The Secret Slipper by Amando Tero & The Lady of The Vineyard by Kellyn Roth {Mini Reviews #1}

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

I really loved this book, a little more than the first one. The action was really good. I thought Raoul would be a teeny bit more happy when he found Ellia, but that’s okay.

I really loved Ellia’s character; stubborn, proud. But I didn’t like Dumphey at all. Sometimes it felt like he was older than Ellia, all though it did mention that he was younger than her.

The writing, the dialogue, the characters, the setting; everything was amazing! It is such a heartwarming novella of faith and a Father searching for his daughter whom he’d thought was dead. I loved this book!

There is no magic, not like the typical Cinderella story you all know, and instead of a Prince, it’s a Father!

Not much content warnings. Bioti slaps Ellia. No romance, no violence. Perfect for tweens or younger, or maybe young adults.

5 stars!

Since her divorce, Adele Collier has pursued her own pleasure at the expense of her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears in their lives, Adele allows him to take Judy to France with him for the summer. The time apart leads her to realize her daughter is the light of her world, yet she’s still not sure she’s ready to give up her lifestyle.

Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade her mother’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever … but someday she must return to England and her mother. However, Judy isn’t sure she can ever trust her mother again.

A novella set in pre-WW2 Europe, this sweet story is sure to delight lovers of light-hearted historical fiction.

Can a family come back together, or has too much time gone past?

Wow. This novella is amazing! I loved Judy and her father. However I don’t think Adele (Judy’s mother) was really keeping Judy away from her father. The book did say that Adele invited him to come to see Judy, but he always refused… That part I didn’t understand. (Kell if you’re reading this, maybe you can give me an answer? XD 😉 ) I also thought Colette sounded too old for her age.

My heart broke for Judy, having only the love of her Granny but wishing her mother wouldn’t neglect her. Especially when she had the talk with her mother. ❤

Kellyn’s writing is amazing, simple to understand, and the setting was perfect. I loved this book and I was really excited when I got it for free today on my Kindle! Unfortunately, by the time I got this post up it wasn’t free anymore. :/ But buy it anyway will you This was a beautiful story that I absolutely adored.

There is some romance, a great book for tweens, teens, and young adults.

5 stars!

About Amanda Tero

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

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About Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth lives with her parents, two little brothers, mad cat Sparrow, and dogs Gidget and Riley. She’s a Christian, country girl, and all-around American. Ever since she could talk, she had a fascination with words, always making up songs and poems. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time writing. Find out more about her and her novels at

Thank you for reading that and I hope you check out these books!

I will be trying to post twice a week from now on, no specific days.

God bless and happy reading!


11 thoughts on “The Secret Slipper by Amando Tero & The Lady of The Vineyard by Kellyn Roth {Mini Reviews #1}

  1. Thanks so much for featuring “The Secret Slipper” (as well as “Befriending the Beast” – I hadn’t realized you reviewed it here 🙂 ). And thanks for letting me know! 🙂 I greatly enjoyed reading it, and it was fun being coupled with Kellyn. 😉

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  2. AAAAH IT’S MY BOOK!!! 😀

    *becomes professional – well, slightly* Thanks for the review, Zielle! I really appreciate you doing this.

    Okay, so, to answer your question … there are some things about that that aren’t 100% clear (or … clear at all). I think some parts are glazed over in that book, it being a novella and me sort of rushing parts (what? I’m not perfect … or even mildly good … 😉 ).

    Anyway, my answer to this quandary would be … Troy did in some ways keep himself away from Judy and therefore does shoulder some of the blame. There’s two sides to everything. First, he didn’t want to expose Judy to too much unnecessary conflict, knowing that he and Adele both needed time to cool off. He was kind of beaten; she’d fought for a divorce and kept him away from Judy and simply been cruel and he didn’t want to fight anymore. Then he was too bull-dog stubborn to visit her when Adele had been so awful to him and basically stolen their child away without consulting him. So yes, it was kind of Troy’s fault, although I think I chose not to write about that. Too complicated for a novella. 😉

    He let her keep Judy as he knew she’d be safe (Millie + Granny wouldn’t let anything happen, and Adele really adored her in her heart of hearts) even though I do believe he could have contested it in court.

    However, if he had of, he might have been denied even visiting rights should it have gotten nasty and Adele have won (which she likely would have, as the mother), so I think he was wise to keep away from that hornet’s nest.

    Yes, he should have visited (and I should have addressed this character flaw), but at least he did finally decide to come see Judy … and to take her away from Adele.

    And so … it was Troy’s fault as much as Adele’s, at least in Troy’s not being there, I suppose. However, I do think a lot of the blame for driving Troy away and making him creep off to nurse his wounds lies with Adele. Not all of it (he should have been stronger, he should have made a way to be with Judy), but I think perhaps Troy wanted Judy to have a somewhat less trauma-filled childhood. It wouldn’t do for her to grow up with her parents quarreling all the time!

    So that was an unnecessarily long comment. But I hope I answered your question? I have waaaay too much backstory for these characters who aren’t really gonna show up in anything other than this one book (and the sequel, shortly). 🙂

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