Updated: Jan 13
Jul. 18, 2020
Today's post is going to be something a little different. In a good way, I promise! I'm thrilled to be participating in the media tour for author Kellyn Roth's newly released Ivy Introspective.
Ivy Introspective is a Christian historical novel that I very much enjoyed. As a voracious reader, it was so great to have something new to read. With a delightful setting and compelling characters, it was the perfect afternoon's escape. I sincerely hope you will read it too.
My Review of Ivy Introspective
It's been raining all morning; the drops patter against your window like music. You're tired and tense - what better to do than escape? Pour yourself a lovely cup of tea. Curl up with a good book. You're headed to England.
All my life I have had a heart for people with disabilities. I have a special-needs cousin who I love very much. I've been blessed enough to interact firsthand with people with disabilities. I have grown to love them and have a massive heart for them. People with special needs are tragically misunderstood - they are "different." Ivy Introspective paints differences not as weaknesses but rather, as strengths.
Ivy Introspective 's 12-year-old Ivy Knight lives in England in the 1800s. Ivy is called a "simple" child - these days she would possibly be diagnosed with social anxiety or be considered "neurodivergent". However, in the 1800s not much was known about these conditions.
Characters in Ivy Introspective struggle with mental illnesses like OCD, anxiety and others. It's fascinating to read about mental health in a historical context.
The world is a tough place even now for neurodivergent children. I really appreciated such a nuanced and heart-felt take on mental health issues and disabilities.
Ivy's characterization is evident from the beginning. From the first page, I fell in love with her. Miss Roth does a wonderful job immediately getting you on Ivy's side. The story feels very realistic, like you're stepping into Ivy's mind.
Ivy is smart, but sensitive and shy. She longs to be accepted but can't find a place to fit in. I think everyone can relate to feeling "different." Readers can easily connect to Ivy's struggles.
Ivy Introspective is set partially in Kent, England - a place, frankly, I wouldn't mind being right about now. A lot of it is also set in Scotland, which, again - wouldn't mind being there, either.
With all the stress surrounding me, and all of us, really, this novel was a great way to get lost in the past for a few hours. Who doesn't need to indulge in some historical fiction every now and then?
Most novels these days are dark, gritty, and filled with gratitious violence (among other things). I wouldn't call Ivy Introspective light-hearted, necessarily - it does touch on serious themes, like love, treatment of neurodivergent people, faith, fear, and others. But it is certainly a pure-hearted work of art. It shows the difficult side to life without glorifying it. This novel uplifts life and love, not hate and death.
Ivy Introspective brings beautifully to light how Christ's love shines through unexpected people. This message is essential always, but especially now.
With delightful and well-realized characters, an important theme, and a lavish European setting, Ivy Introspective has something for everyone.
So make sure to pick up a copy, boil some tea (as Ivy says, better with cream and better still with sugar), and settle in. It's time to immerse yourself in an endearing English escape. Kellyn Roth's novel can be purchased at these links:
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.
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.
Website & Blog: http://kellynrothauthor.com/
Email List: http://kellynrothauthor.com/newsletter/
The entire Ivy Introspective blog tour:
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July 18th Beth Buckles - Book Spotlight - https://www.instagram.com/efbuckleswriter/ Michaela Bush - Book Review - https://tangledupinwriting.com A. Riley Vallier (me! ☺️) - Book Review - https://aval2359.wixsite.com/storywell
July 31st Kim - Book Spotlight - https://instagram.com/all.the.lovely.pages Abigail - Book Review - https://novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com/