And they lived … well, happily ever after.
A year into a blissfully happy marriage, Violet Angel admits to a dose of skepticism. She’s not married, granted—but as the closest friend of the bride and groom, she feels she has a perspective no one but the people directly involved could have. There’s no such thing as a happy ending, and it’s only a matter of time before the castle in the sky plummets to earth.
If only Violet were always wrong instead of just mostly wrong. Ivy McAllen doesn’t believe she and her new husband are out of the honeymoon period—if they are, she isn’t going to admit it to herself—but there are certainly areas of adjustment that she hadn’t expected.
Changes at the village of Keefmore and in Ivy’s life lead to complications, and Violet spirals further and further from reality. When a castle in the sky turns out to be more cloud than stronghold, finding a foothold proves more than a little difficult.
Books set in Scotland tend to have an extra allure, so it was wonderful that this sixth book in The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy would be in Scotland with Ivy and Jordy. And we get to see Ivy and Jordy in their first few years of marriage … with an addition of Violet as a side character!
Characters: Ivy has been one of my favorite characters in this series since I first began reading it, and I still like her a lot. She is just such a sweetheart and angel. It was good to see her grow throughout the book and watch her march on through life even though it was far different from her upbringing. I wished she had played the piano, more, though! But that’s just coming from a music lover. And Jordy … hmm. Since he wasn’t in there very much, I didn’t feel super connected to him. He also went through a lot of growth, and I would’ve love to see more of him. However, there was a super touching scene near the back of the novel that was so sweet between Ivy and Jordy – quite excellent! And then there was Violet. Poor Violet. She has so many problems, and I really just need to see her have some sort of healing. She can definitely be hard to read, though, so beware if you’re sensitive to depression/suicidal thoughts.
Setting/Plot/Writing Style: Of course, the setting in Scotland was a great addition to the book! It didn’t feel extremely Scottish, but that could also be because all of the people had been in Scotland for a fair amount of time and wouldn’t necessarily be thinking about how different it is from England. The writing style was lovely – very fitting for the book and well edited. As for the plot … I found it a bit slow throughout (mostly because I think more in the suspense world of fiction). A lot of the plot focused on Ivy and Jordy’s early marriage, disappointments, and miscommunications (more on that in a bit.) However, if you’re a fan of historical fiction, this pacing probably won’t bother you! Violet’s arc was a bit more difficult to read, though, and it was just very sad. That final twist was also … yeah, interesting. (You’ll know if you read it.)
Moral/Theme: A big facet of this book was the use of birth control and whether certain people should have kids. While this is definitely a very important topic for married couples or people planning to marry soon, I’m not in that stage of life, so it wasn’t super pertinent to me. I also wished Ivy would have just stated outright what she thought and then discussed it in depth with Jordy, but then again, people always fail to communicate in everyday life, and she wasn’t sure what the respectful course was. I did really enjoy the part where Ivy and Jordy talk about Jordy’s fears and reservations about having kids – that was the really sweet scene near the end of the book that I mentioned.
Overall, this is a well-written historical fiction starring familiar characters, and fans of British historical fiction will probably enjoy very much!
About the Author
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, 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.
Wednesday, October 12th
Kickoff by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries
Book Spotlight by Ryana Lynn @ Life of Heritage Corner
Book Spotlight by Kristina Hall
Thursday, October 13th
Author Interview by M.C. Kennedy @ Graceful Reflections
Friday, October 14th
Book Spotlight by Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks
Saturday, October 15th (RELEASE DAY!)
Launch Day Celebration by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries
Book Spotlight by Emma @ The Book Dragon’s Alcove
Sunday, October 16th
Review by Hannah Martin @ Precious Book Stacks
Monday, October 17th
Review by Joy C. Woodbury @ Discipleship with Joy
Tuesday, October 18th
Review by Katja L. @ Old-Fashioned Book Love
Wednesday, October 19th
A Post About The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries
Thursday, October 20th
Book Spotlight by Grace A. Johnson @ Of Blades and Thorns
Friday, October 21st
Review by Vanessa Hall
Saturday, October 22nd
Review by Hannah Killian @ The Writerly Worm
Wrapup (which will publish in the evening!) by Kellyn Roth @ Lilacs and Reveries