Esther Ashton's New Dress
Esther Ashton’s New Dress, a Christmas short story, is sure to delight an ...more
This weekend, I jumped at the chance to review this short story by an indie author. I ended up reading it the same night, and I really enjoyed it!
At first, I wasn't really sure where the story was going (especially since it only had a couple of pages to play-out), but as soon as scene-two happened, I caught on. And the story was just so precious and sweet! <3
The WWII feel was very well done, and I just wanted to stay and hang out longer with these charact ...more
So I felt like the prose was just okay. Not Kell's greatest, but not awful either.
Again, good but not great! I did like how Esther and Ann were very different people.
Yet again, good but not great. Not a ton happened, but then again, it's not a very long story.
Overall... guess what I'm gonna say? Good but not great. I liked it, I just didn't love it.
Short but sweet~ that essentially sums it up! ...more
Well written and well paced--but there still wasn't enough story for me. I want to hear more of Esther. ;)
A Favourite Quote: “We’re … we’re so blessed, though. We’re safe, and we have food and shelter, and because of … of Mark and all the other millions of men out there, we’re not being bombed. We’re barely deprived of anything, Ann. The rationing can be hard, but … it’s nothing compared to other countries. We are so blessed.”
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “While Ann washes ...more
This felt very much like a period piece-which is good considering it's set in WW2! :P I liked the authenticity of the style. It felt very 40's-esque.
The writing style wasn't my favorite, but still quite enjoyable. Roth has accomplished well-written and amusing prose, something that's not always easy.
There honestly wasn't much time to get involved with characters due to the extremely short length of the story, but Esther seemed a sweetheart nonetheless.
A solid story! ...more
I think I had a hard time connecting with the characters because it was told in first person, present tense. I'm not a big fan of that way of telling a story.
There was a bit of the WW2 feel to the story, but not as much as I would have liked. (Perhaps that's because of how the story was told, and how short it is.)
The relationship between Esther and her sister-in-law was sweet, and I liked that. ...more
This is was a sweet little story! So glad I got to read it. Really short, but had a good theme. I also really loved how it was set during Christmas-time during WWII. That's not something I've ever read before, but I loved it! :) ...more
It took me seven minutes to read this short story (that's what my Kindle app said so I'm trusting that). It ended abruptly and I just felt like there should be something more?? Like better develop the characters or something.
I dunno. Maybe I'm being a grinch.
If you need a fluffy Christmas read, then this is the short story for you. ...more
It was a unique viewpoint—a glimpse into the life of soldier’s sister and his wife, trying to celebrate Christmas as best they can while missing him. ...more
As I won't be finishing A Question of Courage (although I wish I could) before the New Year, Kellyn's story is my last one! I had to reach 30 books before midnight! ;) Again, I loved this sweet short story! <3
I need one of those dresses too! ;)
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ...more
I've been getting super interested in WWII, and this certainly helps feed that obsession.(view spoiler)[if people on my friends list haven't noticed, I've been reading some WWII fiction/nonfiction and putting many on my tbr shelf. (hide spoiler)]
If you're a fan of cl ...more
Thank you Kellyn for allowing me to read and review your book! I loved it!!
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