Never Say Goodbye

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They say time heals all wounds. But he was finding it a poor painkiller.

 

Tyler Collens has seen grief and loss in his years of experience as a paramedic—but he never expected it to touch his life in such a personal way. The death of his wife eighteen months ago shook his steady world and changed him in more ways than he can count. Time and routine have steadied his feet, and he looks toward the future as he raises his infant daughter—but the past has a tighter grip on him than he knows.

 

Alyvia Emmerson has never been certain of who she is or where she belongs. Her dad’s abandonment as a teen broke a fragile piece of her heart, but ten years later, she has moved on. Living on her own, she at last has a project to devote herself to: revitalizing a shabby bookstore. But she didn’t count on her dream job revealing the shattered pieces of herself she thought mended long ago.

 

In this sophomore novel featuring beloved characters from Live Without You, Sarah Grace Grzy explores themes of grief, hope, and second chances in a story that touches both the heart and spirit. 

Since the moment Sarah Grace Grzy first announced she was releasing a second book, I was on the edge of my seat for more information. Sarah Grace’s Instagram is one of my favorite accounts, and I love Live Without You, so I was beyond thrilled when I heard that Never Say Goodbye‘s release date was just days before yours truly’s birthday.

Because that meant someone would buy the book for me. they didn’t, and I forked over my own money but that’s besides the point.

I was honored to be able to join this tour, and write my own review of this story, so if you’re ready, I am.

I started the book, unsure of what to expect. I knew it was about Tyler (one of my favorite characters from Live Without You) but I wasn’t sure what was going on, the exact plot of the story, or how long it was after Live Without You.

I finished the book in one day.

That should be a testament to how amazing this story is. It took me two pages to be sucked into the tale, and it took four hours for me to finish the tale and give all the characters hugs.

Sarah Grace deserves a long round of applause from everyone. Not only from her remarkable story, but also for how much work she’s put into this launch, this story, her Instagram, and just connecting with readers. We need to take a moment of silence to thank her for all of this.

*moment of silence*

Now onto the actual review. I must say, I was a little hesitant about Alyvia and her dad. Just. Hmm. Dad abandonment issues with a young adult? But the tale is perfect, which was astonishing, especially with all that was going on with Tyler and Murrae.

Seeing Ezra and Piper as parents about melted my heart, to be honest. 😍

The pacing of the story was smooth, I was immediately drawn into both Tyler and Alyvia’s problems, and all the little kiddies in the story made it so much better! Plus, the beautiful little bookshop felt like home with such vivid descriptions. I could picture everything, down to the crockity old customer.

The romance was super sweet, but never anything to make you uncomfortable. (Not giving any spoilers here, I promise. 😇) It was easy to understand both Alyvia and Tyler’s motivations, their fears, and their desires, and ah, I was totally cheering both of them on.

The tragic events never seemed unrealistic. It was just like, well, that’s life. It’s full of its ups and downs, and sometimes it feels like it when it rains, it just pours. So overall, I would rate this story five stars.

It surpassed my expectations, and that is hard to do, m’friends.

Now, you’re asking who Sarah Grace Grzy is? Well, let me inform you.

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Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other. A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. Sarah Grace inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.


Where can you buy this lovely work of art?

Amazon

Barnes and Nobles

Book Depository

Indie Bound

If you’re interested in the giveaway, check it out here.

Comment below if you’ve read Live Without You, and tell me if you’ve already pre-ordered Never Say Goodbye, or if you’re planning to order it.

~~Amie~~

The Dressmaker’s Secret (Book Review!)

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WARNING: If you are not familiar with The Dressmaker’s Secret, this review might spoil something…

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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 that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.

Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?

 

Genre is Christian historical women’s fiction. Era is 1870s (Victorian). Setting is England (London, Kent, Yorkshire).

I wasn’t really excited about this review until like, a few minutes ago when I finally finished reading The Dressmaker’s Secret. (Here’s an Amie secret. She procrastinates, and doesn’t finish reading books she’s supposed to review until the day of, or the day before the actual review.)

I’ve read the previous edition of The Dressmaker’s Secret twice at least, and so I was kinda like, okay? Because through the first half of the book, everything is very much the same, just…better wording? XD I mean, as writer’s grow, they’re able to take out telling, and write better. But then I got to the second half and *holds onto my chair so I don’t fall off* WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

The whole Ivy and Alice world has been utterly and completely changed. I am…blow away. And I need Ivy Introspective as soon as humanly possible. But I should actually get onto some useful information, correct?

Alice is the same girl that we all love. Just as stubborn, as funny, and as lively. I was so happy to see that her character hasn’t been changed in the least. (I’m kinda hoping that as Kellyn rewrites the books, she’ll change who Alice marries, because I’m a firm Alice and Kirk shipper. XD) I loved seeing her explore her world over the two years that the book covers. I can’t remember if Ivy was as insignificant in the previous drafts as she seemed in this draft. I thought that she was there more as someone for Alice to compare herself to in previous drafts, but I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Miss Claire Chattoway. *shakes head slowly* I honesty don’t know what to do with her. Part of me wants to ship her back to France. XD The other half is like, “WELL. She was trying to take care of her girls.” I cannot imagine the trouble she must have gone through. *shakes head* Still. XD I’m not sure if I would like her.

ALSO, HOW COULD SHE BE MEAN TO MRS. KNIGHT. Mrs. Knight is a Southern-born, tea-drinking teddy bear! *hugs Mrs. Knight protectively* And she loved Ivy and Alice, so what right did Clair have to be slightly frosty to her? No right at all, thank you very much for agreeing.

And Mr. Parker? I loved*cough cough* liked Mr. Parker immensely. I have no idea how someone can make…Well, is he supposed to be the villain or not?! Because if he’s the villain, he’s an extremely likable one. But he might not be a villain, and this could be a story without a villain.

I don’t know, I’m just rambling at this point. 😂

Of course, I’ve been avoiding talking about Mr. Knight, simply for the reason that he wasn’t my favorite character, and I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you that haven’t read The Dressmaker’s Secret. Basically, I don’t really like Mr. Knight. Simply for the reason that Alice doesn’t ever like him until suddenly, she likes him. But you’ve skipped a few months, so it’s hard to understand why she likes him? So that is all I’m going to say about Mr. Knight.

OVERALL, The Dressmaker’s Secret left me mind blown. Like, how. HOW!? Totally gets five stars, like Kellyn’s books usually get. I mean, IT’S SO GOOD.

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So please, go enter this giveaway, and purchase The Dressmaker’s Secret!

And if you would like to find Kellyn, here’s her links!

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/kellynrothauthor/

INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/kellynrothauthor/

TWITTER: http://twitter.com/kellyntheauthor/

WEBSITE: http://kellynrothauthor.com/  

NEWSLETTER: https://kellynrothauthor.com/newsletter   

AND WITH THAT, I shall leave y’all to enjoy your Saturday. Toodles!

~~Amie~~

More Than A Second Chance: BLOG TOUR!

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Hullo! Today I’m so happy to be able to be apart of another blog tour! This time for Lisa Ren’ee’s book, “More Than a Second Chance.”

It also means I get to review another book. *cracks knuckles* So why waste time? Let’s hop into this review.


I’ll be honest, I was really surprised by the book. I signed up, not sure what to expect after the last book I review without knowing the author. So I almost didn’t sign up for this blog tour, but now I’m glad I did!

Star review: Four stars. 

Content warnings: It talks about drugs, pregnancy out of wedlock, and abuse, but nothing in huge detail. So it talks about hard topics in a Christian light, showing how God works through sin, shame, and pain in the lives of His children.

I already said I went into this without any expectations, and much hesitation. But I quickly became interested in the lives of Cassie and Chris, and what I loved the most about this book was that is wasn’t only a “mushy gushy romance.” It also dealt with Cassie’s work with troubled teens, and lots of cooking. XD Not to mention the struggles of daily life, the desires of the flesh, and awesome family members.

And the last scene? *insert heart eyes* It makes the book 100% times better, I loved it so much.

Honestly, there wasn’t anything I saw in the book to critique, I enjoyed the excuse to stop writing myself in order to read it. Definitely a good book for a cold, rainy, Saturday when you have nothing else to do.

(Also, Lisa has one of the best author bios ever. XD)

Author Bio

Lisa Ren’ee is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Omega Writers, Australia. With an Australian theme, she wrote the Single Again series featuring More Than a Second Chance and Acres of Promise, to encourage women to heal past wounds and to dare trust again.

Lisa adores babies enough to have seven of her own. Recently, Lisa has taken up breeding Ragdoll cats instead of breeding humans.

The tribe lives in Australia, where Lisa and her husband enjoy their writing projects, public speaking, and are on the pastoral team at their church

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FACEBOOK

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One person will win an eBook copy of More Than A Second
Chance by Lisa Renee.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE

And that is all for today, folks! Go enter that giveaway, you won’t regret it.

Also, my email list has decided to be giving me trouble, so please check out my post about my NaNo project on my other blog here, and if you’re interested in my YouTube channel, check it out here. (I post every Saturday. And today the video is…interesting, to say the least. XD)

Toodles!

~~Amie~~

Souls Astray Blog Tour

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Adele has been lost for a long time now …

Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.

Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in care of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?

When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?

Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ A Special Review Defining the Content Level ~ My Website

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Yay!  I’m super excited for todays post.  One of my favorite authors, Kellyn Roth, is publishing a new book!  And it’s not just any book, it’s Adele and Troy’s back story.

(If you aren’t familiar with “The Lady of the Vineyard”, you should probably skip the next paragraph.)

I have an absolute love for Adele and Troy, though I must say my relationship with Adele I more of  a love/hate relationship.  In all honesty, Adele (sadly) reminds me of myself, and I usually can’t stand characters that I can see my reflection in.  But that being said,  Troy is amazing, and that is why I have asked him to join me…After I write a review about the beautiful Souls Astray.

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Can we first swoon over the cover?!  Please, the colors, the poppies, the beauty?!?!?! I want this book on my bookshelf dreadfully.  It’s just so…so beautiful!

Anyway, on to my review.  I need to fangirl, so this might be fan girlish instead of a normal review.

I would rate it 5 stars, honestly.  It was a Kellyn Roth original that didn’t disappoint me in the least.

When I pick up Kellyn’s books, I expect magic to happen, to love and hate the characters with a passion.  Because Kellyn’s books are passionate, full and just dripping with passion.

But it’s not the bad kind of passion, not the kind of passion that makes an innocent, Christian, homeschooled teenage girl cringe.  It’s the kind that takes you out of the world you’re in, and takes you into the time period she’s writing.  It’s the kind of passion that makes you forget where you are and makes you feel what the characters are feeling.

Souls Astray didn’t disappoint me in the least.

But first I want to say that this was probably the bluntest of Kellyn’s books I’ve read.  It dealt with a very different worldview than her Alice and Ivy series, and I expected that.  It was beautiful, because she showed us two different worldviews, their consequences, and said, “You choose.  But just so you know, this isn’t the end of the story.  There’s a second book.”

So if you’re squeamish with romance, this probably isn’t your book.  It deals with partying, divorce, and love at first sight…But if you’re not, this book is one you must read.

And with the love at first sight…Kellyn did an amazing job making it real.  Of course, I read a part to my mom and asked her if she ever felt that way for my dad, and she answered in the negative.  But I expected that. 😉 I’m not sure if I believe in love at first sight, but Kellyn did a good job making it believable.

Honestly, my heart felt so bad for Adele all throughout the book, and with Kellyn rewriting The Lady of the Vineyard, Adele has become more of “a lost person” instead of “The monster” that I assumed she was when I first read The Lady of the Vineyard.

So?  The plot was engaging, the characters real, their struggles engaging, and the Christian message clear.  This book is amazing, and you should all read it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  And once you do, email me so I can fangirl about it with you.  😂

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And now it tis time for me to bring in two people that I’m impatient to interview.  First off, please welcome Mr. Troy Kee!

As a man, what is the hardest part about waiting for a woman to get ready?

 

Knowing that she was already ready when she got started! You women. You really don’t need makeup or perfect hair or an outfit that matches. Or jewelry. Jewelry is quite distracting. Don’t get me started on perfume! It’s the bane of my existence.

So yes, it’s all unnecessary. You don’t see me putting on lipstick to impress Adele, do you? And you never will! (Although I think she might have me thrown into an asylum if I did that.) (Double standards…)

What is one book (besides the Bible) that has changed your life?

 

Ahh, tough. Because I don’t like reading! But I loved Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I know, I know. Saying a silly adventure story changed my life is kind of stupid. But a sense of adventure is important! Life is a bit of a wild ride. And the story talks a lot about heroes and how they tend to disappoint, which is something I can relate to.

What is the most painful thing someone has said to you?

 

“No, you cannot have chocolate every minute of every day.”

Really, I don’t have words to describe the emotional agony.

Okay, if I’m going to be serious it might be along the lines of (and I quote):

“You may think you’ll be some fantastic father who’ll, I don’t know, teach your son to shoot or ward off scary suitors from your daughter, but in reality, being a father means nothing.”

Frightening.

Would you consider yourself good with children?

 

Good with children as in children like me, I like children, and we have a good time together … or good with children as in I do what’s best for them all the time and never, for instance, let them have too much chocolate or stay up all night telling them stories?

Because yes if it’s the first and no if it’s the second. Chocolate and late-night stories are important.

What takes place in owning a vineyard?

 

Lots of frustrated arguing in French.
Okay, really, I spend more time on paperwork and traveling about speaking to restaurant owners and the like than I’d like. I’d rather stay here, overseeing the harvert and making sure all the vines are healthy. But I’m in charge here now, so there ’tis!
What is your favorite verse of Scripture?
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all Creation will be able to separate us from the love of God who is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
What are your thoughts on society?
It’s best avoided at all costs!
Would you ever consider moving to America?
Actually, I have! It sounds like an adventure. I could never leave my vineyard, but I would love to visit some day. Though it would be lonely to travel alone. Still, I’d like to see the world some day!
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Thank you, Mr. Kee, for joining us.  Our second guest is Mr. Harrington.

What makes you joyful?

 

Nothing.

Could you give me a brief story of your life?

 

No.

Do you prefer grape juice or orange juice?

 

Neither. Coffee.

What was the worst thing Troy did as a child?

 

Exist.

Does Judy look more like Troy or more like Adele in your opinion?

 

Troy. Unfortunately.

What is your favorite pastime?

 

Reading.

Do you think you get enough credit in the books?

 

No.

What is your middle name, sir?

 

My full name is Millard None Of Your Business Harrington.
Hehe, thanks, Mr. Millard None Of Your Business Harrington.
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The next exciting thing is the giveaway! Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Souls Astray and a $20 Amazon gift card. Open to international entries.

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And now this is where I go and read another book.  Adios, amigos!

~~Amie~~

Faith Alone Blog Tour

Disclaimer: I’m not a romance lover, and so this isn’t my kind of book.  If you enjoy Christian romance, this book is for you!

 

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Grace Neunaber has finally found happiness. After struggling for years as a single mother of four, she’s thrilled about her newfound faith and her marriage to a strong Christian man. But as David is added to their family of five, her enthusiasm is quickly dampened by her older children’s open hostility and resentment toward their new father.

For Grace’s daughter, Faith, having a principal for a step-dad is only one of the downsides. Her parents are nosy, restrictive, and most of all embarrassing. But Faith’s issues with her parents are quickly shoved aside when she’s faced with a decision that will change the course of her future.

Each member of the Neunaber family will have to rely on their faith in God if their strained relationships are going to knit them closer together instead of tear their family apart.

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My Review

First off, I was semi surprised to find out it was a romance, because for some reason I didn’t think it was when I signed up for this blog tour.  That disappointment was probably my own fault, though.  Should have read everything a bit closer.

Second, it was said to be squeaky clean.  Now, I understand that everyone’s definition of squeaky clean is different.  Mine personally is no kissing in the book.  Well, this book certainly wasn’t squeaky clean.  How can a book dealing with teenage pregnancy be squeaky clean?

Honestly, that alone really bothered me, but other things quickly arouse.  I have no idea what age this book is targeted towards.  The writing style made me think Y/A fiction, but some of it just wasn’t good.  The way the book was structured made it hard to follow, though the writing style was simple, and it was hard to get emotionally attached to the characters.

I was slightly disappointed that I guessed what happened from the first chapter, and then it was just a long read.  The book wasn’t well written, honestly, and the characters didn’t seem to have very real reactions.

Another thing I would like to point out is the fact that the mom and children were new Christians, while the dad had been a Christian for a while, which is fine.  The thing I didn’t understand was the fact that the mom, a new Christian, had such stricter rules on dating than the dad.  It just didn’t make much sense to me.

Also, the character Aaron.  I’m very confused as to how old he is, and quite a few other things.  As a character, he was very confusing.

So how would I rate this book?  I would give it three out of five stars.  The topic was a good topic that needs to be written on more often.  But the execution was just lacking.

*hides* I didn’t want to have a bad review for this author.  And I’m sorry this is what I think about this book.  A friend told me to be honest about it, and so I am.  Would I recommend Faith Alone to anyone?  To people that enjoy romance, and aren’t very familiar with the pro-life stance, yes!

Edit: I also really enjoyed the ending.  The sweetness of it all made up for a lot of the beginning that I didn’t enjoy.  Also, a few quotes from it made me laugh and smile.

That being said, let’s take a look at who authored it.

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AUTHOR BIO

 

Ruth Meyer graduated from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a degree in church music and no plans whatsoever to become an author. But a student of the week project for her son inspired Our Faith from A to Z, a children’s picture book. After that, it was only a matter of time before she tried her hand at fiction. As both the daughter of and the wife of a pastor, Ruth has moved around a lot, and her experiences provide many ideas for her writing. Currently, she resides in rural Texas with her husband, their five children, and two dogs. It is her hope that through her writing, readers are assured of God’s grace through His Son, Jesus.

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And now for the blog tour schedule.

Monday the 22nd

Blog Tour Intro // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Book Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Tuesday the 23rd

Review // Amie @ Crazy A

Review // Jane Mouttet @ Library Lady’s Kid Lit

Wednesday the 24th

Review // Marie Shen @ Imperial Scribis

Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl

Thursday the 25th

Book Spotlight // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up in Writing

Friday the 26th

Review // Mary Moerbe @ Meet, Write, & Salutary

Review // Chloe @ Purely By Faith Reviews

Saturday the 27th

Review // Jes Drew @ Agency of Books and Spies

Sunday the 28th

Review // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing

Monday the 29th

Review & Author Interview // Kaitlyn S. @ Maidens for Modesty

Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Welp, that sums up this post, folks!  I’m off to go pick strawberries with my family. 😉

~~Amie~~

Beyond Her Calling: Book Review

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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?

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*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

-Scotland

-awkwardness

-kittens

-cows (and being afraid of cows)

-BORDER COLLIES

-small adorable children

-more Scotland

-awesome families

-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.)

  1. 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. 😉

3. Scotland

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.

4. Awkwardness

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. 😂

5. Kittens

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.

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I heard your mental awwwww. 😉  It’s a kitten, y’all!  How can you resist it?

6. COWS!!!!!

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂

When you went to school, were you teased about your accent?
 
Ach, a wee bit. But it wasna bad, an’ I dinna care what they think! I know very well tha’ it’s a good, strong brogue, an’ nothin’ tae be ashamed o’.
 
What made you decide to become a doctor?
 
Well, it’s like this. I like people, an’ I dinna want tae see them suffer. Also, I think I can be a help tae them. Besides, Dr. McCale gave me a brilliant opportunity tae get an education, an’ who was I tae complain?
 
Growing up in a family full of boys, was there a lot of competition?
 
Aye! What do ye expect? We were always jostlin’ each other about, tryin’ tae be th’ winner. O’ course, I’m th’ eldest so I had a bit o’ a lead.
 
What were some of your first thoughts when you first came to the McCale House?
 
I thought it was a bit o’ an odd place. I wasna quite adjusted tae workin’ with people like Ivy an’ Violet. But as I got used to it, I learned tae love th’ work!
 
How important is music to you?
 
Well, music is pretty! I enjoy dancin’, an’ it’s nice tae have it when ye’re dancing. Otherwise, I dinna have much o’ an opinion.
 
What is your fondest childhood memory?
 
Oh, tha’s impossible! I have so many. I suppose times spent with me best friend, Tristan Kendrick? We had some wild adventures.
 
Are you excited about the release of Beyond Her Calling?
 
Aye! I think it’s a fantastic story, actually, meself.
 
How well acquainted with Kellyn are you?
 
Passin’ well. No’ as well as Ivy is. Ivy actually like Miss Roth. Meself? She tends to mess with me life.
 
What is your favorite fictional book?
 
I’m no’ much for readin’ outside o’ textbooks. I canna think o’ one! I did like learnin’ about Greek myths and whatnot.
 
What is your favorite meal?
 
Tae many tae list!
 
Do you prefer summer or winter?
 
Ach, summer. I was never one for cold!
 
Answer truthfully…What are your thoughts on Violet?
 
 
Tha’s difficult tae say. I think Violet could be a grand lass, but she doesna live up tae her potential. She doesna even try. An’ I do like her, I suppose – I canna help but like her because she’s been in me care for so long! But it’s one thing tae know tha’ ye must care for someone an’ another tae want tae be with them, an’ Violet can be so unpleasant sometimes.
 
What do you hope people learn from your story?
 
Tae no’ make th’ same stupid mistakes I make all th’ time!
And, because I found this so interesting, here is Jordy’s character info.  

Jordy McAllen

Jordy McAllen

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).

Random Facts:

-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.

For more information, check out his latest novel:

https://kellynrothauthor.com/books/beyond-her-calling/
Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/drjordymcallen/  

Check out the facebook page.  It’s HILARIOUS what the other characters talk about.  XD.

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Kellyn should have put music as the highlights!  It’s a major part of the story, and as a pianist myself, and a lover of music, it was very satisfying.

Anyway, y’all need to know about Kellyn, too, right?

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Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen. Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.
Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/
And then you need the links…
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You need to go to Kellyn’s blog to see the rest of the posts, and stay tuned with the rest of the blogs for the blog tour.  It’s going to be splendid, like all of Kellyn’s blog tours.  Thanks for listening to me rave, and thank you again, Jordy, for joining me!
~~Amie~~