Hey everyone!! Today, I have the honor to be a part of a super exciting blog tour: the re-release of Kellyn Roth’s book The Dressmaker’s Secret!!
About the Book-
If they knew who she was, they’d never accept what she’s become.
Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter.
Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.
Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?
Genre: Christian historical women’s fiction
Era: 1870s (Victorian)
Setting: England (London, Kent, Yorkshire).
This was such a sweet book!! I’d read it already once before (almost exactly a year ago today), but didn’t remember much, and I was excited to read the updated version!
First off, the characters. Alice is THE BEST. She was smart and perceptive and tenderhearted and loved hard. She reminds me of when I was younger, and she’s just my favorite. She did feel a tad bit mature for her age? but wow I love Alice. Alice and Kell were my FAVORITE: they were SO CUTE together and their little friendship was SO PRECIOUS. Ivy and Claire and Nettie were also so well written; they each had their own characteristics and personalities. I also really enjoyed reading each of the secondary characters as well.
The settings in the book were also really fun: I LOVED the parts where they spent the summer in the countryside. (Of course, it was then where Alice and Kell hung out, so there’s that ;))
The writing style was also really well done: the story flowed smoothly and was paced well (though there were some time jumps that left me a little confused). There were also some really hard topics that were discussed without judgment or condemnation; it was very much an attitude of “people are flawed people, and all we can do is move on,” which I appreciated very much. A quote from the book that I really liked:
“It’s all in the past, and nothing can ever change it. We have only the present to work with, the future to hope for. No use lingering on the past.”
With that being said though, this is definitely not a book for younger readers: there are some topics that, while handled with discretion and tact, are not meant for younger readers. This book is marketed as women’s fiction, and I think that’s pretty apt.
The Christian content in this book was amazing!! God’s grace was repeated throughout the book, and the gospel message was clearly presented. I loved Nettie for her message and her stance, and overall, the Christian message was super well done, which I enjoyed so much!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The characters were well written, the storyline flowed well, and there was a great message!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.
About the Author-
Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who has independently published multiple novels, the most notable being The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series.
She founded the company Reveries Co. to help Indie authors achieve excellence affordably and without delay. Kell teaches writing through the Young Writer Lessons as well as privately and through her blog.
She lives in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon with her parents, two little brothers, conceited beta fish, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, and various cows and chickens.
One winner will receive a paperback copy of The Dressmaker’s Secret and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Blog Tour Schedule-
- 12: Emily Yager // Blog Spotlight // https://emily-yager.com/blog/ ||Kellyn Roth // Tour and Book Intro // https://wp.me/pauHGK-8Af
- 13: Jane Mouttett // Blog Interview // janemouttet.wordpress.com
- 14: Tara // Blog and Instagram Review // www.towerintheplains.wordpress.com // https://www.instagram.com/towerintheplains/
- 15: Jessica Greyson // Instagram Spotlight // www.instagram.com/author.jessica.greyson/
- 16: Michaela Bush // Blog Review // https://tangledupinwriting.com/
- 17: Danny Jacobsen // Blog Spotlight // squishableghost.tumblr.com
- 18: Amie Woleslagle// Blog Review // https://crazyadotblog.wordpress.com || Kellyn Roth // Character Intro // https://wp.me/pauHGK-8Ah
- 19: Mary // Instagram Review // https://www.instagram.com/ive_seen_a_new_world/
- 20: Merie Shen // Instagram Spotlight // https://instagram.com/merie_elight_shen/
- 21: Kylie Hunt // Instagram Spotlight // http://www.instagram.com/thefilmdirectorswife
- 22: Abigail Harris // Instagram Spotlight // https://www.instagram.com/readreviewrejoice/
- 23: Jane Mouttett // Blog Review // janemouttet.wordpress.com
- 24: Hanna T. // Blog and Instagram Review // losingthebusyness.wordpress.com // https://www.instagram.com/hanneasinhannah/
- 25: Lori Parrish // Blog and Instagram Review // http://redheadedblogspot.com // https://www.instagram.com/llparrish_46 || Maya JT // Blog Review // https://mayajt.wordpress.com || Kellyn Roth // Tour Wrap Up // https://wp.me/pauHGK-8Aj