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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Review: English Ivy (English Ivy Series Book 1)

English Ivy (English Ivy Series Book 1)
by Catherine Palmer

Promised to one . . .

Betrothed to another . . .

Swept away by the one man she can never have

On the eve of her twenty-first birthday, Ivy Bowden has much to anticipate. Engaged to be married to the man her father has chosen for her, Ivy dreams of a secure, contented future.

But when she finds herself in the arms of the mysterious Colin Richmond, recently returned from India, her world is thrown into complete disarray. Nothing is as it should be, and suddenly Ivy’s future—even her very identity—is in question.
Ivy must choose to submit to her family’s choice, follow the leading of her willful heart . . . or obey her Father’s will.

Slightly reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, with a family full of girls who get themselves into different situations, English Ivy was a joy to read. The book is set during the English Regency era, a time period that never really caught my attention until Catherine Palmer brought it to life for me. Now I can’t seem to get enough Regency, although good clean reads, like this and all the other Palmer books, are hard to come by.

The characters are likeable, well rounded, not too perfect, but trying to live out their lives in a way that Christ would approve. That isn’t always easy for fallen mankind, something that Ivy Bowden and Colin Richmond both discover. But they serve a God of forgiveness and second chances, and their own experiences will help shine that light to others who need it. I couldn’t stop reading until I reached th end. Highly recommended for women and girls of all ages.

Review by Violet