About the Book
Book: After Our Castle
Author: Kellyn Roth
Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction
Release date: October, 2022
A year into a blissfully happy marriage, Violet Angel admits to a dose of skepticism. She’s not married, granted—but as the closest friend of the bride and groom, she feels she has a perspective no one but the people directly involved could have. There’s no such thing as a happy ending, and it’s only a matter of time before the castle in the sky plummets to earth.
If only Violet were always wrong instead of just mostly wrong. Ivy McAllen doesn’t believe she and her new husband are out of the honeymoon period—if they are, she isn’t going to admit it to herself—but there are certainly areas of adjustment that she hadn’t expected.
Changes at the village of Keefmore and in Ivy’s life lead to complications, and Violet spirals further and further from reality. When a castle in the sky turns to be more cloud than stronghold, finding a foothold proves to be more than a little difficult.
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After Our Castle continues the family saga of sisters Alice and Ivy this story focusing on Ivy and her husband Jordy. They have been married for a year and still getting used to one another, when Ivy begins to feel a bit out of sorts. She is a new wife, with not a lot to do and she desperately wants to have a baby. Jordy is quite happy with the way things are. He wants to make life easier for Ivy treating her well, and he is not interested in children, for many reasons as we go through the story.
I have not had a chance to read this whole series, I wish that I had, but the character I have read about the most is Ivy. She is a lot of times in her head and the fact she had such a hard time talking to Jordy about this problem made me just want to hug her. She begins to really rely on the Lord on this and asking that He intercede for her.
We get some of this story through Jordy's perspective and though I tried to understand him, it was a bit harder. I felt the author did a great job on getting inside the head of a male, his fears and his reasoning for his choices that so obviously hurt his wife, yet he was oblivious to.
Then there was Violet. She loves Ivy so much, but she also loves Jordy and wants him. Her head was a bit of a mess. I am really hoping that she gets a happily ever after. I want someone to sweep her off of her feet and make her forget her unhappiness and to know her. She needs her own story.
I look forward to reading the back stories of this family drama and the future ones. This is a series that is quite riveting.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory and a writing coach. When not building her author career, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.
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After Our Castle was a book I didn’t think I would ever write. Oh, I considered writing a short story or two about the early years of Ivy and Jordy’s marriage, yes, but it wasn’t until last year that I decided that I would write a full-length novel.
Why did I hesitate? I’m writing a family saga, after all, and I plan on covering every stage of my characters’ lives in the 10+ books I’m planning (this being book 6). Well, I didn’t think there was anything to be discussed about Ivy and Jordy’s early married days, as there was with my other book couple, Alice and Peter. Nothing interesting, I thought, happens until 1890, eight years into their union. So why write about anything before then?
Then I realized just how much backstory I was packing into that book. And I realized that, for my writing style, there are so many little things that can add up into a book. And that became the story that is After Our Castle.
The novel wasn’t an easy one to write. It required a lot of subtlety and doesn’t precisely have the most perfect ending. But I knew, if I wanted to set up book 8, I would have to write the novel this way.
So here we go. Another book I wasn’t sure about–but that careful writing and even more careful editing, along with a lot of prayer, have turned into a story I’m actually rather proud of.
I hope you enjoy After Our Castle!
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