Blog Tour! Author Interview with Kellyn Roth

Hiya! Today I am blessed to be participating in Kellyn Roth’s lovely blog tour for her newest release, At Her Fingertips! I’ll be sharing some an author interview and information on her legit giveaway-like seriously, it’s L-E-G-I-T! 

And now, ONWARDS! 


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Alice Knight is looking forward to her debut as it means she will be able to carry out her plan. She will have her first Season in London, she will meet her husband, and she will marry. However, Alice struggles to make her

feelings reconcile with her goals.

Alice is sure that, if she can only cling to her plans, she will manage without help from anyone — including God. A childhood friend returning unexpectedly, a charming gentleman who is not all he should be, and an American author with strange ideas about life all make her question the plan.

With the life she longs for at her fingertips, can Alice grasp it?

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About the Author

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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 collies, annoying but lovable cat, and assorted cows and chickens. She is a homeschooled highschooler who spends her non-writing, non-reading time blogging, riding horses, attempting clarinet and saxophone, and pretending she has other hobbies besides writing.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1. How long ago did you begin writing The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and what inspired it?:
I wrote book 1, The Dressmaker’s Secret, in November 2014 for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This book was originally intended to be the spin0ff of a series I’d been working on since late 2013 – The Dressmaker’s Secret being the story of my protagonist’s grandparents. That series was never completed, but The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy came from it.
2. Of all the characters in your books, which one is most like you?
Oh, that’s tough! I’m not exactly sure, to be honest. I think little bits of me have snuck into most of the characters. I share a lot of similarities with Claire, Alice and Ivy’s mother, but we’re not a ton like each other. I think she’s a lot more idealistic than I am, for one. Then Alice and I have our similarities, too, but Alice is a great deal bolder and just … louder than I am, for lack of a better word.
3. Which character has been the hardest to write?
It varies from books to book; I almost always have at least one tough cookies! For At Her Fingertips, it was Alice herself at first and later Gibson Ashfield, the potential love interest. Both of them weren’t 100% sure what they wanted themselves, so it was hard to translate that confusion into a novel.
4. Who is your absolute favorite of all your characters, and why?
Peter Strauss! There’s a reason why we’ve nicknamed the book AFOP (All Fangirling Over Peter). He’s just such a stellar guy! He’s a solid Christian – and his faults are honestly darling? Like, that sounds terrible, but I think there’s something very special about a guy who isn’t presumptuous. And yes, he takes humility and hesitance to an extreme level, but … but …? I love him anyway. Some may find him weak but not me.
5. If you could have a real life conversation with a character from The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, who would it be?
Probably Peter, just because he’s my favorite, but my second choice would be Mrs. Knight. Or Ivy. Or Alice. Actually, I’d be thrilled to talk to any of them!
6. What was your favorite book as a child?
Probably Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I didn’t have an exact favorite, though. Too many good books!
7. What is your favorite book now?
A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. It’s just soooo good!
8. Do you like to re-read your books often, or are you a ‘once only’ type of person?
Sure I reread them! Can’t have too much of a good thing. 😉
9. If you could choose one author to meet-dead or alive-who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Probably C.S. Lewis. I’d sit down with him and force him to write an alternate ending to The Last Battle. Ugggh …
10. Who will enjoy your books?
The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective are for tween girls – I’d say 12+ through about sixteen. At Her Fingertips is aimed for slightly older audiences, say 13 or 14+ (depending the reader). I have a couple novellas and short stories out that are all for about 10+ through young adult.

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Book Review: The Widow of Larkspur Inn

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Julia Hollis’ opulent life in Victorian London crashes to pieces when her husband passes away. Worse, she is told by his bankers that he gambled away their fortune. Now, the family’s hope rests on The Larkspur, an old abandoned coaching inn in the quaint village of Gresham.

Driven by dread and her desire to provide for her children, Julia decides to turn the dilapidated inn into a lodging house. But can she–who was accustomed to servants attending to every need–do what needs to be done and cope when boarders begin arriving? And then an eligible new vicar moves into town…

 


 

Overall Impression

If you are looking for a sweet and wholesome Historical Romance, The Widow of Larkspur Inn  is for you. I had seen this quite awhile ago and was instantly attracted to the cover. As I skimming through my Kindle library, searching desperately for a new book to read and this one popped up. I started in with high expectations that were not disappointed. 

The overall feeling to this book was warm and homey. Gresham was delightfully portrayed, I could see the very streets with a wonderful clarity as I read the book. I love it when books have strong settings, ones where you can see the story playing out in your mind. So was The Widow of Larkspur Lane.  

The Widow of Larkspur Lane is a great novel for single readers and families alike. I would recommend it strongly to reader who are looking for, or fine with a somewhat slower story.

Characters

I really enjoyed all the characters in this book. Julia, in particular, was refreshing. In lots of books the heroines bounce from one end of the spectrum to the other. Either they are perfect or they can’t boil water without messing it up. Julia was a breath of fresh air! She was totally out of her element in Gresham but that didn’t stop her. She worked hard, and learned a lot. She had children to provide for and nothing was getting in her way. Julia had an air of elegance and graciousness to her that was lovely. She was very kind, very tactful, and properly discreet. I loved this character! 

Julia’s children, Philip, Aleda, and Grace were well done.Philip tried hard to be the man about the house and was very sweet. Aleda, to be honest, wasn’t really my favorite. She was rather sharp and annoying. Grace was a dear! She was so sweet definitely my favorite of the two girls. 

Fiona O’Shea, Julia’s maid/housekeeper/best friend. Fiona was so sweet. Her Irish brogue, not to mention her pluck, spiced the book up nicely. She was so dutiful and God-honoring without being annoyingly perfect. I loved her character and I was so glad she got a happy ending! 

There were a lot of lodgers, all of whom were unique personalities. But as there are so many I will only touch on my favorite, Mr. Clay. Ambrose Clay was such a dear man. He was always kind and considerate even through his depression. He was one of my very favorite characters. 

The other supporting main and side characters were good. They added to the story beautifully. My hat’s off to  Mrs. Blackwell! Her characters were superb. 

Plot

The plot of The Widow of Larkspur Inn was very enjoyable. The story was definitely a slower pace than most books I read, this wasn’t bad however.

My only critiques on the story line and pace was the end. This, I felt, was not wholly satisfying. Julia’s romance literally took place in like the last 3% of the book. Now to be honest, Fiona’s romance was more important to me than Julia’s, but I would have preferred more time with Julia’s romance. I don’t even think the way that her romance was laid out was bad, just too short. The ending was abbreviated in my opinion, I would have been happy for another chapter or two.  

Other than the above mentioned I felt that the plot and story were organized well. It flowed well and had good passage of time. The characters had time to progress in their character arcs. This book was relaxing and fun to read! 

Warnings:

Language/Profanity: None

Violence/Gore/Frightening Scenes: None

Sex/Nudity: There is one comment that is suggestive of immoral behavior. Not a big deal for older readers, and families could easily skip.