The Dressmakers Secret by Kellyn Roth - reviewed by Kristine Metoyer

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It comes to the attention of curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway that her father is seemingly nonexistent. After realizing that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice becomes determined to find him and pull her family together. But Miss Chattoway’s answers to her daughter’s questions are vague at best and Alice begins to wonder if she will ever discover her mother’s secret.


Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth lives with her parents, two little brothers, incredibly needy cat, and faithful border collie Gidget on a ranch in the country. She has been reading obsessively since she was seven, writing poetry and short stories since she was eight, and writing novels since she was ten. Her goal is to write historical fiction novels (which slight branches out into other genres) with Christian themes. Her debut novel, The Dressmaker's Secret, can be bought on Amazon.As you know, I’m an author, and so I’m constantly dreaming up novels.
My current project is The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, a series set during the 1870s and 1880s. Each novel revolves around one of two twins, Alice or Ivy. I’ve published Book One, The Dressmaker’s Secret, and hope to publish Book Two, known as Ivy Introspective, in 2017.
At the same time, I have several other novels underway. One is The Lady of the Vineyard, a short story set during the 1930s. I hope to finish it in the next few weeks. Another is The Progressors, a fantasy/steampunk novel, which I am outlining.
Yet another is a fantasy novel, Caught in a Spell, which I have written the first few chapters of, though I’ve decided to set it aside until later notice.

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My Review by Kris Metoyer

The Dressmakers Secret” by Kellyn Roth
 Miss Claire Chattoway is a single mother and subject of town gossip.  The Dressmakers Secret is a historical fictional book, placing us in an era where men still courted women.  Mr. Parker courts Miss Chattoway and a proposal soon follows.  She almost accepts, realizing her daughters need a father. I get the impression most of the society are wealthy.  The writer introduces the characters of butler, maid and cook to emphasize status. The undertone of the book is faith and family.  A proper lady is expected to be married when having children.  Claire remains heartbroken by love, and her controlling father. Her daughters Alice and Ivy are young and inquisitive.  Alice starts asking questions about her father.  Ivy becomes very ill, and her mother seeks comfort in the power of prayer.  The children get invited to stay at Lois Elton of Pearlbelle Park’s Castle.  Alice begins horse riding lessons from Mr. Knight whom resides at the Castle.  He remains an important man in Alice and Ivy’s future.  His character develops embracing heartbreak and a new beginning.  The plot moves along nicely providing an unexpected ending. The Dressmakers Secret is parallel to current events.  The elements featured contain a single mother, heartbreak, blended families, controlling parents, and the need to hold status in society.  I was pleasantly surprised to realize this was a young historical fiction author.  I read the author’s biography after finishing the book. Her characters are complex and consistent.   The next book is in the making.  I give this book a solid 4 stars.  She writes with the heart and depth of an adult.  I hope she continues to write and share her wisdom.  I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review


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