A kind young lady inspires a selfish gentleman of leisure to help others and reconnect with his home and family.
An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen is a lovely Christmas historical romance full of the magic of the season. It is part of the Tales of Ivy Hill series but can be read as a standalone.
Print Length: 212 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 1, 2020)
ASIN : B0821PWW1B
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?
From the Publisher’s Blurb
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In London, Richard Brockwell lived in his family’s townhouse, spending his older brother’s money and leaving a life of leisure and selfishness.
He had not returned to his family country estate in years, but his mother gave him an ultimatum. He would either go home for Christmas or stay in London without any allowance.
Once in Ivy Hill, Richard was astounded to realize how things have changed, and not always for the better. He was also not happy to learn that his mother had matchmaking plans for him.
He was determined to scare the young lady away, but his determination gradually weakened as he started to learn more about the lovely Miss Arabela Awry.
I loved that, inspired by the kind actions he witnessed, Richard slowly started to reach out, and the more he helped others, the happier he felt.
There are some lovely side characters, including a vest-and-tie-wearing dog and a sweet and clumsy young apprentice.
As a Jane Austen fan, it was an extra treat to find passages clearly referring to Pride and Prejudice and Emma.
This is a lovely Christmas story full of the magic of the season. Families reunited, spirituality, forgiveness, generosity, kindness, and happy endings.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota.