A Delightful Tale
The Bride Of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen is a fabulous Christian historical novel set in 1821. It is the third book in the Tales From Ivy Hill series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces and meeting new ones.
There is a wonderful community feel to the whole tale. The people pull together and offer their skills when needed. New people are welcomed and there is much rejoicing when fractured families are reunited.
All is not completely idyllic as there are some who believe they are above others. The class system was very much alive in nineteenth century Britain.
In contrast we see others who value all people regardless of their status or skin colour. We are all equal in the eyes of God and this is how it should always be.
Characters with philanthropic hearts believe in education for all, regardless of the ability to pay. This was very forward thinking for the time as compulsory education for all did not come in until the second half of the century.Continue reading