*coughs* I know, I know, I meant to get the exciting announcement post out on Sunday. Well… guess who forgot? (me, in case it wasn’t blatantly obvious) Anyway…. it’s down below, under the review. Don’t skip reading the review though because The Dressmaker’s Secret is an amazing!! book and I’m about to tell you why. 😉
The Dressmaker’s Secret
by Kellyn Roth
(the COVER. I’m not normally a fan of covers of historical fiction books, but this one is 100% gorgeous.)
(taken from Goodreads)
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?
*I call Alice and Ivy’s mom Mrs. Chattoway because spoilers. 😀
I’m so excited to have read this book! I had heard a lot about Kellyn’s books, so I totally jumped at the opportunity to review it.
I love how Kellyn pulled off an eight year old’s POV (actually two! eight year olds’ POVs), though I think (?) she has a sibling around that age, so that might have helped her. Or maybe she has pure talent in writing, which I don’t doubt either. 😉 I loved learning about the characters- good dependable Nessie, curious Alice, and Ivy who everyone thinks is simple but I LOVED HER (I read Ivy Introspective already, so if you haven’t you might think that Ivy’s character is a little under-developed. BUT IT’S NOT. I PROMISE. Read the second book to see what I mean). Ivy’s probably my favorite character. I found Mrs. Chattoway to get under my skin a couple of times at first because of the rather impatient way she dealt with Alice’s curiosity about her father, but I appreciated the way she came to God in the middle and poured out her troubles. Also, I (spoiler! highlight white text) positively disliked Mr. Knight. He seemed real sketchy and strange to me at times and just whyyyy is he now together with Mrs. Chattoway/Knight. Ughhh.
Anyway, characters aside. I love how Kellyn approaches Christianity in this book. It’s not blatantly obvious, but it’s woven in a way where it’s just part of the book and without it the book would just be off. I’m not sure if I explained that well, so if you have questions I’d be happy to explain further in the comments. Kellyn also explains why Alice doesn’t have a father (through Mrs. Chattoway, of course) in a very realistic and appropriate way – which is why I think it’d be totally fine for even a nine year old to read.
Like I mentioned earlier, there are questions raised on why Alice and Ivy don’t have a father. However, these questions are asked and explained from/to an eight year old’s POV, so nothing is explained in detail- just enough to satisfy any reader’s (of any age) curiosity. There is one mention of kissing, but it’s not detailed whatsoever.
Great book! I absolutely loved reading it and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Super excited. 😀 4 stars.
Recommended to 9 year olds+.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Now, onto the…
Guys! Maddy Crone and I launched a website about a week ago, and I’m here to invite y’all to check it out! Here’s the little description she wrote:
NEW SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR INDIE AUTHORS
Looking for more ways to advertise your book? Look no further! Me and my friend Lilian have been working on something special specifically for indie authors and I am so excited to be able to share it today! So without further ado I’d like to share to introduce the brand new website . . .
Stellae Books is a website with the same idea of NetGalley, but for indie books. Indie authors get to put their book(s) on the site, and readers can requests one book at a time to read and review. We do all the work with sending the books out. It’s a great place for indie authors to not only get more reviews of their books, but also to advertise them. There is small fee of $15 to have your book up and available for readers to request for the first 6 months, and $8 every 6 months after that. So only $23 if you want your book up on the website for a year. It’s 100% free for readers. 😀
I am super excited to be able to share this project that we’re been working on, and we can wait to really get this website up and running! Authors : if you’re interested in having your book on the website, please either message me on here or you can go to our website and use our contact form. We really hope everyone enjoys this new website!
So there’s that! *squeals* If y’all are interested, check out the website for more details!
Have you ever read any of Kellyn’s books? What did you think? Also, do you plan on signing up on Stellae Books as a reader or writer? 😀 Can’t wait to see you over there!
Any questions? Feel free to ask below in the comments!