It truly is an amazing thing.
Admittedly, I am new to this whole blogging thing. And unfortunately, I’ve had a difficult time making blogging a priority over the past couple weeks.
In spite of that, one of the best things about the “blogosphere” is the community that it creates. It’s a great way to make contacts and build relationships with people who are passionate about the same things you are.
Although I am not super familiar with the blogging scene yet, I’ve been able to make a couple connections with people who share my interests.
Kellyn Roth is one of those amazing people.
Kellyn is currently taking part in a blog tour (think book tour, but instead of an author visiting bookstores, the blogger is featured on different blogs). I am fortunate enough to participate in Kellyn’s book tour by writing reviews of her books The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective.
The Dressmaker’s Secret
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?
Honestly – what can I even say about this book?!?!
I adore Kellyn’s writing. Her descriptions and her characters instantly pull you into the story. Plus, I am instantly drawn to stories that feature characters searching for their place in the world – especially characters who are children searching for their parents. I’m not sure why I find this so interesting, but something about looking for your family instantly piques my curiosity.
Kellyn’s characters are amazingly well-written. The characters face hard situations, and Kellyn describes their thoughts and actions in a way that is incredibly real and life-like. I always look for characters that I feel like could be real people – Kellyn provides those characters.
**This is a review of the second edition of The Dressmaker’s Secret, published June 2017**
Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.
Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.
Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?
Similarly to The Dressmaker’s Secret, I was blown away by Kellyn’s writing. She has an amazing way with words. I assumed Kellyn’s creativity and ability would transfer to her other books, but I was very impressed by her ability to write another quality work.
My favorite thing about this book is Ivy. Usually, I try not to chose the main character as my favorite (besides the Throne of Glass series – I absolutely love the Aelin). But Kellyn writes Ivy in such a way that you can’t help but love her.
I’m a middle school teacher, and I have at least 8 years worth of experience in working with children. Because of that, I am very sensitive to how children are portrayed in literature. Ivy’s behavior and thoughts are exactly what I would expect from a middle school student. I appreciated the insight and description Kellyn was able to provide.
How Can I Help Support Kellyn?
I know this is a question you all are already thinking.
First off, I would love to that you for taking the time to read through the reviews I’ve written about these amazing books. It would mean a lot if you would pop over to Kellyn’s blog Reveries and show her some love!
If you would like to participate, Kellyn has created a givaway with copies of her books as the prize. You can check it out here.
For information about Kellyn and her blog tour, check out the headings below!
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 high schooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.
Blog Tour Schedule
Tuesday the 20th
-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)
Wednesday the 21st
-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)
Thursday the 22nd
-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)
-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)
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
-Brianna Henderson @ Orthodoxy, Hobbits, and Tea (review of TDS and IvIn)
-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)