churches, friendly people, plummy accents, and history. Writing fifteen novels set there has been a real pleasure.

An Ivy Hill Christmas includes all the elements of an idyllic Olde English yuletide: A charming village setting, snowfall, mistletoe, caroling, gifts for less fortunate neighbors, and festive gatherings of friends and family. I thoroughly enjoyed researching 19th century Christmas traditions and weaving them into this novella.

In the story, a confirmed bachelor is determined to remain aloof from the celebrations going on around him—and from his mother’s matchmaking schemes. But divine hope, friendship, and unexpected romance change his heart…and his mind.  I love a transformation story; don’t you?

If you’ve read the TALES FROM IVY HILL series, you will enjoy returning to the village and spending time with favorite characters. But rest assured, the novella is a standalone, meaning you can enjoy it whether or not you’ve read the other books, as these reviews attest:

“[A] standalone novella that not only beautifully captures the kindness, hope, love, and faith of Christmas but also skillfully evokes the period holiday atmosphere of Regency England.”  —Booklist

“This feel-good tale of love and redemption will delight Klassen’s fans and new readers alike.” Publishers Weekly

And if you like the novella, I think you will like the other books as well. 

An Ivy Hill Christmas would also make a lovely gift for a reading friend.

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