I had to take a break from historical fiction – I like it, but that’s all I read for a while. Now I’m back into it, but it’s kind of different. I found these four books titled “The Women Of Ivy Manor,” and I love them! They are set in more recent history – the 1900s through present day. I will share reflections on each as I read them beginning with the first book, “Chloe.”

Chloe was born into a wealthy family in 1900. She did not, however, have a happy childhood. Her mother was very unhappy and selfish and her father just used Chloe for his own political gain. Chloe just happened to be extremely beautiful (of course) and smart. She had everything she needed from her parents except love. In spite of all of that, Chloe is a very sweet, caring young woman. The historical setting of this book is the roaring twenties and World War I and their effects on this family. The story ends during the Depression. Chloe has both tragedy and happiness in her life. She really tries to leave her family, but yet she can’t completely leave her roots (Ivy Manor and all it means). Her best friend is a Black girl, Minnie – the daughter of household help. The book explores the treatment of African Americans during this time frame in history as well as Chloe and Minnie leave home and travel to New York City and become fashion models (unheard of for an African American at that time).

I really enjoyed this book – it was hard to put down. I went immediately to the computer and ordered the other three books in the series, and I can’t wait to read them. If you like history, romance, and learning about how people overcome adversity, you will like this book. It is a Christian book, but not overtly so. It is from the Christian world view in that words of hymns are mentioned and it is clean – no language or graphic sex, and the characters go to church.

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13 Responses to “The Women of Ivy Manor by Lyn Cote”

  1. Kathleen Says:

    Hi, I found you via Librarything! Your blog looks great, and I look forward to readig more of your reviews.

  2. Erin Says:

    This series sounds great, I am going to add it to my tbr list. I have read a lot of historical fiction lately and also needed a break. Thanks!

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    Hi – I also found your blog at LT and wanted to say hello! =)

  4. Lyn Cote Says:

    Hi Sally,
    Thanks for your kind words about Chloe. I enjoyed writing that series so much. I love the interaction of generations in the same family.
    Right now I have a 3 in 1 out, Blessed Assurance, the same type of family saga, beginning in Chicago the year of the Great Fire, 1871 and ending in 1920.
    Thanks again for loving Chloe–I loved writing her!

  5. outlet Says:

    Once I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new feedback are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any means you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

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