Saturday, December 26, 2020

AN IVY HILL CHRISTMAS by Julie Klassen, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

If you ever wondered what Christmas was like in Regency England, look no farther than An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen. Ms. Klassen fills the story with delightful characters and traditions. It makes me want to visit Ivy Hill. This reads more like a complete novel rather than a novella.

Richard Brockwell is a second son of a wealthy family. He is rather aimless, living only for himself. He struggles with feelings of worthlessness and longs to make his mark in the world.

“I do not deserve forgiveness.”

“My dear boy, none of us deserve forgiveness. None of us can do enough good deeds to atone for our own failings. If we could, God would not have had to send the Son He loved into the world to die for us. But He did, because He loves us.”

In this quaint story, we see him change, to reveal his heart for the unfortunate. 

Arabella Awdry longs to depart for London to join her aunt in her charity endeavors.

Can Arabella and Richard each realize their dreams and will those dreams converge?

A lesson to take away is that we can find purpose and God’s will right where we are. He provides.
*I purchased this ebook from Amazon. All opinions are my own.*5 stars strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
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.

But Christmas in the country presents unforeseen surprises, including encounters with an orphaned apprentice, the first love he disappointed years ago, and Arabella Awdry, a young lady who is far more appealing than he recalled . . . and determined to have nothing to do with him.

Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with its village charm, kissing boughs, joyous songs, and divine hope, work its magic in his heart . . . and hers as well?
Bethany House Publishers, September 2020
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