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Kees & Colliers #1

Souls Astray

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Adele has been lost for a long time now ...

Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.

Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in charge of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?

When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?

417 pages, Kindle Edition

Published May 4, 2019

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Kellyn Roth

27 books909 followers
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 and a writing coach. When not building her author career or her indie-author-helping business, Wild Blue Wonder Press, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.


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Author 27 books909 followers
May 19, 2023
Note to the Reader:

This is an earlier work by me, but it will remain live. It may be enjoyed by some, but there is no guarantee!

Letter to the Book:

Dear Souls Astray,

To think you were supposed to be a short prequel.

I don't think God ever really intended you to be a prequel, though. I think He knew that you would be a full-length novel, and I think He knew that you would be the start of this series, and I think it's simply another testament to His goodness that you became all He needed you to be despite my stumblings.

I wrote you during the hardest point in my life. I was buried in my own sin - I was lost to the world - I was grieving so heavily. Days before I began writing you, I lost my beloved grandfather, who was in many ways the stabilizing influence on my life. The only person, at least to my depressed and guilty mind, who loved me unconditionally.

Now I know that was just a lie being fed to me by the sin within me, but at the time, it felt as if everything had come crashing down. I wanted to die. Maybe I felt it would be better if I did die.

But I couldn't die - I wasn't brave enough to die, fortunately - so I wrote. And wrote. And wrote.

The words poured out of me and became this novel. 110,000 words written in a month. 60,000 of which were on this novel.

And maybe you are messier for it. No matter how I edit you, a degree of messiness remains, a testament to where I was and what I've become, by the grace of God.

For those who would seek to read this novel, know that this passion project, which I sometimes love and sometimes hate, is not an easy read, nor is it my best writing. However, it certainly is full of the raw emotions of a lost teen who felt so inadequate, so heartbroken, so empty, so astray.

And that same teen found her way back to God because no matter how deep the Valley, He walks alongside us, loving us, waiting for us, knowing that each step brings us closer to Him.

Official Content Guide for Souls Astray:



Expressions: gosh (x3), for heaven's sake (x2), my goodness (x1), for goodness' sake (x1), thank goodness (x2), goodness knows (x2)


Nothing on-page.

The novel begins during WWI and there are mentions of war-related things such as violence, death, and injury. Various characters die during this war off-screen.


A main character is propositioned by her boyfriend; she refuses to spend the night with him and in general, refuses to sleep around despite living a somewhat promiscuous lifestyle otherwise (see below). Later, it's insinuated that the main character's standards have dropped & she may be sleeping around, but nothing is definitely stated or shown.

Two unmarried characters are kissing, it gets a little hot and heavy, and one of them decides not to go any further despite the other disagreeing that this is necessary. However, it's very low on detail.


The Spanish flu happens, and there is an undetailed description of a person dying of this somewhat violent, scary illness.

The main character is known for dressing immodestly, drinking and smoking, partying, etc. Alcohol abuse happens mostly off-screen.

Emotional and verbal abuse takes place toward the beginning of the story. Children are unloved or neglected by their parents.

A group of ladies at a church gossip about our main character and bully her into leaving their church.

Undetailed description of labor, talk about childbirth, and hints that a character is dealing with post-partum depression.

Overall, it's not super happy.


I'd recommend 16+ for this book unless you're mature, which many of you are because you've read the Bible, and it has matured you to the point of Judah and Tamar, which is honestly more explicit than this novel. That said, it's not a shiny-happy book, so read with caution.


~Kellyn Roth~
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Author 54 books461 followers
April 29, 2019
So, I got into this story being forewarned it was heavily inspired by All's Quiet on the Western Front and The Great Gatsby. But it wasn't until further into the story that I learned that Gone with the Wind was apparently an influencer also (the relationships, not the era)! All three together! I was not ready for that.

But this heartbreaking story needed to be told and read, and indeed about two souls astray. It's an old tale, too- the bad girl and the good boy; something always has to give, and it's never what you want...

Also, the cover is gorgeous, so there's that.

So, if you feel emotionally capable of reading a blend of three great tragedies, go for it. It's a story that will not soon leave you. But you have been warned...

I received a copy of this book from the author, and the opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Katja Labonté.
Author 19 books194 followers
June 20, 2022
4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this hook. I knew it was more somber in tone, and dealt with harder topics than even the Chronicles of Alice & Ivy, and I was just a little apprehensive as I started it. I needn’t have been. Kellyn Roth is perhaps the only author I know who can so boldly tackle really hard topics and handle them without whitewash and with a boastful of grace and tact.

The dual France-England setting was quite fun. As a bilingual, I loved that Troy’s family was bilingual, and it was very well done! The author captured the feeling and flavour of WWI–1920s England. And the writing style was frankly quite amusing—typical Kellyn Roth sarcasm permeated every page.

The characters were something else. Adele I hated and loved at once. I pitied her and felt for her and understood her, but I hated and despised her choices and actions. Troy was a sweetheart, yet he was also an idiot and I couldn’t help shaking my head at him for his deliberate sabotaging of his own life. Lola & David and Mr. + Mrs. Kee were all lovely in their own way. I liked Kenneth too, but the rest of the Colliers were just ughhh. Uncle Caleb was nice though, and Hemingway was fun. Finally, Millie was such a sweetheart!

The plot was quite interesting, tracing Adele’s descent into utter rebellion because of her mother’s unkindness & harshness, and Troy’s descent into loneliness and longing for a soulmate. Their time together was bittersweet, and then the ending was heartbreaking… The message about choosing your spouse wisely was poignant.

Overall, it’s a sweet, sad, gripping book, and I’m eager to see the redemption that begins in the next book.

Content: Adele dresses immodestly, drinks & smokes, dances with guys & makes out lightly but draws the line at sleeping with them, although people think she doesn’t. She offers herself to Troy before the marriage after a kissing session (he turns her down). Later on it is mentioned Adele’s standards drop and it’s insinuated she may have begun sleeping around. Nothing is detailed, just mentioned, but I’d say ages 18+.

A Favourite Quote: “Does God still love us?” His voice was hushed, but his mother caught it. “Oui. He always loves us.” Maman squeezed her son’s shoulders. “But sometimes it’s all right to question. God is prepared for all our questions. You can go to Him.”
A Favourite Beautiful Quote: Hurt was old-fashioned. It was for a time everyone wanted to forget, for a war that made all wars before it seem tame. Now was the era of glamor. Pain gilded over with sparkly jewels.
A Favourite Humorous Quote: “I suppose you don’t know much of anything.” She backed up to sit on the edge of the bed. “You’re a bit new.” Adele smoothed her fingertips over the baby’s cheek. “That’s all right. You’re a bit new to being a baby, and I’m a bit new to holding one. But I think, given the practice we’ve had at our individual roles, we’re doing quite well.”

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.*
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2,448 reviews1,337 followers
May 25, 2019
I loved this book! It's a colorful (and at times heartbreaking) account of one girl's life and marriage. After WW1 forever changes her family, Adele is left with a troubled idea of who she can trust and with her values twisted by grief. Troy, also changed by the war's mark on his family, doesn't think twice when he meets a beautiful young woman, but jumps into marriage feet-first. There's a lot for these two to learn. Do they have any chance at happiness? Where is God in their story?

Well written and impossible to put down.

Thanks to the author for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.
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Author 5 books77 followers
May 4, 2019

Wow, what a story! So accurate in the portrayal of the moral downfall following WWI. And the problems that face those unequally yoked. It's a riveting, well-written story and I can't wait for the next.
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527 reviews180 followers
Shelved as 'dnf'
July 9, 2019
DNF-ing this for one reason and one reason only: it's on my phone and I don't feel like trying to read a book on my phone right now xD I'll almost surely get to it next time I'm travelling, though. I really enjoyed what I read so far!
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582 reviews113 followers
May 29, 2019
My heart huuuurts ahhhhhhh

I have a love-hate relationship with prequels and this is the prime example of why. I absolutely loved seeing Adele and Troy's life stories. I had wondered how exactly it all went down leading up to The Lady of the Vineyard, so I was pumped to learn about it first hand. But goodness gracious, my emotions!! were all over the place!! ahhhhh!!! Because I knew where they ended up at the beginning of TLotV and thus I knew the whole thing was going too well and then I was SAD.
As far as the characters go, I'm still kind of meh about Adele. I understand her more now, but she's just not my cup of tea, I think. But let me just say, Kellyn has such a way of making me fall in love with her male leads. Peter? Yes. Jordy? Oh yes. Troy?? My sweet baby child who did nothing wrong and deserves only the best in this world. He needs a hug. I wanna give him a hug.
Other things Kellyn did really well:
- the setting, both historically and location-wise
- writing kids (she's really good at that, man)
- writing three very different family dynamics and making them all fully fleshed out and interesting.
- "funny how someone dying meant that one spent ages working on trying to get money transferred and all other sorts of things that really didn't matter, that one really didn't care about because a dear person was gone. but one had to." TRUE
- the faith content. it's not preachy, but it's great. and she's honest about the short-comings of the church, how we're imperfect sinners, but how there's still redemption to be had.
- the scene where troy came into the flower shop was the cutest thing ever OOF.
- making me feel ALL the things.

Basically, if you haven't read a Kellyn Roth book and you like hisfic romance at all, what are you even doing with your life? Go read her books.

4 out of 5 stars!

**I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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236 reviews42 followers
January 18, 2019
Review to come upon publication! :)
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Author 32 books217 followers
August 12, 2019
My Review
Genre: WWI, Historical, Romance, Drama, Christian fiction.

My Rating: 5 stars.

My Recommendation: 16 up for romance.

My Favorite character/s: In this whole series I’ve loved Troy . . . But, I was really a fan of Adele, sure, I felt bad for her and didn’t care for her this novel brought her to light as a wounded girl who grew into a woman that though she didn’t know she wanted it she needed to be love. Seeing Adele in Souls Astray made me love her and see even more that she wasn’t just a harsh woman in The Woman Of The Vineyard, it showed her as a hurt woman who needed forgiveness.

My Verse for Adele is Matthew 11:28

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (King James Version.)

Troy is the kind of guy that you can’t help liking. Follows God, loved his little girl, and puts up with cranky Harrington. Pretty much he’s a wonderful character, he’s my favorite character of the series second to Judy who is completely adorable!

My Verse for Troy is Ephesians 5:25

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;(King James Version.)

My Thoughts: I loved the insight into characters that I’ve enjoyed reading about in the other books of the series, Souls Astray was likely the saddest of the series and I wanted to throw my book but alas I was reading on my kindle and that wouldn’t have ended well so I resisted the urge plus it would have made me lose my place if my kindle shut off. And that ending was so HEARTBREAKING!!! Poor poor Troy! Poor Adele! And poor Judy! And if my review didn’t convince you to try the book just look at the beautiful cover and I’m sure you’ll be convinced!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it . . . Having an ARC before the book released is amazing

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Author 25 books154 followers
January 9, 2021
This book was my favorite of the series. I enjoyed the back and forth looks at Troy and Adele through their childhood and later in life. Even though I disliked Adele and disagreed with most of her choices, I found her SO relatable! I found myself agreeing with/relating to so many of her thought processes, wrong though they might be - and this story showed an excellent portrayal of what happens when we follow our logic and our own minds/happiness instead of turning to and following God.
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65 reviews11 followers
December 18, 2019
I want Troy as a brother. Or as a son (though I'm probably not really old enough for that yet...). Can I at least give him a giant motherly hug? He needs it and I just love him like that. This story was so heartbreaking. I got emotionally invested with the characters and I just really loved this book.
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142 reviews
May 2, 2019
I loved having the backstory to TLOTV! Although the two insta-lovey couples were not my favorite, it was a very well-written book.
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Author 1 book75 followers
April 9, 2022
What a story! WW1 and post-WW1 is an era that has slowly been capturing my interest for several years, and Kellyn paints a realistic picture of life after the war and the moral decline that inevitably followed. I’m not a fan of the “love at first sight” thing, but it works in the story…in a way that shows the dangers and problems, rather than a happily ever after.

I love Troy with all his big brother protectiveness of Lola and his comical interactions with Harrington. He is such a sweetheart. While I didn’t completely like Adele or approve of her choices, I found her struggles and thoughts often painfully relatable. In a lot of ways, she reminds me of Alice Knight from the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, also by the author.

Okay, on that note…let’s talk about Uncle Caleb Knight. I grinned so big when I made the connection to the Alice and Ivy series! :)

Looking forward to diving into the rest of the series!
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Author 1 book49 followers
December 13, 2019
Mm, I dont know what to say.....
Cean, very well written, but the story crushed my heart! It was so hard to see everyone go through this. It was... emotional. I can't cry for books or movies, but I almost cried reading this.

I DID enjoy it - not like having fun enjoyed it, but it was a good book.
And I must read the Lady of the Vineyard. MUST READ IT.

Honestly, I had no idea what to rate this. It had my emotions, attention, my heart -- and even though it wasn't an easy read, it deserves five stars. (Now I'm going to track down the next book 😏)
645 reviews2 followers
September 24, 2019
A complicated life

Adele is in so much pain at this point she really hates herself. She does not know how to act or to treat others. She is so afraid of life and love.
1,561 reviews20 followers
June 15, 2022

I have read several of Kellyn Roth’s books but this one has a little different feel to it, but I still love this one as I did the other books. This one is pretty fast pace and covers a lot of time. Meeting Troy and Adele was a pleasure and I enjoyed their whirlwind romance. Roth creates characters that are well written and developed so well throughout the story. I felt I could relate to some of the story and characters, making it more realistic to me.

There’s a lot going on in this book but I think Roth does an exceptionally good job weaving everything into an ending that has me wondering what will happen in book two of this Kees and Colliers Series. I’m happy to give Souls Astray by Kellyn Roth Five Stars! This is a beautifully written story that anyone who loves Christian fiction, or a good clean read will love it.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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415 reviews21 followers
August 12, 2019
I read this book last, after reading the other three in the series, and in retrospect, that may have not been the wisest decision ever. This fleshes out the backstory that is mentioned throughout the following three books, adding a bit of life and color to the story. However, since I had read it out of order and already knew all the main points, I didn’t find the story nearly as gripping as I hoped it would be. Still, I enjoyed meeting the characters when they were younger, and if you’re looking for a not too deep, but not too fluffy read, you might enjoy this.

There was one place that I struggled with some; a man who supposedly had very strong convictions one way switched nearly overnight without a lot of provocation. That didn’t feel realistic to me, and I was sad that happened. In all, it’s a fairly good book, though, but not the most engaging I’ve ever read.

The author sent me a free copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.
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82 reviews5 followers
March 7, 2023

I've said before that I will read and love ANYTHING Kellyn Roth writes, and this story has again proven that. And what a story it is!

My heart aches for these lost, broken souls... I found myself torn between a love/hate relationship with Adele. But I cannot deny that I found her struggles and thoughts deeply relatable at some points, sometime painfully so. As for Troy, he was a sweetheart... and an idiot at the same time.

The plot was very gripping and good mixture between sweet and sad. And then things very quickly started unraveling, finishing off with absolutely heartbreaking final chapters.

I'm holding onto hope with these characters though, and their story's end is something only the rest of the series can tell...

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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914 reviews39 followers
June 10, 2022
I had never read anything by this author until picking up this book. I really enjoy historical fiction so I was excited to read this story. The first half of the book is really pretty good. I was engaged and interested in the characters. The story line moves VERY fast and at times I felt like I was reading more of a novella. The second half of the book really confused me and took a complete turn that I wasn't expecting. Other people who have read it comment on how it is similar to some of the older classics. I suppose that is true in a way but I really didn't love this book. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I have no idea where book two might take the story. This book ended up being not at all what I expected and while I don't expect a fairy tale romance, this story just ended with twisted confusion.

Two and a half stars.

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."
May 31, 2023
Souls Astray is a very real, gritty book. Parts of it are difficult to read; if you are looking for something fun and easy to read, this most likely isn’t it. However, it is a book that makes you think. It makes you look at difficult situations and realize that nothing in the world is as straightforward as we would like it to be. There is a backstory to every decision, real as well as fictional. It is wonderfully placed in history, and I’m sure my readers know that I definitely enjoy a clean romance set in the first half of the 20th century. Emotional content aside, the story is extremely well written: properly structured, appropriately paced, and the author’s voice and style are clear and enjoyable.

There are equally understandable reasons as to why a reader might or might not like this book. I did, but it took me a while to realize it because of my intensely emotional response while reading. I recommend Souls Astray to fans of analytical historical fiction and books that take a good, hard look at what is often glossed over as a character’s backstory.

Extended review shared on my blog, Reviews From the Stacks.
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337 reviews79 followers
June 4, 2019
Kellyn Roth is one of the most wonderful historical fiction authors with books out today. No matter what, her work never ceases to amaze me-- and Souls Astray was no exception. If you feel that there are hardly enough clean yet deep and gritty modern fictional works out there, like myself, than your search can end here.

Now by clean I don't mean squeaky-clean. I mean that none of Kell's stories contain graphic, explicit, or even detailed in the least content. Sure, this entire book is literally about the failed marriage of the two main characters and how the first book in the series came to be; but Kell pens it all to show the thread of light that's in there, still hanging on.

This book is a must-read for historical fiction readers.
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2,582 reviews72 followers
June 3, 2022
The book is a look at two people from different backgrounds that find each other. It is an enjoyable journey where I found myself understanding how Adele as a child felt unwanted. Her favorite brother goes off to war and completely devastates her when he doesn’t return, It is important to note how much Adele depended on her brother emotionally. I sometimes thought she idolized him a little which was unhealthy. Her mother is quite cruel to her and I cringed every time they encounter each other.

Adele going out on her own was a cry for acceptance and she searched for men who would love her. It was sad how she wandered from relationship to relationship with little care about herself. There is one moment in the story where Adele goes to church with her friend that upset me. I couldn’t believe these women would gather around Adele after service and belittle her. To be told you are not welcome at church broke my heart. In her mind she thinks that God will never accept her and will she will never feel His unconditional love.

Troy has seen his share of tragedies and has raised his little sister Lola, after his parents died. They have a close relationship and at times Troy is very overprotective of her. It was so hard for him to accept the marriage between his sister and new husband and is worried about her constantly. I think he thought he was the only one who could keep her safe.

When Adele and Troy meet I wasn’t sure if this was a healthy relationship for either one. Adele falls quickly for Troy and is ready to give herself to him before marriage. I was shocked by her attitude but understood that for her it was how she felt loved. To be rejected by him would destroy her in a way. Now she began to worry that he would think less of her. Did she just destroy a relationship that could have been the right one for her?

Troy is maybe a little taken aback by Adele’s forwardness but assures her that they must wait til marriage like God had ordained. When he finds out that Adele is not a Christian he knows that marriage is out of the question. He can’t be married to a woman who doesn’t believe in God. What they do next really shocked me.

The story illustrates rejection, bitterness, acceptance, listening to God and finding happiness. It give readers a look at a couple who decide to follow their desire and try to make their relationship work in spite of red flags that should not have been ignored. Adele has such bitterness in her heart that forgiving her mother seems unreasonable. Troy has compromised his faith to be with Adele and now faces questions he is afraid to answer. Can two people find happiness that are not equally yoked? I can’t wait for the next book in this series to see where the author takes these characters.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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1,056 reviews19 followers
June 12, 2022
Historical Fiction is an interesting genre to read. I have read one other book by Kellyn Roth and I was very interested in reading more. Souls Astray by Kellyn Roth is Book 1 in the Kees and Colliers Series.

The time is after WW1. Lives and Families were drastically changed due to the War. Adele Collier had a very rough and tragic childhood and is determined to have a much happier life as an adult. She finds it isn't easy to learn to trust because of her childhood. Troy Kee lost both of his parents because during Wartime. He has been raising his little sister since they died. He is looking forward to one day having a healthy and happy of his own, once his sister leaves the nest. He is worried his dreams won't come true because the Family Vineyard needs a lot of attention and care. Adele and Troy meet and there is instant Romance. They both know there is quite a bit of Baggage in the relationship from both sides. Can Adele and Troy overcome the differences and baggage? Will there be a healthy relationship between the couple?

WOW, what a way to start a new series. I will admit the book did start off a little slow, but by Chapter 2 it picked up. I couldn't put the book down once I really caught onto the storyline. Adele is a determined woman who experienced so much, that it seems she has to "overprotect" herself from others. Troy is very protective of his sister and only wants the best for her. He matured quickly due to being a caregiver for his sister at an early age. He is a Christian and is disappointed when he finds out Adele is not a Christian. He really wants to LOVE her, but also wants a Christian Marriage. I really enjoyed this book and do recommend it. It is a book of Heartbreak, Loss, Faith, LOVE and Family. I am looking forward to future books in this Series. FANTASTIC BOOK!
1,672 reviews
June 15, 2022
This story was not quite what I was expecting, and it certainly seems to be filled with more downs than ups. But there is a reason for that, and I think it is because that we as people don't always see the blessings even when we are hurt or going through dark times. We are also stubborn and if we do not have the right perspective and our eyes on the only One who can see us through, well our souls also go astray.

Starting off during World War 1, we meet both Adele Collier and Troy Kees as they are children. The author spends a good chunk of time on both while they are children as they go through circumstances that are going to help shape them into the adults that they become. Both of their stories are heartbreaking to say the least, and both are deeply hurt.

They meet as young adults and have a whirlwind courtship that leads to marriage and baby. However, not all is so happy for Adele as she, on the outside, really does not seem very nice. She carries a lot of hurt, pain, and abandonment issues. Throw in what I believe is postpartum depression and she becomes even worse. Troy, I felt so bad for him for he truly loves her.

Their story, at least in the first book of the series is full of heartbreak and poor decisions. I also believe we get a glimpse of generational sin passed from mother to daughter. I will say this story did not end happily. There are two more books in this series which I hope to read soon as I just can't seem to leave these characters where they are.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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176 reviews5 followers
June 5, 2022
Now having finished this novel, I am left with mixed feelings on it. While the first half of the book is interesting, I found myself having a hard time getting into it and staying engaged. It wasn't until the second half where I couldn't stop flipping the pages, needing to know what happens next. And this is because the plot took a turn that I was not expecting.

Adele is a stubborn, headstrong woman. She pretends she knows what she wants in life--to be a modern woman. However, this leads her to drinking, partying, jumping from man to man--overall, just living a frivolous, fleeting life.

Troy is an older, overprotective brother. He just wants what is best for his sister. He is sweet, kind, and caring, but had to grow up too quick when his parents died.

Troy and Adele have a whirlwind of a romance, but bitterness and anger soon crawl their way into it. I loved the way Roth wrote this part of the story. It was different and it kept me captivated. And it left me wanting more, needing to read the next book in the series to see where Roth takes these two characters.

Overall, I would recommend this novel. It deals with loss, heartbreak, love, rejection, bitterness, and so much more.

I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
1,430 reviews
June 6, 2022
Souls Astray begins during a time of war, and this historical work of women’s fiction contains loss and more. Adele Collier idolizes one of her brothers, and when he dies in the war, and her childhood becomes more troubled, she determines to live a life filled with gaiety. She never wants to feel that pain again.

Troy Kee and his younger sister also face the loss of their father because of the war, and the loss of their mother from illness, But the two siblings find themselves owning a vineyard after the death of their uncle.

When Troy and Adele meet, he wants only to love her and to build a family. But Adele continues to long for gaiety. After the birth of their daughter, things go downhill for the two.

If you prefer stories that appear wrapped up neatly with a bow, this may not be the book for you. As the first book in a series, the ending left me wanting more, I definitely will have to read the next book.

But if you enjoy works of fiction that include a realistic look at historical periods and the pain people may have suffered, you should check out this book for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
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222 reviews
May 31, 2022
"Souls Astray" by Kellyn Roth is the heartwarming story of Adele Collier, whose tragic childhood leads to a carefree lifestyle. Never allowing external forces to control her, she constantly and consistently seeks distraction in the whirlwind of gaiety. But it is difficult to shake off the ghostly past. Alone, Troy Kee lost his parents in the Great War. How can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance ensues—but how can two lost souls ever have a healthy relationship? A well-crafted story of family dynamics and pain in the years between WW1 and WW2, "Souls Astray" is a heartrending novel, full of poignant themes and extremely relevant topics. A captivating story of WW1 and post-WW1, Kellyn paints a realistic picture of the bleakness of life after the war and the moral decline that inevitably followed. Love at first sight highlights the dangers and problems, not just the happily ever after! Adele's emotional thoughts and passionate struggles are often painfully relatable. I highly recommend this souk revealing book for all readers who love to explore the intricacies of human relationships.
993 reviews
May 31, 2022
Souls Astray, by Kellyn Roth is the first book in the Kees & Colliers series. This story takes place in Europe during the early 1900's. Both of the main characters lost family members and struggle with moving on. This is one of those books that just tugs at the reader's heart. The loss and lack of understanding within Adele's family is so overwhelming. Instead of turning to her mother she moves away and finds a life of partying, heavy makeup and men.
Whereas, Troy and his sister have lost both parents, they find a way to move on and make a life for themselves. I so enjoyed when Troy was trying to find the perfect dog to keep him company. I also enjoyed how protective he was of his little sister and the importance his faith was in his life. Yet when meeting Adele and their struggles, he wasn't able to cling to his faith like before. This is such a powerful story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.
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