The Dressmaker's Secret
If they knew who she was, they’d never accept what she’s become.
Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter.
Alice longs for a father, especially if ...more
First, I acknowledge this is a confusing novel! It was published ... then it was not published ... then it was published again. But this is the last relaunch. I promise.
(Long story short, I wrote it in November 2014, published it in January 2016, unpublished it and republished it in summer 2017 with some rewrites and a new cover, and am now publishing it January 10th, 2020 with the final cover and final rewrites!)
Second, after my rewrites, The Dressmaker's Secret is practically ...more
Being such an emotional reader I began this book feeling very sad. As I ventured deeper into the pages I became more distraught and somber as time passed on. These characters deal with a lot of realistic pain. I'm used to harsh books, but I'm also used to "happily ever after's". Because of my emotions I can't love this book, but I certainly like how well written it is.
The ending was bittersweet....but at the same time the sadness that env ...more
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8-year old Alice starts to wonder why she and her twin sister don't have a father after a revealing conversation with children her own age. Concluding that her mother is unhappy at his absence she determines to find him and create the family she believes her mother always wanted.
This book is quite conflictal for me.
The new covers are quite good and I can see why the author chose those images. Even the title quite works... The historical setting ...more
The story is captivating--a young girl wants to know who her father is and her mother is trying to move on from ghosts of her past. Well-woven and endearing, this story is hard to put down.
Setting is super important to me when it comes to historical fiction. I love seeing a place in history and taking in the lovely details. The setting in this book is beautiful. It makes me want to embrace the European in me and visit London. Or France, ...more
I love how Kellyn pulled off an eight year old’s POV (actually two! eight year olds’ POVs), though I think (?) she has a sibling around that age, so that might have helped her. Or maybe she has pure talent in writing, which I don’t doubt either. 😉 I loved learning about the characters- good dependable Nessie, curious Alice, and Ivy who everyone thinks is simple but ...more
This has a sweet ending and is an overtly Christian tale. The main character is eight year old Alice who is a caring, perceptive, loyal girl who doesn't know who her father is and is determined to find out. When her mother refuses to tell her, she investigates secretly. What she discovers surprised me and about three quarters of the way through this story I wondered if Alice would ever see her dreams come true. To her credit, she wants to see her mother happy but this seems an impossi ...more
When I first got into this book, I found it intriguing. There was a mystery to unpack--a secret known by one of the characters but hidden from the other POV character and the audience. However, I had to wonder how far Miss Roth could take this plot without either revealing it all too early or dragging it on to the point that readers stopped caring. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. Miss R ...more
So far, I've enjoyed all the books I've read by Kellyn Roth. Including one of the earlier versions of this one. While I didn't love it, I liked it, and I'm so glad she decided to revise it because this new edition ...more
Alice was a very interesting character, although sometimes she felt a bit too perceptive for her ...more
2. This was an easy read!
3. ..So, is Ivy neurologically atypical (ASD, possibly?) because it was a difficult birth, or is that what the commonly used explanation in history?
4. Not preachy at all so <3
5. ALICE IS SO CUTE.
6. The plot was a teeeeensy bit predictable but I LIKED IT.
7. ALL THE CHARACTERS WERE FLESHED OUT AND RELATE-ABLE.
8. I just got book 2 and am so excited!! (!!!!) ...more
Such a sweet story! I become a bigger fan of Kellyn Roth's writing with every story of hers I read. She has such a talent for telling stories full of heart and well fleshed-out characters. I loved getting to know Claire, Alice, and Ivy and watching their journeys from broken to healing. I also thought Kellyn did a great jo ...more
I loved Alice and Ivy (especially their names!!!!) and their childlike faith and fears. Mrs. Knight was such a darling and acted in a Christlike manner even when life was hard or awkward for her! It was also very revelatory to see that one small decision can affect generations for good or evil, and we are responsible before God for this. The writing style ga ...more
I've been wanting to read some of Kellyn Roth's books for a long time now, so when I finally started this, I was really excited! And I was not disappointed.
All of the characters had well-developed personalities. Although I was annoyed with Miss Chattoway until about halfway through, I ended up feeling sorry for her. I really loved Nettie and Jameson's relationship, and Nettie was really sweet to everyone. I was really excited with a the narrator being young, beca ...more
Some advise, people: don't read reviews of books while you're reading the book. It's not a good idea!! (Especially spoilers!)
Alice - I liked her!!! All her questions made me smile, but they were for a good cause.
Ivy - Awww, loved her!
Claire - was it wrong for me to be driven mad by her attitude almost the entire time? Yeah, well, that's how I felt with her. I started really liking her after (view spoiler)[she gives in to telling her daughters about their father! ...more
First off, bravo!!!! Encore!!! Amazing job, Kellyn! These books have to be among my favorite historical novels I've read. I enjoyed Ivy Introspective 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, ...more
This book was bittersweetness from the view of smol curious children all stuffed in the package of a beautiful cover. I'm not even kidding. Like ... what shall I even say about this book?
As I've said, I did read the original edition (original published edition, that is.) which ... will honestly make this hard to review without comparing it to the original so ... I'm not actually going to try that hard to ...more
Few negatives: The story was choppy and fast-paced at times, which is my main downside; there was a lot of time spent telling and not showing, and it dashed around from many different places and times. That said, however, because of this it was able to cover a long timespan, and I felt that aspect was good. I was confused as to who was who at the beginning, but fortunately that didn’t last too long.
All that, though, w ...more
I find myself scrutinising the writing style in indie books so much more carefully than other books, even though I feel I shouldn't. I just DO. So I went into The Dressmaker's Secret with editor e ...more
First off, I must give credit to Kellyn Roth for excellent character building. Although I felt li ...more
-The characterization was strong, and I felt like I came to know the characters well.
-The Dressmaker's Secret had a classic feel to it, and held to the ...more
This story is not from one POV, but more from a narrative POV. I struggle reading a book that doesn't have one or two certain POV's. Alice was the main character and you see her feelings the most. For eight year old she was e ...more
WOW! This book! I was blown away.
The story is complex and it reminded me of books such as The Lamplighter, The Wide Wide World and others from that era that I enjoy. It was written in such a way that younger girls 12+ would enjoy it just as much as I did. And I am in my 20's! The societal and family issues that are portrayed were fascinating.
As a compliment to the author, I fought through an hour of intense eye-strain to finish this book it was so good and I didn't want to leave wi ...more
Alice and Ivy were so cute! I really like the way the little 8 year olds played a role in the story.
There were a couple of sudden moves that had me blink, like, where did that come from? But all in all it was well ...more
The only reason I took off one star was because of the amateur writing and the rush ending. The story itself was very well thought out, but I feel like the author probably could have written it better if she had put a little bit more into the actual writing itself. It's not drast ...more
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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