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The Secrets of Ivy Garden by Catherine Ferguson


When Holly breaks up with her boyfriend Dean, she’s at a loss as to what to do next. But things go from bad to worse when her beloved grandmother Ivy dies – and Holly is left in charge of sorting out Ivy’s house and garden. As she sorts through her grandmother’s belongings and makes her way through the wilderness outside, Holly soon finds that there is more to Ivy than meets the eye, and uncovers a surprising family secret that changes everything…

This is a heart-warming and hilarious story from Catherine Ferguson about starting over, learning to garden and most of all learning to love.


Not sure where Dean comes into things - I can't remember him ever being mentioned...

Anyhow, Dean or no Dean makes no difference to the story - it's a delight form start to finish. I liked Holly's voice and the way the author teased us with the various secrets, revealing them gradually, one after the other. I loved Layla! Ms Ferguson managed to portray a typical teenager with great accuracy. I enjoyed the way Holly grew and developed, and faced her fears. I loved the way it all came together in the end.

The heartache was manageable (no sobbing on the train for me, thankfully!) but there wasn't really a great deal of horticulture. However, this didn't detract from the story, though I really, really want a secret spot like Ivy Garden!

About the Author

Catherine Ferguson burst onto the writing scene at the age of nine, anonymously penning a weekly magazine for her five-year-old brother (mysteriously titled the 'Willy' comic) and fooling him completely by posting it through the letterbox every Thursday.

Catherine's continuing love of writing saw her study English at Dundee University and spend her twenties writing for various teenage magazines, including Jackie and Blue Jeans, and meeting pop stars. Then she got serious and worked as a sub-editor at the Dundee Courier before moving to Surrey and setting up an organic veg box delivery business.

Catherine lives with her family in Northumberland.

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