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?
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.
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. 😂
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.”
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!
Thank you, Mr. Kee, for joining us. Our second guest is Mr. Harrington.
What makes you joyful?
Could you give me a brief story of your life?
Do you prefer grape juice or orange juice?
What was the worst thing Troy did as a child?
Does Judy look more like Troy or more like Adele in your opinion?
What is your favorite pastime?
Do you think you get enough credit in the books?
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
Check out the facebook page. It’s HILARIOUS what the other characters talk about. XD.
Anyway, y’all need to know about Kellyn, too, right?
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/
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!
Judy only has one friend: her goldfish, Marlie. With Marlie gone, who can Judy rely on?
Goldfish Secrets is the short story prequel to The Lady of the Vineyard.
Hello guys! Today I’m reviewing Goldfish Secrets. When I first saw Kellyn was have a relaunch, or whatever she’s doing with this, I was super excited. The Lady of the Vineyard was the first book I read by Kellyn, and I was enchanted by her writing style. It’s sweet, and the romance is extremely clean. In a lot of ways, the romance reminds me of Christy by Catherine Marshall, and that’s high praise from me. I totally love Christy. Anyway, I was excited.
But, after I read it, I’ll be honest. I was extremely disappointed. It didn’t have such a Kellyn feel to it, and it wasn’t anything new, if you read The Lady of the Vineyard first. We all knew that Judy was lonely. We know that Judy couldn’t trust lots of people in her life. It just didn’t make sense to me.
Since her divorce, Adele Collier has pursued her own pleasure at the expense of her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears in their lives, Adele allows him to take Judy to France with him for the summer. The time apart leads her to realize her daughter is the light of her world, yet she’s still not sure she’s ready to give up her lifestyle.
Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade her mother’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever … but someday she must return to England and her mother. However, Judy isn’t sure she can ever trust her mother again.
A novella set in pre-WW2 Europe, this sweet story is sure to delight lovers of light-hearted historical fiction.
The Lady of the Vineyard
Is absolutely lovely! I adore it, and I was extremely disappointed with it came to an end. I want to know what happens to Judy when she gets older! It was such a sweet story, and EVERYONE must read it.
Judy’s dad is just…*heart eyes* Amazing! And I feel so bad for Adele. She’s seriously my favorite character. You certainly MUST read it.
I have not read Flowers, but that is on my want-to-read list.
Kellyn Roth was born and lives on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Oregon. Always fascinated with telling stories, she created crazy games to play with her little brothers as a child. Today, she writes Christian and Historical Fiction with a focus on truth and family. Find out more about her and her novels at kellynrothauthor.com