Hello lovelies! Today I am here with a special treat for you! My dear friend and author Kellyn Roth has just released her third book in her series! I have adored this series and . . . Oh wait. . . I should save that for the review. But first off, I am so proud and happy for her! I had the privilege of beta reading several of her books now and I love this series! Let me introduce it to you!
You can Purchase the series here on amazon.
I will break this series up by book briefly, but as a whole, I would like to review the series.
This book is about the beginnings of Alice, Ivy and their mother. This books is rather unique in the standpoint that it is written mainly from the perspective of young Alice, who, if my memory is correct, is nine years old at the time of this writing. Not many historical romances are told from the perspective of one so young and I found it refreshing, enjoyable and quite a treat. The humor was fabulous and I loved the twists and turns. Also, in general, I’m a huge historical fiction buff, and this reminded me of some of my favorite classics such as Elsie Dinsmore, Isabella Alden and Grace Livingston Hill.
This book is about Alice’s twin sister Ivy, who we met in book 1. Ivy is special and has what some today would consider a hard time learning the way most children do. Kellyn handled this subject very will, in my humble opinion and I appreciated getting inside of Ivy’s head and seeing how she works. I also just enjoy Ivy as a character and can relate to her more than I do to Alice, so this book was definitely one of my favorites.
THIS BOOK THO. I love getting to see a more grown up Alice! I adore Kirk as well, and seeing these two previous playfellows navigate the paths of growing up and learning that not everything is the way we always planned it. The romance in this one was awesome. Alice had an attitude of having it all worked out, but when it didn’t work out the way she had planned, her self assurance was definitely shaken. I loved seeing this character placed in a dilemma, it made it all the more real and I really enjoyed the torn-ness that they had to experience.
My overall thoughts on the series:
Overall, I love this series! I love that I can recommend this series to younger girls and they would still enjoy it. My little sister has also read them and she loves them! While some of the topics, especially in book one and three might be a little mature for super young girls, I think Kellyn handled them in a way that was appropriate for young teens. More on that in the content warning. The style is very special to me as I love the old fashioned feel, the large words, and general impression of a time gone by. Most writers, even of historical fiction these days tend to write with a very modern vocabulary and style, while Kellyn’s is much more similar to books published before the nineteen hundreds. And I love that about these books. I also love that the plots are quite deep, with lots of moving parts, a large cast of unique characters, each with their own personalities, and while there are some dramatic plot devices, the overall stories feel down to earth, readable, relatable, and enjoyable.
Content Warning: (highlight to read as this may include spoilers) In book one, Mrs. Knight was married to a man who was the father to her children. He didn’t know he was a father and their marriage was annulled so he married someone else. In book 3, there is mentions of a gentleman having relationships with other women outside of his wife and a son born out of wedlock. Everything is handled in a manner that leaves out the details and would be readable and clean.
Because I love Ivy so much, I decided to interview her! And because book #4 is about her again. EEP! So excited!