At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?
Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.
Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?
*heart eyes* OH MY GOODNESS! Can I take time to gush about the book? No? You don’t want to hear me? Well, let me calm down, and come back.
Beyond Her Calling had all of the Kellyn Roth magic to it. The beauty, Scotland, redheads, little kids and farms! As Kellyn says,
A clean and pure Christian historical romance with:
-friendship to romance (which is actually based on love)
-mental disabilities rep
-cows (and being afraid of cows)
-small adorable children
-siblings and best friends and both at once
It is all those things and more. I’ll take the list, and gush on all the facts. (LOL.)
- Friendship to romance
It was really good, because it wasn’t that stuck by lightening, we’ve-been-together-for-eight-years-and-never-noticed type of romance. The friends haven’t seen each other since they were younger, and they haven’t kept in contact. I love Ivy’s sweetness, and how she just assumes *cough* somebody hasn’t changed. It’s adorable, y’all.
2. Mental disabilities
Two of the characters are said to be “not right” in the head. It makes it sweet, but they aren’t overboard out of it. In fact, expect for a few (hilarious) instances, you would guess they were just normal. In fact, I find myself in both Ivy and Violet. I tend to react like Violet when it comes to being hurt, or abandoned, and I totally relate with Ivy about social events, and just life in general. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO COMPLICATED? Thankfully, I have a friend that helps me, like Ivy. 😉
AHHHH! Who doesn’t love the brogue? When I beta-read this, and I found Kellyn was planning to use the brogue, I was delighted. Plus, you have the heather, cold weather, kilts (I’m kilt obsessed, thank you), and Scottish music and dances. The setting is perfect, and beyond anything you could ask. I must say, I almost believe Kellyn has gone to Scotland.
It’s adorable awkwardness, y’all. I mean, just that silly awkwardness that you can TOTALLY relate with. I read some of it aloud to my sister, Rose, and we were both giggling and laughing at the awkward moments. I must say, Jordy is the funniest when he feels awkward. 😂
Well, there’s one kitten, but it doesn’t play a major role, besides being a peacemaker. Still, it’s a cute kitten. I mean, close your eyes, and see a little tabby with eyes that just plead with you to play. Like this one.
I heard your mental awwwww. 😉 It’s a kitten, y’all! How can you resist it?
Now, this was the one that made me more excited than the kitten. I’m an animal person, and I love any and every animal. I’m constantly asking my parents to bring home another fuzzy creature because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! (Oh, and you need to wish Snowball happy belated birthday! His birthday was the 19th.) Cows are my favorite, and I am sure that someday I will have cows in my backyard, and cows in my front yard, and I will have cows. (EAT MORE BEEF!) So, these cows aren’t beef cows, but they’re highland cattle. Please, guys, look how cute.
I love redheaded people, and I simply adore redheaded cows. XD They’re SOOOO cute! ❤ (I do not know how Ivy can be scared of those big beasts. They look like they were made to be loved.)
7. BORDER COLLIES!
More animals, y’all. This book is jammed packed with animals, and farm life, which makes it a win-win. Who doesn’t love farms, cows, dogs, and kittens? And not just any dogs, but border collies! The only thing that could have made it better was a rabbit. XD But, I mean, border collies are like, the prettiest dogs EVER. Even prettier than Rottweilers, I will admit. Just look at them!
I just want to pet them so badly! Kellyn, can I come and pet your dogs, please?
8. Small adorable children.
I have this thing for kids. It’s right after my thing for animals. I’m the person that only goes to the zoo because I know I’ll see cute little kids. I know, it’s strange, but it’s rewarding to see the babies smile as you make crazy faces at them. And these aren’t babies, but they’re still super cute, funny little kids. About my sister’s age.
And my sister is (in my humble opinion) the cutest kid on the planet. Kiera and Mairi were ALMOST as cute as Emma. ALMOST.
9. More Scotland.
I think I have said everything I can about Scotland. That should have sealed the deal with you getting this book. Y’ALL. It’s Scotland.
10. Awesome families.
*frowns* There was only one family throughout the book that you really got to see, so *shrugs* it was one awesome family, though. Seriously, I loved seeing the competition between the siblings, and just how the family worked. Everyone knows that the older sister rules the household. *looks guilty, because I am the older sister* It’s great.
11. Siblings and best friends and both at once.
I love books where the siblings are best buds, and this book is definitely one of those. Edi, Jordy, Benji, and Mick made the book so much fun. Plus, it’s Alice and Ivy, guys. They are best friends, after all.
On a calmer note, I’ll give the details. Anything that might be seen as objectionable was…
3 kisses…And two of them weren’t just “a kiss.” The third one was definitely…The Kiss, as Ivy put it, but yeah. I found the last kiss a bit much, but I’m sheltered, you know.
Suggestions of what happens at insane asylums, and why a character must NOT go there.
Other than that, it was squeaky clean! The characters where very relatable, as was the plot. Even though I don’t have “problems,” I do deal with a lot of the self-worth problems that Ivy and Violet had to make their way through. Kellyn’s explanations of faith, and trust in God were so encouraging, and uplifting.
It is one of those books that you read, and you just know that the Lord must have put the words to write in the author’s mind. It was a super sweet story, full of the right amount of laughter, confusion, lessons we all need to learn, and faith. I’ve fallen head-over-heels in love with Ivy and Jordy, and I must say, Benji is probably my favorite character. Jordy was the first time I read it, but the second time…Well, I like Benji.
But, since I liked Jordy so much when I first read it, I asked Jordy to join me today on Crazy A. Please welcome Jordy McAllen, folks! My questions are in bold, and Jordy’s answers are normal. 🙂
Bio: Jordy is a former farm lad from the small village of Keefmore, Scotland who has since become a medical doctor. He worked at McCale House, a home for “simpletons,” for many years, which was a wonderful experience. He loves Scotland, people, and good food. He’s a minor character in Ivy Introspective and goes on to take a leading role in Beyond Her Calling.
Fun Info About Jordy:
Full Name: George “Jordy” Albert McAllen
Birthdate: March 1858
Personality Type: ESFP
Personality Info: Jordy loves people. Talking to them, spending time with them, and especially doing crazy things with them. That said, he’s tamed down his “wild side” in his determination to be a respectable doctor. He really does want to help people in any way he can. He’s a strange mix of sensible and enthusiastic; he’s an optimistic realist, you might say. He loves being outside in nature, more active games, and he never turned his nose up at a good meal.
Appearance: Jordy has tends-to-get-messy red-brown hair and honey-gold eyes. He firmly believes he isn’t a redhead—though he’s delusional. He’s of average height and weight.
Background: Jordy was born and raised in the small village of Keefmore in Scotland. At age 12, he decided he wanted to be a doctor. When Jordy met Dr. McCale, he was offered a job as an assistant at the McCale House, a boarding school for mentally challenged children. That’s where he meets Ivy—and of course Violet, too.
At eighteen, he went to London to begin his formal education as a doctor of medicine. And that’s what he’s returning from at the beginning of Beyond Her Calling.
Family: Mr. Albert and Mrs. Annis McAllen, Edith “Edi” (sister), Benjamin “Benji,” Michael “Mick,” Albert “Alby,” and Thomas “Tas” (brothers).
-Jordy loves to dance. He’s not necessarily good at dancing, but he loves to dance …
-Even Jordy doesn’t know quite where his nickname came from. But he does prefer it over stuffy George Albert.
-Jordy likes dogs, but if he were to pick an animal companion, it would definitely be a cow. Unfortunately, his mother never took kindly to him bringing cattle into the cottage.
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