Hi everybody and you probably know that Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her first two books in the Alice And Ivy Chronicles: book 1, The Dressmaker’s Secret and book 2, Ivy Introspective. I am reviewing Ivy Introspective in a separate post that I will link RIGHT HERE, so be sure to check that out as soon as you finish this. 🙂 Let’s dive right in!
Review of The Dressmaker’s Secret
Rating: 4/5 stars
Age range: 12+
Era/setting: Late 1800’s
Genre: Christian historical fiction and romance
Source: was given in exchange for an honest review
After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.
However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.
Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?
**This is a review of the second edition of The Dressmaker’s Secret, published June 2017**
Bravo, Kellyn! You are an amazing, talented authoress! You should be amazingly proud of yourself. 🙂
Alice Chattoway: I loved Alice’s inquisitive, brave character, and I loved the relationship between she and Ivy. Alice is an 8 year old girl, the twin of her sister, Ivy, but a little bit older. I loved her character, and Kellyn did a great job of portraying her.
Nettie (Annette) Atwater: Nettie is Miss Claire Chattoway’s (Alice’s mother) maid, and good friend. She is also the Alice and Ivy’s nurse/governess. I loved her character; the way she was friends with Claire Chattoway, and how she loved the two girls.
Mr. Knight: Mr. Phil Knight is the owner of Pearlbelle Park, and (SPOILER ALERT) the newfound father of Alice and Ivy. (END OF SPOILERS) He is another character I like as well.
Claire (Molly) Chattoway: Miss Chattoway is a young mother trying to support her two little girls and trying to let go of her path. Kellyn did an amazing job showing her character, and just forming her all together.
Kirk Manning: I loved Kirk’s character (and I love it even more in Ivy Introspective!). I just wished there was more scenes with him included, and was so happy to see that he was also included in book two! He is the stable boy at Pearlbelle Park, and a mischievous boy.
I’m not going to include all the characters here, because there are quite a few, but let’s just say, they are all amazing.
Kellyn did a superb job in writing out the setting. The character’s dialogue was perfect in time with the era she chose, and just the description, the names of the characters added into the touch of remembering that we were dealing with the late 1800’s. And just the way Kellyn described everything in her language as the storyteller, and not just showing it in the character’s dialogue really made me feel I was in the 1800’s as well. I could never do something like that.
The writing was very very good! That’s all I can say. Her writing is prolific!
Although the genre of this book is not usually my type, it was a good and worthwhile read. I didn’t really like the way things ended with them, but I got over it. 🙂
I would recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction. You’ll find it is worth your time and money. 🙂
Go ahead and check out this book! (Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes&Nobles, Createspace, Kobo, iBooks, and Inktera)
Kellyn Roth is also hosting a book giveaway of her two books, so go ahead and
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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.
Follow along on the blog tour:
Tuesday the 20th
Wednesday the 21st
Thursday the 22nd
Friday the 23rd
-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)
Saturday the 24th
-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)
-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)
Sunday the 25th
-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)
Monday the 26th
-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)
Tuesday the 27th
-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)
-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)
Wednesday the 28th
-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)
-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)
Thursday the 29th
-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)
-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)
Friday the 30th
-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)
-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)
-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)
What do you think about The Dressmaker’s Secret? | Will you read TDS? | Will you enter the giveaway? | Are you excited for Kellyn? Congratulate her along with me!