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Ivy Introspective

(The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Trapped in a world where she doesn't belong, twelve-year-old Ivy struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

After much thought, Ivy's parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for girls and boys like her. However, scared and worried away from
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Published June 24th 2017 by Kellyn Roth
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Kellyn Roth
Ivy Introspective is now available on Amazon:

I'm super excited about this book! I can't believe it's finally out in its final form!

For the time being, at least, it is free on Kindle Unlimited. ;-)


Victoria Lynn
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a delightful tale with endearing characters and lovely writing. I can't wait to review it further upon publication! ...more
Kellyn Roth
It's probably cheating just a bit to rate your own book five stars ... but oh well. Everyone else is doing it, so I'll continue on until Goodreads bans me. ;)

The second book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy follows the story of Ivy Knight, Alice's younger sister. This Christian Historical novel can be read as a standalone. Recommended for ages 12-18.

I'd never intended to write about Ivy, so this was an interesting book to write! I actually had to come up with something for once instead of just
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12-year old Ivy struggles to get along as easily as her twin sister Alice at Pearlbelle Park their new home. When her parents hear of a boarding school, McCale House, they decide to send her there, where a doctor can work out the best way to draw Ivy out of her own mind.

I LOVED the characters found in Book 1: The Dressmaker's Secret and you can read my review here. I quite welcomed the opportunity to return to Alice and Ivy's world. From the sta
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
First off, bravo!!!! Encore!!! Amazing job, Kellyn! These books have to be among my favorite historical novels I've read. I enjoyed this one a bit more than I did The Dressmaker's Secret, but they both reminded me somewhat of A Little Princess. Maybe it's the setting, or the time period, or the sweet little girls (or all three), but I LOVED it. A Little Princess has always been a favorite for me, and the relation of the books to it but also how they were different made it a splendid read.

The pl
Grace Johnson
So, again I come to you with a lack of propriety and organization. Why? Because who needs all that stuffiness when you’re gushing about a book? Not me, that’s for sure!

It’s difficult to categorize Ivy Introspective—or any of The Chronicles of Alive and Ivy. It’s too weighty and maturely written for middle-grade, and yet reading about Alice and Ivy brings back a childlike perspective. I’d like to term it refreshing, but Ivy Introspective is anything but. There are undertones of darkness and conf
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Trapped in a world where she doesn't belong, twelve-year-old Ivy struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.
After much thought, Ivy's parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for girls and boys like her. However, scared and worried away from her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can't seem to focus.
Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is try
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I was an editor on this book. No review was required. These are my honest thoughts.

Such a charmer! I simply adored Ivy’s story. There were lovely surprises and shocking moments and wonderful twists. The pacing was great, and I really enjoyed the characters, especially Ivy and Violet and Jordy and Nora. The journey of discovery within these pages was lovely and kept my interest throughout. This was exactly the story Ivy deserved, and I’m so happy that the series is continuing. I w
Merie Shen
Review and rating to come closer to publication. Though I wish said publication could come sooner!
Katja Labonté
5+ stars & 6/10 hearts. I enjoyed this book way more than the first one. In the first place, I really liked the characters much more. I loved Alice & Ivy & Nora and all the other characters at the McCale House. I didn’t like Claire quite as much in this one…? I feel like she changed and became a little less loving towards Ivy. But I liked Philip a lot more and I was so happy to see his relationship with Ivy. Also, Nettie. She’s still amazing even if she barely shows up (I WANT MORE NETTIE!!).
Marguerite Gray
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am planning on following Kellyn Roth through her career. She is a model of finding your passion and pursuing it. Wow, she is a teenager on a mission. This is Book 2 of the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. One of my favorite passages is "...when they sense that the grownup in charge of them is tingling all over with anticipation, worry, doubt, and all those splendid emotions that keep the soul walking through glass." I look forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this is SUCH a dear book! Definitely one of my favorites that I’ve read this year. I have a feeling it will make my top 3 at the end of the year! These characters are just so authentic and downright HUGGABLE. The story is sweet and wonderful with a hint of heartrending here and there. The topic is fresh and focused, and I love that it was an exploration of mental illness and learning disabilities that was chose as a representation of the realities of living with those conditions versus anoth ...more
Mya Gray
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, indie-published
4 Stars
I loved this! Ivy is such a sweet and interesting main character. I loved her and Violet’s friendship and the way Ivy grew while she was at the McCale House. Her perspective was well done.
The only thing I didn’t love is how a certain ship turned out in the end. It seemed a little rushed and unauthentic. But overall this was a great read and I’m looking forward to the next one!
Loretta Marchize
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
First of all, can I just say that Kellyn did a great job of writing Ivy and Violet? Violet is just wonderful (well, not in that way) she's fully developed, has issues, but isn't always just an angry person.
Jordy was interesting, but we don't find out much about him. Maybe we will in the future? (Kellyn?)
Ivy.... oh Ivy is amazing. I love that she doesn't always know what's going on even when the reader does. I love that she (view spoiler) I love
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, favorites
Wow, this book was good. Probably my favorite of the whole series.

Ivy Introspective is about Ivy, who has high-functioning autism. I wasn’t really sure how this would play out at first, but my doubts died away pretty quick, because Kellyn wrote about Ivy’s condition with a really soft hand that wasn’t condescending at all + with a familiarity of that subject, which I was very appreciative of.

Also, in the story Ivy gets sent to a boarding school named McCale House (not a spoiler- it’s in t
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pls first go read my review of book one because I said all the important stuff about plot and writing there. Here I am just saying a couple of things about the characters.

In book two, there is Ivy's pov, and again, I was slightly skeptical, wondering how that would come out. Ivy is, after all, a bit more simple minded than others. WELL I NEED NOT HAVE WORRIED. IT WAS TERRIFIC. No less interesting than Alice's.

Another thing about book two. We have the perspective and story of Mr. Parker, who is a
i'm not crying, you're crying. (that's a lie i'm totally crying)

"Could you back up and explain a little bit?"
"About what?"
"The talking river!"
"It's a fairytale. I don't have to explain."


Okay hold on let's get a hold of ourselves here.

So this was pretty much perfect. A couple of years ago, I read At Her Fingertips and Beyond Her Calling and fell in love with both of them. (And yes, I read The Dressmaker's Secret too) But somehow this one got mi
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was so sweet and gave me all sorts of good feels by the end (especially about Jordy...let's all just fangirl over him, shall we?). I loved Ivy--so sweet and just trying to figure out things. (view spoiler) And then Violet was so harsh and yet broken and she just needs a hug. And then Jordy was so awesome, and I want to actually meet him 'cause he'd be so ...more
Daisy Paquet
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I *love* this book! It's kind of something I've never seen before because neurologically atypical MC in HISTORICAL CHRISTIAN FICTION doesn't happen so often? But this was INCREDIBLY well done and just ADORABLE and I can't even.

*offers Kellyn all the stars*
Mar 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie, my-favs
Author: Kellyn Roth

Review: 5 Stars!

Controversial: (view spoiler)

Age recommendation: 13+

Review: This book forever has a special place in my heart. ♥️ I love that this book touches the topic of special needs. And all the characters at the McHales House are so sweet!
I have no reasons to dislike this book at all. My only note of concern to other readers is that one of the characters
Sarah Briel
Dang, I'm just getting emotional, which is weird. :P Alright, so Ivy Introspective is the sequel to The Dressmaker's Secret, focusing on 12 year old Ivy as opposed to The Dressmaker's Secret which had Alice as the main character. This one was naturally, stronger in some points and weaker in others .... I liked it quite a bit more than the original The Dressmaker's Secret, but probably about equal with the updated one? Anyway ...

- The characters are smol beans who n
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Really impressed! While this sometimes is a sorrowful tale, it's also quite a cozy read. I think this sequel is even better than the first book in the series. Perhaps it's just because I could connect better with the characters through Ivy's perspective. (And still, what a beautiful cover these books have!)

Ivy's family knows she was born simple, that she "struggles to cope with the world". Her senses are very, well, sensitive -- to things like loud noise, bright lights, or being overwhelme
Tara Savanna
In this series, Kellyn Roth has created realistic characters navigating believable scenarios. In this second book, we learn more about Ivy, what she is dealing with, and what is going on in her head. It was such a pleasure to watch her grow as I read this book.

Miss Roth delicately deals with things like abuse and mental issues through her characters during a point in time where not much was known about them, much less discussed or dealt with. I appreciate her approach to these subjects and how
Mazzy Mitchell
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Wow, it was hard to decide whether to give this four or five stars, honestly. But I think it deserves the honor. Ms. Roth is an excellent author and this is really a step up from The Dressmaker's Secret, in my opinion. Ivy is a much more relatable character, the story is more gripping and emotional, and I was not expecting such a character like Violet. Roth does an excellent job with Violet's character. She's probably my favorite character in the book. <3 The book isn't preachy either. I think y ...more
Well, I finally finished this! ;)

The Characters:
Ivy - she's so sweet!! I honestly like her more than Alice! :p Her attitude is so sweet and (view spoiler)
Violet - *coughs* She has some difficulties, but I still liked her!
Posy - :D
Mr. Parker - what can I say? I have to be honest and say I like him, but he still drove me crazy too! And what flirt! (view spoiler)
Miss Selle - she had a serious an
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Actual rating: 4.5

Ivy Introspective is a five-star book. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it and there's so much here to love. (Jordy, for example.)

For my enjoyment of it, however, I'd probably give it four just because I did enjoy it less than The Dressmaker's Secret...

So I settled on 4.5.

This book tackled some tough things, just like the last book did- though in a completely different sphere. I think Kellyn Roth handled her subject matter and characters beautifully. It was a very true r
Rebekah Duncan
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the first book in the series, but I was pleasantly surprised! The characters were just as endearing as I remembered them, and Violet's character was very developed and interesting, which I liked. The only thing I didn't like was the subplot of Miss Selle. I just couldn't seem to keep interested in it. But other than that, it was a delightful read! 😊 ...more
Previous books in this series:
The Dressmaker's Secret by Kellyn Roth (Alice and Ivy #1)

This was such a sweet book! I didn't know how much I would like reading a book from the perspective of Ivy, since I enjoyed Alice's so much; however, it was done super well! It never felt slow or stilted, and I actually really fell in love with Ivy's narration style!

Overall, I think I liked this story line better than Alice's (from book 1): the storyline and narrative was a lot more internal (i.e., happening i
Angie Thompson
So, I freely admit that I waited much too long after reading The Dressmaker's Secret before I picked this one up, but I was a little disconcerted at the way it picked up where the other left off without much explanation at all. I found myself not remembering several important things--like how old Alice and Ivy were supposed to be or who exactly Mr. Parker was--that weren't explained until well into the book. I know it's my fault for taking so long, but a bit of a refresher would have been helpfu ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
As an educator I like to see people of differing abilities represented in the books I read. In Ivy Introspective Ivy has a hard time relating to people. Author Kellyn Roth doesn’t specify a diagnosis for Ivy but to me she displays traits of having Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since Ivy Introspective is set in the Victorian Era, Roth did research into the time period in order to accurately portray the setting. She admits in her note at the end that while she could find no evidence of anything like t ...more
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Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.

Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory, a

Other books in the series

The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy (5 books)
  • The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #1)
  • At Her Fingertips (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #3)
  • Beyond Her Calling (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #4)
  • A Prayer Unanswered (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #5)

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