Continuing to follow three childhood friends, this book picks up where the last one left off.
Jane is reluctant to chance her future to another marriage, knowing that it will be childless. Gabriel has made his ardent devotion clear, will Jane take a chance on love?
Meanwhile, Mercy has lost her school due to the marriage of her brother, and she takes up a governess position teaching her former pupil. Her new job has that advantage of putting her in a position to resume her friendship with Joseph.
Rachel is trying to help her sister-in-law get out from under her controlling mother, and help her prepare for her upcoming wedding.
There is also a new dressmaker in town, who may not be who she says that she is.
A satisfying conclusion to this engaging trilogy. A series that you truly should read in order to fully appreciate the growth of the characters and grasp what is going on. This book was especially satisfying because the previous books left me wanting more and left many loose ends that were all resolved in this final installment.
There is so much going on in this book, I loved coming back to Ivy Green and all the bustle and small town drama. There is a strong sense of community throughout this series, and while it does focus more on the three friends, there is a kind of feeling that you are reading about everyone in Ivy Green.
Mercy is my favorite character, her grave and faith in the face of hardship is always so inspiring and she makes the most of what she is dealt in life, putting her trust in God to see her through.
Overall, a vibrant read about a close knit community in Regency Era England, I loved reconnecting with all of my favorite characters, and seeing all of their stories come to a satisfying new chapter of life. Mystery, community, love, faith, and everyday drama bring Ivy Green to bustling life, a fitting ending to an enjoyable series.
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