Lady Ivy and the Irishman Book Review

Saturday, June 8, 2024

About the Book

Lady Ivy Amberton, weighed down by her family’s expectations, has often struggled to navigate the complexities of high society—until the arrival of Lord Dunmore, a dashing Irish baron whose open charm and spirited view of life turn her world upside down. As Ivy grapples with the unfamiliar thrill of attraction, she is compelled to reconsider her understanding of what it means to truly be herself.

Teague Frost, whose tenure in Parliament has cemented his views on the rigidity of the English, finds himself unexpectedly captivated by Ivy's intelligence and grace. Her sincerity challenges his prejudices and sparks an affection he had not anticipated. Together, they explore the surprising depths of their connection, each learning to appreciate new truths about themselves and the world.

As their relationship deepens, Ivy and Teague are confronted with the profound implications of their attraction. Can Ivy embrace her true desires and the possibility of a love that defies her family’s plans? Will Teague allow his unexpected love to transform him, fighting for a future that honors both his heritage and his heart?

Set against the elegant backdrop of Regency England, Lady Ivy and the Irishman is a tale of self-discovery and unexpected love.

About the Author 

Sally Britton is a wife, mother, and author who loves the world of romance, earned her BA in English in 2007, and reads voraciously. She started her writing journey at the tender age of fourteen on an electric typewriter, and she’s never looked back.

Sally lives in Oklahoma with her husband, four children, two Australian Shepherds, and a queenly cat. She loves researching, hiking, and reading YA Fantasy novels.

Follow Sally's adventures on Instagram and Facebook and check out her website!

Author Interview 

Life Is What It's Called - How does this book stand apart from the others in this genre?

Sally Britton - Lady Ivy and the Irishman stands apart due to its light-touch exploration of cross-cultural relationships set in the Regency period. While the genre often focuses either on the glittering aspects of upper-class England (ignoring cultural clashes) or delves into the complexities of Irish-English relations (usually the ugliest aspects), this book is meant to offer a fresh perspective through a gentler touch. And…y’know…an Irishman kissing an English woman. ;-)

Life Is What It's Called - What will readers like most about this book?

Sally Britton -I hope readers will be drawn to the dynamic between the characters—particularly how Ivy's quiet strength and Teague's vibrant charm clash and complement each other. The book offers a blend of tender romance, thoughtful dialogue, and a setting that transports readers into the heart of Regency England.

Life Is What It's Called - What have you learned from writing this book?

Sally Britton - Exploring the Irish perspective during the Regency era allowed me to appreciate the subtle things that influence the actions of individuals and the slow changes in society. It reinforced how historical accuracy can enrich a narrative, providing a more immersive experience for the reader. Even in a “lighter touch” romance.

Life Is What It's Called - What themes run in this book?

Sally Britton - Key themes include self-discovery, the struggle against the expectations of others, and the power of being true to one’s self.

Life Is What It's Called - Will there be more books in this series?

Sally Britton -Yes, the plan is to continue exploring the interconnected lives of characters who are part of the Clairvoir Castle family and friendships. Book 6 is already underway!

Life Is What It's Called - What inspired you to write this book?

Sally Britton - Inspiration came from a desire to blend traditional Regency romance with a more modern discussion of individual identity and historical expectations. I wanted to create a love story that not only entertained but also reflected the challenges and triumphs of overcoming deep-seated personal insecurities. Ivy has some stuff to work through. Teague accepts her for who she is.

Life Is What It's Called - What writing projects are you working on right now?

Sally Britton - Currently, I'm working on the next book in the series, which will focus on a secondary character from Lady Ivy and the Irishman. This story will delve deeper into the intricacies of loyalty and duty versus personal happiness, set largely in London but with visits back to Clairvoir Castle (of course).

Life Is What It's Called - If this book was a food what would it be and why?

Sally Britton - A delicious fruit tart. Light, tangy fruit (Teague’s flirty nature) and rich custard (Ivy’s emotional depths and struggles).


Lady Ivy wants to escape the household of her stepbrother and his demanding wife. Fortunately, she's invited to visit her cousin for the summer. On her visit, she's reintroduced to Lord Dunmore and finds herself attracted to him and finding herself finding herself in the process.

I loved this sweet romance. It's a tale about releasing expectations that others place on you and being able to be yourself, which is hard to do. The "meet-cute" in this book grabbed my attention and the characters banter made this book fun and sweet. The book moves quickly and is a fun, light-hearted romance. The author also touched a little on the complexities between the Irish/English. I hope she explores this further in future books. Everything in this book is clean and would be appropriate for a teenager to adult to read. My favorite part of the book was the reading the author's note in the back of the book. It was a nice wrap-up for the story. To learn more, click here.

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