Title: The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1)
Author: Kellyn Roth
Release Date: January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Page Number: 214
After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.
However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.
Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?
3 out of 5 stars
Huge thank you to Kellyn Roth for sending me a copy of this book!
This story follows Miss Claire Chattoway and her twin daughters Alice and Ivy. Miss Chattoway is a single mother in the 1870s living near London, so people are skeptical of her. Decent women don’t get pregnant before marriage because during that time people didn’t just sleep around if they were in the right social circles. Anyway, so Miss Chattoway is raising two girls and is running her dress shop. She creates the designs and sews dresses for people of the town she’s in. Alice gets very curious as to why she doesn’t have a father, and Claire is very skeptical to telling her about how she came to be. Alice does some digging and finds out that her mother is heartbroken, but was actually married when she was 17. Who is her father?
This story was really cute! Before reading this I didn’t fully delve into the synopsis, so I didn’t know that it was taking place in the 1800s in England. YAY ENGLAND. My dream travel destination :) That was a nice surprise.
I really enjoyed Alice as a character because she was so curious and willing to look for what she wanted. I didn’t really enjoy how her sister Ivy was portrayed. It said multiple times that she was a simple girl and didn’t really understand what was going on, but I think some of the language choices should have been evaluated more. I found Miss Chattoway to be a little annoying at the beginning, but I came to enjoy her by the end of the story. Her story was tragic and made me sad, so I felt sorry for her.
Another thing, though. This book was very predictable. I guessed the ending about halfway through, which isn’t bad, but I did guess everything that was going to happen. I did like the ending even though it was predictable. It was sweet, and made me want to continue on with the series. I really hope that Alice and the stable boy end up falling in love because aww that would be so cute.
This book was a little bit slow at the beginning, so it was kind of hard for me to get into and found myself reaching for other books, but I am glad that I read it! Again, huge thank you to Kellyn! Can’t wait to continue with the series :)