The Dressmaker’s Secret & Ivy Introspective Blog Tour

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Hey folks! I am back today with another blog tour post. 🙂

Kellyn Roth republished The Dressmaker’s Secret, and published Ivy Introspective on the 24th of this month. I beta read both of these lovely books, and I am very excited to see them ready and beautiful to sell. 🙂 Today, I have an author interview with Kellyn Roth to share with you all.




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The Dressmaker’s Secret


After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?


Amazon ~ Goodreads


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Ivy Introspective


Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight 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.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?


Amazon ~ Goodreads


Author Bio

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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.


Website · Blog · Newsletter · Facebook · Amazon · Goodreads




The Interview


1. What inspired you to write The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy?
Well, the idea for The Dressmaker’s Secret originally came from me deciding to write a prequel to another series I wrote (which I never finished). I wanted to keep writing about these characters, though, instead of just making TDS a brief peek into the backstory of a character, so … I created The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy.
2. Which character from the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy do you feel most resembles you?
Hmm … that’s a hard but great question! Let’s see.
Well, Claire Chattoway of The Dressmaker’s Secret and I are both similar in personality type. I’m an ISTP/INTJ cross while she’s a plain ol’ INTJ. We’re both quiet around people we don’t know, and we’re both intelligent (haha), although no one could tell because we’d rather not share our great wealth of knowledge with the unworthy. 😉 And Claire and I are both private about our emotions. However, Claire doesn’t have that splash of whimsy and random that I have. (Ignore my ego …)
Alice and I also have a few things in common. However, she’s extroverted and much more sensible than me.
Quite honestly, there has yet to be a character in these books that is a lot like me. However, if I were to pick one, I’d definitely say Claire Chattoway.
3. What are two lessons God taught you while writing the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy? (Two lessons, one for each book; The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective.)
I think the most important lesson I learned while writing The Dressmaker’s Secret was that you need to be forgiving of those who hurt you because no one’s perfect (and because God forgave you). I suppose that’s technically two lessons, but they kind of meld together.
For Ivy Introspective, I think I learned a lot about the different kinds of people God makes. I learned how He loves them and how He created them individually to each fulfill different tasks + He has a plan for each and every one of His children. Which is … also more than one lesson. But honestly, God teaches me a lot with every story I write, so it’s hard to narrow it down!
4. Was researching history and such difficult for you when writing the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy?
It wasn’t too difficult, but that’s probably because I didn’t research enough. I did a great deal of my researching with novels written during the time. I also looked up trains, fashions, lighting, mental hospitals, Scotland, and Norfolk (England). I think I spent more time learning about Victorian manners than anything, though.
5. If you could go to one place from your novels, where would you go and visit?
Scotland! Don’t get me wrong; I love England to death, and I would give almost anything to go there, but Scotland holds a certain draw for me. I’m probably about 1/4 Scottish (give or take; there’s also some Irish, English, Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch, and maybe some Jewish in me … honestly, I’m all over the place …), so Scotland is important to me.
6. What message do you pray your readers will take from reading your books?
Hopefully the messages I learned, although if they could just catch a little glimpse of God’s incredible power, love, and sacrifice, I would be incredibly happy and blessed.


Tuesday the 20th

-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)

Wednesday the 21st

-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)

Thursday the 22nd

-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)

Friday the 23rd

-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)

-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)

Saturday the 24th

-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)

-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)

Sunday the 25th

-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)

Monday the 26th

-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)

Tuesday the 27th

-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)

Wednesday the 28th

-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)

-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)

-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)

Thursday the 29th

-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)

-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)

Friday the 30th

-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)

-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)

-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)


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Thank you for letting me be a part of the blog tour, Kellyn! I enjoyed these books immensely. 🙂 God bless you all!

-Angela Watts

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