About the Book
Book: The Dressmaker’s Secret
Author: Kellyn Roth
Genre: Christian historical women’s fiction
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?
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In My Opinion
While this story is told mostly from Alice’s point of view, a couple other points of view enhance the overall plot of the book. Alice longs to know who her father is but the past, filled with broken hearts and broken promises, is complicated to unravel.
Kellyn excels at telling this story from the perspective of an eight-year-old girl who is both curious and smart for her age. But Alice isn’t the only well-developed character. Alice’s sister and the adults—especially their relationships with each other—are written just as well.
I appreciated the way both Alice and her nanny nudge Alice’s mother toward faith in God. The talk to her about their own faith and the hope God gives them but they don’t force anything with her.
There was also a little reveal that came at the end of the book I hadn’t seen coming (although, in hindsight, the correct crumbs to the reveal were dropped).
We only get to know Ivy in this book through other people’s perspectives, but that’s okay because the second book in the series is all about her.
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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. You should definitely call her Kell.
Kell lives on family-owned property outside an unmemorable but historical town with her parents, two little brothers, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, a dozen cows, and lots of chickens. She also possesses a classic, vintage aesthetic which does not at all speak to her country girl side, but such is life.
When not writing, Kell likes to blog, teach writing to her various students, have day jobs which allow her to keep her car properly insured, and spend lavish amounts of money on Dairy Queen french fries.
More from Kellyn
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Bea LaRocca says
Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details, this sounds like a wonderful read
Marisela Zuniga says
The cover looks so pretty!
Roxanne C. says
Writing the main POV in this story through in that of a child is a refreshing change. I thought the book was written from Claire’s POV. I will enjoy the change.