Review: IVY HILL CHRISTMAS, / Julie Klassen

An Ivy Hill Christmas, / by Julie Klassen
Bethany House     ISBN     978076421817
Adult     Rating:     4

Award-winning author Julie Klassen pens a Christmas novella that ties in with her Regency series set in the English village of Ivy Hill.

In An Ivy Hill Christmas, carefree, fun-loving bachelor Richard Brockwell lives a life of ease in London until his mother threatens to cut off his funds unless he comes home for Christmas. Just before that, Richard turned over a new leaf. He wants his earlier exploits to be forgotten, and for others to recognize the changes in his life. Unfortunately others don’t easily forgive and forget. Can he right the wrongs of his past, especially when he meets Arabella Awdry whom he overlooked years ago?

Richard stayed away from his family due to his father’s secrets and past indiscretions, earning a reputation of his own as a black sheep. So his return to Ivy Hill is not welcomed by many. Yet he displays a better character when he becomes more aware of the needs of others instead of his own, like the orphaned apprentice and the tenants on the family estate.

Klassen’s fans will delight to return to Ivy Hill and to the characters introduced in her earlier books. Known for her excellent character development, Klassen’s books are filled with forgiveness, second chances, and redemption. The faith elements are light-handed. Readers will appreciate the nod to Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. 

Recommended for public and high school libraries. Her novels appeal to adults and high school readers alike. Fans of  Sarah E. Ladd, Carrie Turansky, and other historical fiction fans will be delighted to read this series.

Carol R. Gehringer

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.

 Previously reviewed: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill, The Ladies of Ivy Hill, and The Brides of Ivy Green.

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