The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #2)

Author: Julie Klassen

Publisher: Bethany House

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Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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New from the Top Author of Inspirational Regency Romance Return to Ivy Hill in The Ladies of Ivy Cottage as friendships deepen, romances blossom, and mysteries unfold. Living with the two Miss Groves in Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood . . . somehow. When the village women encourage her to open a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, Rachel discovers two mysteries hidden among them. A man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Rachel's friend and hostess, Mercy Grove, has given up thoughts of suitors and fills her days managing her girls' school. So when several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause. Exactly what--or who--has captured each man's attention? The truth may surprise them all. Meanwhile, life has improved at the coaching inn and Jane Bell is ready to put grief behind her. Now if only the man she misses would return--but where is he? As the women of Ivy Hill search for answers about the past and hope for the future, might they find love along the way?

The Bride of Ivy Green (Tales from Ivy Hill Book #3)

Author: Julie Klassen

Publisher: Baker Books

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Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Much has happened in idyllic Ivy Hill in recent months, and while several villagers have found new love and purpose, questions remain--and a few dearly held dreams have yet to be fulfilled. Jane Bell is torn. Gabriel Locke is back and has made his intentions clear. But Jane is reluctant to give up her inn and destine another man to a childless marriage. Then someone she never expected to see again returns to Ivy Hill. . . . Mercy Grove has lost her school and is resigned to life as a spinster, especially as the man she admires seems out of reach. Should she uproot herself from Ivy Cottage to become a governess for a former pupil? Her decision will change more lives than her own. A secretive new dressmaker arrives in the village, but the ladies soon suspect she isn't who she claims to be. Will they oust the imposter, or help rescue her from a dangerous predicament? In the meantime, everyone expects Miss Brockwell to marry a titled gentleman, even though her heart is drawn to another. While the people of Ivy Hill anticipate one wedding, an unexpected bride may surprise them all. Don't miss this romantic, stirring conclusion to Tales from Ivy Hill.

Ivy Cottage

Author: David Martin

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 376

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After the preliminaries were out of the way, Chris set about telling us the tale that would change our lives forever. "An old man lives in Ivy Cottage, indeed he has lived there for more than a hundred years. He has always been old, for as long as anyone can remember. All his friends have long since died out, even the old folks down Forest Lane can't remember his name or what he looks like. He's just a strange old man with no friends or relatives. No sons or daughters, not even a pet to keep him company. "Throughout his entire life he has lived in Ivy Cottage. He was born there, or so we are told, yet nobody can remember him being born. Like I said, he has always been old. He lived in the house for many years with his old wife. Neither of them has come out in years, nor have they spoken to any of the other people who live in the village, at least not for many years. There was perhaps a time when they were more sociable, but that time is now long past. They have seen all the changes Chellington has been through over the years, right back to the origins of the village, when it was nought but a few fields ploughed by our ancestors, even in the days before Forest Lane sprung its houses. Yet as the more modern housing began to emerge around the village in the sixties and seventies, Ivy Cottage, which used to be like the grand manor house has slowly been flanked by new housing estates and developments. "In the old days, the old man owned lots of land, spreading from where the pub stands, past the church and up as far as the shop. Of course the shop wasn't there then, but he owned the land it is now built on. In later years he sold some of the land, and the new manor house was built. This was a very sinister building with its black wrought iron gates and hedges to keep the sun out. Many people think a vampire lives there, but there isn't a vampire in that house. It's just a story, a way to keep us children out of the grounds. People say it was built that way intentionally, that it would deflect attention away from the real evil, in Ivy Cottage. I think for the most part it did. "As the years have passed by, the old man sold more and more of his land, so now all that remains is the land and garden where the house now stands. As the old man grew even older, the house got into a worse and worse state of repair, all run down and dilapidated. The last time anyone actually saw the old man in person was about ten years ago, and he was really old then. He put something into his car and went back indoors. He was never seen again after that, it was just him and his wife, left to grow old together." "The old man and the old woman lived together for many years. The village changed around them, but they stayed exactly as they were, is if they were stuck in a time warp or something. Nobody ever saw anyone enter the house, and nobody ever saw anyone leave either. No one goes in no one comes out. Nobody knows how they survived, but somehow they did. "They never had any children that anyone knows of. Some say they had a son once, a long time ago, but he died when he was a baby. Nobody ever saw the child, the woman just went from being heavy with child to no longer being heavy with child, and nobody ever saw the tot alive. It may even have been a still birth, whatever one of those is. Some people say that the old woman never spoke again after the death of her baby boy, and this was when the old man started to go insane. "The pair lived alone in the big old house, as silent as the grave for year after miserable year. Around them new families came to live nearby, but nobody ever came to say hello. The old couple began to grow scared of the outside world, and withdrew deeper into the dark bowels of Ivy Cottage. Some say they even began to di

Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home

Author: Peter Hughes Jachimiak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Using an innovative auto-ethnographic approach to investigate the otherness of the places that make up the childhood home and its neighbourhood in relation to memory-derived and memory-imbued cultural geographies, Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home is concerned with childhood spaces and children's perspectives of those spaces and, consequentially, with the personalised locations that make up the childhood family home and its immediate surroundings (such as the garden, the street, etc.). Whilst this book is primarily structured by the author's memories of living in his own Welsh childhood home during the 1970s - that is, the auto-ethnographic framework - it is as much about living anywhere amid the remembered cultural remnants of the past as it is immersing oneself in cultural geographies of the here-and-now. As a result, Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home is part of the ongoing pursuit by cultural geographers to provide a personal exploration of the pluralities of shared landscapes, whereby such an engagement with space and place aid our construction of cognitive maps of meaning that, in turn, manifest themselves as both individual and collective cultural experiences. Furthermore, touching upon our co-habiting of ghost topologies, Remembering the Cultural Geographies of a Childhood Home also encourages a critical exploration of children’s spirituality amid the haunted cultural and geographical spaces and places of a house and its neighbourhood: the cellar, hallway, parlour, stairs, bedroom, attic, shops, cemeteries, and so on.

Meliora

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Category: Great Britain

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