The Dressmaker's Secret

The Dressmaker's Secret


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519732088
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/10/2016
Series: Chronicles of Alice and Ivy , #1
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

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 homeschool grad, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

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The Dressmaker's Secret 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
sandralb 10 months ago
I found this to be a interesting book. For the most part, I liked the characters, some more than others. My favorite characters of course were Alice and her sister Ivy, there mother not so much. Maybe I just didn't get Claire Chattoway. Some times, I did feel sorry for her, for all she had been through. But the majority of the time I just wanted to shake her and say Wake Up. I could not send my young child away to school, although many did in that time period. Also Claire did not spend much time with the girls. She was very fortunate to have great dependable people around her. I truly loved Mrs. Knight, what a wonderful Christian character. I saw what was coming, but still cried. I liked the way the author handled the different sensitive subjects. But that was another reason I did not like Claire. Up until Alice reached a certain age, she never realized everyone had a father, but her. I feel if Alice was old enough to start asking questions about her dad, it was time for Claire to start giving some honest answers, age appropriate of course. I liked this story and was happy with the way it ended. I received a copy from the author through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend “The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1)” by Kellyn Roth! This historical novel for girls twelve and older covers difficult societal and family issues in a totally believable and absorbing fashion. I challenge you to put it down without finishing once you’re immersed in the story of eight-year-old Alice Chattoway and her very real family! 5/5 Pub Date 14 Jun 2017 Thanks to the author and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #TheDressmakersSecret #NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow - color me impressed! What a compelling read with believable characters in a complicated, enthralling tale. Alice reminded me a bit of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She is clever, smart, and refuses to give up. Readers who like the classics (like Anne, or along the lines of The Secret Garden, perhaps) with a Christian focus should enjoy this story very much.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Full of drama There were several POVs in this story, and one was from eight year old Alice. The story is full of drama and scandal, and has an interesting plot. The writing was well done, but could've used a few polishes, but the story was there. It was exciting and the characters were compelling, but needed a little more depth. I did like the story and was very intrigued with Alice. It's raw and dramatic, and the end is surprising.
GNadig More than 1 year ago
This book reminded me quite a bit of the Lamplighter books. It had the same feel and time period as a lot of them, but unfortunately was sub-par in writing quality. I did make it through the entire book, and some of it was enjoyable, so I gave it two stars for that. However, I had multiple issues with it, which I will get to in a minute. The Good: -The characterization was strong, and I felt like I came to know the characters well. -The Dressmaker's Secret had a classic feel to it, and held to the strong moral integrity of bygone ages, while still feeling like a new story. -I liked the premise of the story and the intriguing mystery that was wound through it. The Bad: -While I liked most of the characters, there was an overabundance of them, and the author tried too hard to make each of them an integral part of the story. Also, I felt like telling the story through the eyes of an eight-year-old wasn't a wise decision, and it led to several problems (such as the character making poor decisions, but no consequences resulting, and the story was limited to what the character could know/comprehend). -Plot issues. For the first half or so, the plot was pretty good. Not strong, but good. Then after about the halfway mark, it plummeted. It skipped around in time to explain things which lead to confusion. The worst part however, is a spoiler. Start Spoiler: The author killed off one character in order to solve the family situation and lead to a happily-ever-after ending for the main characters. It really made me mad, and I was very, very disappointed that the author made that decision. It was just a poor writing decision. End Spoiler. Overall, I would say pass on this one. The talent is there, it just needs time to develop and grow. Rating: 2 stars Recommended: No Content guide: Violence: 3/10 (injuries, death) Language: 0/10 (that I can recall) Sexual Content: 2/10 (rumors of children out of wedlock, man sleeping with another woman before his wife, etc) *Many thanks to the author for providing a copy to review* For more book reviews, see
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
Eight-year-old Alice loves and admires her mother, Claire, a seamstress in 19th Century London. But as Alice's curiosity grows around the apparently taboo subject of her absent father, she's determined to find some answers in The Dressmaker's Secret by author Kellyn Roth. This novel has an old-fashioned feel. Here and there, it gave me an impression much like the starkness I've felt while reading Dickens and Brontë (Charlotte more so than Emily.) My favorite parts were those centered on the antics and young struggles of the novel's children, and I couldn't help being reminded a bit of Johanna Spyri's Heidi and her friend Peter, the shepherd boy, during the scenes with Alice and her friend Kirk, the stable boy. I'll admit that modern middle grade fiction is unfamiliar territory for me, as this novel is aimed at an upper middle grade to young adult audience. Yet, while the book's stylistic aspects like the clear melodrama, the childlike or vague explanations, and the excess of exclamation points seem more fitting for children, much of the story's subject matter might be pretty mature for readers younger than teens. At times, I lost the sense of a vital plot behind the novel's course of events. Then as the story headed toward its ending with a rather sudden and convenient solution for the characters' predicament, I felt unsure about whether Claire and Alice were meant to grow and learn a central lesson through it all, beyond their outward circumstances. Still, the novel's mix of faith, mystery, romance, and the perspectives of characters of different ages should appeal to a number of Christian Fiction fans. _________________ I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
silencenomore More than 1 year ago
“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