With Marlie gone, who can Judy rely on?
Goldfish Secrets is the short story prequel to The Lady of the Vineyard.
It works very well as a stand alone though! The plotting was just enough to get me to hang on until the end. I enjoyed it very much! Some points made me want to cry (no spoilers) and some made me smile.
Honestly, Judy, Marlie, Granny, and Mother were all cute characters that worked well together, and had a lot of depth. I can’t ...more
UPDATE: My 5 and 2 yr old nieces let me read it to them, too!
I wanted a short read and this one fit the bill perfectly.
The characters were super sweet. I felt so sad for little Judy. I just wanted to hug her and help her however I could. And I love her name for her fish.
I thought all of the dialogue was accurate to the time period and age of the person.
This was a super short story, but there was still a good plotline in it. I liked it. Even though it is so short, it could have still used perhap ...more
Fairly good. It's a short story, so I didn't feel as if I got a long time to get adjusted to Kellyn's particular style for this story, but I do like how it depicts Judy. It feels like a child's voice.
I LOVE the characters! There is such a good portrayal of Judy and her mother.
Another thing I loved! I especially like how the plot itself reveals that (view spoiler)[Judy's mother does care for her! (hide spoi ...more
Overall, I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!!
*I received this book as an arc from the writer. This did not have to be a posi ...more
Take at least five minutes of your time and read this...once it's out there anyways. ;)
(Why the '#0.8'??!)
Judy is the sweetest! I loved seeing her character when she was younger, versus when she's older in the rest of the series. Her grandmother was really sweet, too.
I really loved how Judy's best friend was a goldfish. Her relationship with her mom was really sad, but what's to be expected out of Adele?
All in all, I loved Goldfish Secrets, and would highly recommend it, as well as the Lady of the Vineyard series.
Full (er, kinda) review is up on my blog: http://novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors....
**I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review**
Though Goldfish Secrets is definitely a stand alone it sets up a good picture of Adele (Judy's mother) for the novella that follows it.
This is a clean read and recommended for any age!
Judy is the most adorable little girl; the epitome of innocence and childishness. Kellyn Roth is excellent at writing children. Judy focuses on simple things, but she needs someone to trust. That's a big, not-so-simple ...more
I've read both novels in the series so far, and this short story makes a perfect addition to it! Goldfish Secrets gives us an early insight into both Adele's and Judy's lives as prequel to The Lady In the Vineyard. This was one of those reads that made me feel nostalgic, and really reminded me of the fish I used to adore as a child. I loved my betta fish, Richard. <3
I have to say that their relationship is sweet and salty, with Judy being so ado ...more
So, even if ...more
Judy is a darling little girl whose closest friend is a goldfish named Marlie that she received as a gift. The author quickly pulled you in and had you feeling for the character, her life, and family. I loved the ending, it gave a fe ...more
Sweet, short, relatable this is a darling little story from Kellyn Roth, to be treasured and perused again.
***I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for an honest review**
I received this e-book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
This is such an adorable and yet bittersweet tale. You can't help but feel for the young girls struggle. It is well worth the five-ten minutes it takes to read.
Goldfish Secrets, a short story prequel to Kellyn's novella The Lady of the Vineyard, is a delightful look into the early days of Judy's life and relationship with her mother, Adele.
It was a darling story that would be perfect for any age! While reading it, I was thinking that it would be great for a read-aloud for small children. Although it was more enjoyable to me since I'm familiar with the characters, but it could be read as a stand-alone.
Definitely recommended! ...more
-One of the main events (Marlie dying. I'm just going to say that because it even says it in the summary) happened rather fast, but I loved the descriptions before it!
-Judy's Mother went through a big change there, wow. She was so mean at first!!!
-I like that Judy has a nice Granny who loves her! ;)
-The cover is nice! :D
-I kinda want to know more about Aunt Millie because it d ...more
Kellyn Roth has been writing stories since she was seven, though she wrote quite a few (awful) poems and songs before that. Nowadays, she pens Christian & Historical Fiction, including lots of adorable children and mischievous animals - as well as a generous dose of BBC-style drama.
Miss Roth lives in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge with her parents, two little brothers, crazy border collie...more