Author: Kellyn Roth
Genre: Historical Fiction/Young Adult
She needs to keep her past a secret, but how can she when her daughter insists on asking questions?
Miss Chattoway has built her business from a one-woman operation to a successful dress shop catering to the upper class. By keeping her twin daughters a secret and telling no one about their father, she ensures that her reputation remains spotless and ladies of London continue returning for her services.
Eight-year-old Alice wants one thing—to make her mother happy. She’s sure that her mother wouldn’t cry anymore if their family became whole ... but that means finding out who her father is and forcing him to return to them.
While Miss Chattoway struggles to balance the roles of mother and provider with her emotional turmoil, Alice investigates her mother’s past. However, she is unprepared for what she discovers.
The first novel in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, a Christian historical family saga.
Reviewer: Jessica G.
The Dressmaker's Secret was an enjoyable story. There was always something happening, which kept me reading and wondering what was going to happen next. While it was intriguing, there was an overall feeling of unhurriedness, and it was easy to follow.
I liked the charm of the era it was set in; the big houses, maids and drivers, and the standard of etiquette. It was a nice glimpse into the past, and I appreciated the simplicity of the way the time period was portrayed. I didn't have to try to keep up with figures of speech that are no longer used today, etc. It was easy to read.
The characters were all so good and deep. I liked how they each had their story which slowly came out. It was real and didn't shy from tougher topics, but kept them almost light, as seen through a young girl's eyes. It was good to see how complex things are often simpler than we think, and it would be ideal for younger readers.
There was nothing I really disliked about The Dressmaker's Secret. I wouldn't read it for the writing, but it was perfectly adequate for the story, and I look forward to seeing the author mature in her writing style. Overall, I enjoyed it so much I had to read it in two sittings and I intend to read the rest of the series when I can.