Review of The Dressmaker’s Secret + Character Interview/Spotlight of Alice

Howdy, Folks!

As you’ve probably already guessed by the title…*drum roll*….I have the pleasure today of participating in the lovely Kellyn Roth’s blog tour in celebration of the publishing and re-publishing of two of her books! *throws confetti* Today I will be reviewing the first book of the series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, The Dressmaker’s Secret, as well as doing a character spotlight/interview of the one and only, Alice Chattoway.  Are ya ready to get into it?!  First is a little bit about the author…

Author Bio


Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

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Now for…

The Review

**This is a review of the second edition of The Dressmaker’s Secret, published June 2017**

I read the second book of The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy: Ivy Introspective, a little while ago as a beta reader, so I was stoked to be able to read and review the first of this series!

First of all…THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL, Y’ALL.  Seriously, if you enjoy historical fiction, The Dressmaker’s Secret needs to go on your to-read list RIGHT NOW!  If my word isn’t enough, just fan-girl with me over this beautiful cover and read the summary!

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The Dressmaker’s Secret

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

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Now rarely do books or movies make me emotional, but I can say differently about this book (WHY DID HAZEL…*cries* LIKE HOW CAN IT BE A GOOD OR A BAD THING?!), which was a major plus.  The characters are beautifully portrayed, and if you don’t get attached to at least one of the characters, well…that’s NOT going to happen!!  Trust me, you will ;P I loved the setting, and in comparison to the other historical novels I’ve read around or during this era, it was perfectly accurate.  It reminded me a lot of the Elsie Dinsmore series (which is a compliment because I adore that series ;D).  On top of that, the plots and twists were wonderful as well-I really can’t think of anything I disliked or thought could have been written better in this book.  5 stars, Kell!!


Are you ready to meet one of the characters?! 😀

 Character Interview/Spotlight of Alice

(my questions numbered and in bold)
1) Did you ever even subtly question that you had a father before that fact was confirmed?
Alice: I don’t think so. I never thought about it … but I suppose maybe I wondered a little. I mean, I knew other people had fathers … like my mother! She had a father. So I wondered a little.
2) How do you see your life 10 years from now?
Alice: I don’t know … that’s such a long time away! How old will I be, Kell?
The Author: 18. Whoa, that’s your age at the start of At Her Fingertips …
Alice: Then I’ll be having my first Season in London, right?
The Author: Young lady, were you reading my outlines?
Alice: Uh …
The Author: Of course, at the end of the book, you’re almost 11, so … you could also be 20 or 21 … which is about how old you’ll be at the beginning of Book 5 (as of yet unannounced).
Alice: Will I be married by then? Will I have Gretchen?
The Author: I’m not giving away any more spoilers. And I never promised Gretchen, so stop acting like she’s a given.
Alice: Oh, I’ll get Gretchen if I want her …
3) Are you’re ‘adventures’ often acted upon mere impulse or more serious contemplation?
The Author: Serious contemplation. Always serious contemplation. Alice doesn’t do impulse.
Alice: I thought I was going to get to answer the questions?
The Author: It’s all right, dear … you wouldn’t have said anything different.
4) After the results of your story and seeing how everything played out, are you more disappointed that your mother withheld from you the mystery of your father for so long?
Alice: I don’t know. I think I am, but then … she was trying to protect me, right?
The Author: Of course she was! She may have been a little misguided, but … yes. She definitely had your best interests in mind.
5) Who are you most likely to confide in: Cassidy and Amorette or Kirk?
Alice: Well, not Amorette.
The Author: Yes, Amorette is something of an open book. She would tell anyone your deepest darkest secrets … or put them in a poem …
Alice: So either Cassie or Kirk. That’s hard. What do you think, Kell?
The Author: I think it depends. I think you’d tell almost anything to Kirk first … unless it was romantically or emotionally related, in which case you’d talk to Cassie.
Alice: Well, I guess Kirk, then … romance is disgusting. I don’t think I like emotions, either.
The Author: *sigh*
6) What is your favorite hobby?
Alice: Horses! I love horses.

So now that you’ve heard a considerable amount about The Dressmaker’s Secret, I’m sure you’re dying to read it, right?!  Well, Kellyn is giving away paperback copies of each of the first two books of the series!


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Need even more?  Check out all of these awesome posts on the tour!

Follow the Tour

Tuesday the 20th
-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)
Wednesday the 21st
-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)
Thursday the 22nd
-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)
Friday the 23rd
-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)
-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)
Saturday the 24th
-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)
-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)
Sunday the 25th
-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)
Monday the 26th
-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)
Tuesday the 27th
-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)
Wednesday the 28th
-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)
-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)
-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)
Thursday the 29th
-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)
-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)
Friday the 30th
-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)
-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)
-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)
Have you read TDS or IvIn?  Do you plan to?  How many more novels do you think should be in this series?