Book 6 is here, cupcakes!!!!
Series: The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy, Book 6 (Ivy #3)
Genre: Christian Historical Women’s Fiction / Family Saga
Setting: Victorian Scotland (1880s)
And they lived … well, happily ever after.
A year into a blissfully happy marriage, Violet Angel admits to a dose of skepticism. She’s not married, granted—but as the closest friend of the bride and groom, she feels she has a perspective no one but the people directly involved could have. There’s no such thing as a happy ending, and it’s only a matter of time before the castle in the sky plummets to earth.
If only Violet were always wrong instead of just mostly wrong. Ivy McAllen doesn’t believe she and her new husband are out of the honeymoon period—if they are, she isn’t going to admit it to herself—but there are certainly areas of adjustment that she hadn’t expected.
Changes at the village of Keefmore and in Ivy’s life lead to complications, and Violet spirals further and further from reality. When a castle in the sky turns out to be more cloud than stronghold, finding a foothold proves more than a little difficult.
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I’ve learned that you never know what to expect with Kellyn Roth, except that it will be deep and carry a good, thoughtful message. This book wasn’t what I expected, and I ended up a little shellshocked, but I still loved it.
The Keefmore setting was delightful, although less detailed than Beyond Her Calling. (Which I missed a little bit!) The writing style was very pleasant—so humorous! I loved seeing Ivy so much more happy and confident than in the earlier books. Jordy, well… he had issues to deal with and wasn’t my fav for 9/10ths of the book. ;P But I loved him for his adoration of Ivy and his honest struggle to care for her. Violet… well, I expected great things of Violet, perhaps a bit too much, but although I am a little disappointed, I think she needed it. And Alice—oh, Alice was splendid and ever so much better than before. ❤ And Peter was a doll, as always and forever he shall be. Also, Aunt Daphne—it was fun to run into her again a couple times. 😉
The plot and messages were not what I expected, although that’s on me for forgetting the warnings the author gave. (Sorry, Kellyn… I have the memory capacity of a fly.) Being about a married couple, a depressed woman, and babies, there’s some adult content in this book, although well handled. See the author’s review [https://www.goodreads.com/review/show…] for full content warning, but I quote a few here: “A few kisses between married couples, not described. Opaque references to a married couples’ private life, including a scene where it’s hinted that something happened. A few references to birth control (in the context of the historical era) and/or family planning. Mentions of and discussions about adultery/lusting after a married person/lust vs. love (nothing happens though). Mentions of periods/monthly cycles. A scene in which a woman gives birth and it is viewed through the eyes of someone who’s not really paying attention to the details. Mentions of related blood, sweat, crying, moaning, etc.” I personally wouldn’t have read this normally, but I trusted the author and couldn’t abandon the series. My trust was justified, in that nothing was over the top, but I was personally a little bit uncomfortable, and I may not reread this particular book until I’m older/married.
I appreciated how the book tackled birth control, something few talk about, as well as the whole submitting to one’s husband but still communicating thing, and about loving and listening to each other “even after the honeymoon stage,” as they say… or maybe handling that stage properly… I don’t know, I’m not married. But what I’m trying to say is, Kellyn Roth has great marriage advice. And I expect it would be good for people about to be married to think about this stuff too.
Anyways, I also loved the message about God-given dreams and Him being in control. (Ivy got way ahead of me, folks. She’s seriously so inspirational in her sweet faith and absolute love!) The plot definitely kept me hooked and I just couldn’t put the book down, wanting to see what happened. I was so happy to see Violet again and she has made so much progress and I am just so excited to see her journey continue. The ending was pretty perfect—even if I wanted to scream at an unfinished arc, but I KNOW it will be finished soon—and hopefully after all this the characters can now begin healing! (Also, Jordy needs to lighten up a little? please?? I miss him too, Ivy!!)
In short, this book was definitely aimed at a mature or married/about to be married audience, but it was still very good, and I was so happy to meet the characters again (and they’re epic). 4.5 stars for personal enjoyment, and I look forwards to book 7… Only a Mother.
A Favourite Quote: “Oh, Ivy. I think most women do. But ye ken … there’s nae rushin’ such things. They take time, an’ some women … They take time for all women, but for some women, th’ time is longer, or it never happens, an’ tha’ is just another way for God tae grow an’ use ye. It’s also Him sayin’ yer callin’ may be elsewhere. So live in th’ moment, but ye must be patient, tae. He’ll bring ye a bairn when He’s a mind tae—an’ if no’, you will have used all th’ time ye have wisely, for His good purposes.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: She called, “Come in!” without looking up, confident that anyone who would come to see her at this time of day was a friend. Then, immediately, fear seized her as she realized she could’ve just told some sort of robber or, worse yet, a stranger to enter her home. Hairs on the back of her neck rose, and she hunched her shoulders.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.*
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About the Author
Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian familSy saga, The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers Series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.
Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory and a writing coach. When not building her author career, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.
Kellyn’s Social Media Links
Wednesday, October 12th
Kickoff by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries
Review by Ryana Lynn @ Life of Heritage Corner
Book Spotlight by Kristina Hall
Thursday, October 13th
Author Interview by M.C. Kennedy @ Graceful Reflections
Friday, October 14th
Book Spotlight by Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks
Saturday, October 15th (RELEASE DAY!)
Launch Day Celebration by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries
Book Spotlight by Emma @ The Book Dragon’s Alcove
Sunday, October 16th
Review by Hannah Martin @ Precious Book Stacks
Monday, October 17th
Review by Joy C. Woodbury @ Discipleship with Joy
Tuesday, October 18th
Review by Katja L. @ Old-Fashioned Book Love
Wednesday, October 19th
A Post About The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries
Thursday, October 20th
Book Spotlight by Grace A. Johnson @ Of Blades and Thorns
Friday, October 21st
Review by Vanessa Hall
Saturday, October 22nd
Review by Hannah Killian @ The Writerly Worm
Wrapup (which will publish in the evening!) by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries