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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? 

The Dressmaker's Secret is the first novel in a Christian women's fiction saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy.

©2016, 2020 Kellyn Roth, Author (P)2020 Wild Blue Wonder Press

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*Thanks to the author for a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Kellyn Roth’s The Dressmaker’s Secret is a story of two sisters and their mother’s mysterious past. I appreciated the characters. Nettie, Uncle Charlie, and Hazel were some of my favorites. I also liked the Scriptural elements included in the story, for example, Nettie and Hazel sharing their faith with Claire and the simple faith of children. It also had a classic and sweet feel to it.

There were some things I did not like about this story. One of them was the pace. It seemed to slow down and speed up and rush, in places where it would’ve been better off doing the opposite. There were also many characters, and I had a hard time keeping track of them all.
I have to share what is bothering me the most about this, and that is the outcome of the story.

**SPOILER ALERT. Eventually finding out who the girls’ father was, and finding that one of the girls wasn’t related to either Claire or to the supposed father, then even more secrets at the end… I just did not appreciate that, and it left me very disappointed and confused. Another spoiler here—I didn’t appreciate that the author killed off a character to give a hallmark/disney perfect ending instead of a realistic and not-always-happy ending. End of Spoiler.**

All of these are the reasons for my rating.

Content guide:
Violence: 2/10 (death, illness, mention of abuse, miscarriage)
Sexual content: 5/10 (rumors of children out of wedlock)

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Beautiful, heartfelt story

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required. The following review is my honest opinion.

Such a sweet story! I become a bigger fan of Kellyn Roth's writing with every story of hers I read. She has such a talent for telling stories full of heart and well fleshed-out characters. I loved getting to know Claire, Alice, and Ivy and watching their journeys from broken to healing. I also thought Kellyn did a great job handling the subject matter of a single mother in a time when a woman in that situation would have been gossiped about and judged. Kellyn handled it with much grace, skill, and tact and I thought that adding the children's perspectives on everything was a great touch. I'll also note that she did an excellent job making the children actually sound their respective ages. That's something that can be difficult, but she pulled it off!

As for the quality of the audiobook, it was excellent. The narrator spoke clearly and brought the characters to life.

Overall, I enjoyed this story very much and am excited to read more books about these characters!

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Beautifully written historical fiction.

I am so in love with this book! The story, narration and writing were all amazing. It was my very first Christian historical fiction and I loved it! The plot twists were so shocking and I did not see any of them coming. Overall great book and recommend it for anyone and everyone.

*I received this audiobook for free from the author for this honest review.*