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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
“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 ...more
The pl ...more
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 ...more
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!
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)[ helps Violet simply by being her. (hide spoiler)] I love ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Could you back up and explain a little bit?"
"The talking river!"
"It's a fairytale. I don't have to explain."
This was so WHOLESOME. my HEART. I'm EMOTIONAL.
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 ...more
*offers Kellyn all the stars*
STUFFS THAT NEED MENTIONING
- The characters are smol beans who n ...more
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 ...more
Ivy - she's so sweet!! I honestly like her more than Alice! :p Her attitude is so sweet and (view spoiler)[I was happy to "learned" to play the piano! (hide 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)[I'm so glad he got saved!!!! (hide spoiler)]
Miss Selle - she had a serious an ...more
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 ...more
I also believe this sweet book will help readers appreciate the real struggles of mental illness.Kellyn is honest about how God doesn’t necessarily take our struggles away ...more
The characters, most of whom are from The Dressmaker's Secret, are well-developed, and most were necessary(I'll get to the exceptions in a bit). Mr. Parker's struggle was good, because it portrayed such a personality well(I would have a difficult time with that). His actions were laughable, which added humor. Ivy was very sweet, innocent, and amazing. Her 'preaching' ...more
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 ...more
Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women's fiction and romance author. Sound boring? Well, she includes lots of adorable children and mischievous animals—as well as a generous dose of BBC-style drama.
Kell lives on a ranch in North-Eastern Oregon with her family, crazy border collies, conceited fluffy cat, and assorted cows and chickens.
Other than authoring, she blogs, teaches young writers to...more