The Dressmaker’s Secret is a Christian historical novel by author Kellyn Roth. This is geared toward women and has a light romance as well as a mystery. Having never read anything by this author before, I really did not know what to expect. It was a page turning, pleasant surprise to find a new author that I like.
This is the story of Claire Chattoway and her daughters, Alice and Ivy. She is a single mother trying hard to protect her children in all areas of life. Precocious daughter Alice wants to find her father. Alice believes he is the key to her mother’s happiness. Unwed mothers are taboo so Claire’s story is only known by her long time maid.
I could not put this book down as different scenarios played through my mind. The story is fast paced and characters are complex. The English dialog is quaint and believable. The author uses vivid descriptions that placed me smack dab in the center of her story. It was wonderful.
There are timeless spiritual and life lessons woven throughout this captivating story. I noticed as I read certain sections that I would nod my head in agreement. It is a very lovely story with twists and turns galore. This just happens to be Book One in the Alice and Ivy Chronicles. I am eager to read the second book.
I highly recommend this splendid novel. Escape to England and make a few friends by reading it. It would be a great book club selection. I happily rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but this is my own, honest opinion.
About the Book
Book: The Dressmaker’s Secret
Author: Kellyn Roth
Genre: Christian historical women’s fiction
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?
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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
I’ve honestly never rewritten a book as many times as I rewrote The Dressmaker’s Secret, and I hope I never do.A first draft flew out of me one November when I was fourteen, and before the next November had come around, I’d gone through twelve drafts, changed points of view multiple times, and eventually rewrote the whole thing from scratch.The ending especially went through many, many versions … until at last I settled on the final. Or so I thought.Not long after, some more issues were called to light, and I revised again. And again. Years passed. I went through over twenty-five drafts! And, at the time, I liked all of them. Would I ever like one for longer than a month, though?Well, turns out, it was possible! I’m over a year and a half into loving my draft of The Dressmaker’s Secret – e.g. the published draft – and that’s not likely to change any time soon.This book taught me a lot. It practically taught me how to write – and edit! – a good book, and it made me really focus in on quality, even when it took some humility to admit I was wrong and critics were right – or, sometimes, that my gut was right. It taught me to not give up on something I love. It taught me that the risks I always wanted to take are worth taking. It taught me that no mistake is too great to be corrected … well, in some ways, at least.And it taught me that there’s a great God out there who has grace for all my delays and mistakes and learning experiences.So, that’s the story of how The Dressmaker’s Secret came to be written!
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To celebrate her tour, Kellyn is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of both The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective, as well as a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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