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Ivy Introspective by Kellyn Roth (5 star review)

Ivy Introspective
The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2

by Kellyn Roth

222 pages // published in 2020 // Christian historical fiction


In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?

Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.

Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.

In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it—and help others do the same.

My Review

5 Star Rating

Wow! Really impressed! While this sometimes is a sorrowful tale, it's also quite a cozy read. I think this sequel is even better than the first book in the series. Perhaps it's just because I could connect better with the characters through Ivy's perspective. (And still, what a beautiful cover these books have!)

Ivy's family knows she was born simple, that she "struggles to cope with the world". Her senses are very, well, sensitive -- to things like loud noise, bright lights, or being overwhelmed by too many people in the room. When an opportunity arises, a special place for the developmentally challenged, Ivy is given a fresh start in life.

At her new school in Scotland, McCale House, Ivy finds Violet, a horrid, bitter girl with a sour outlook and who has screaming fits at night. Maybe this girl could use Ivy's help. And maybe Ivy will find her purpose. (I really enjoyed watching Ivy grow up!)

At the same time, God is working out His plan in another's life, Grandmother Nora. She has a newfound sense of healing and courage, moving on from her life with an abusive husband. I found her story to be greatly inspirational too!

Overall, this book tackles a lot of mental and emotional issues. I was really impressed by the research that the author put into the story. She is very talented in her writing style.

Recommended for: Adults

Suitable for: 13 and up

Suicide is briefly mentioned, as well as Ivy's parents' complicated history and relationship. Yet it's always written tactfully and kept clean.

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About the Author

Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who loves border collies. A ranch girl with a love for storytelling, she’s been writing since she was seven and published since she was fourteen.

Kell lives in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon with her family, cat, and three puppy-dogs. When not writing, she teaches writing and talks about writing, but she also enjoys other things. She just can’t think of any right now.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this review! I loved how you just seemed to *get* Ivy, from what you said - it was so fun to read, in your own words, you sort of describing her back to me. :P #nerdyauthorthings

    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Kellyn!!!!