About the Book
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.
Roth, Kellyn. Ivy Introspective. The Dalles, OR: Wild Blue Wonder Press, 2020.
As an educator I like to see people of differing abilities represented in the books I read. In Ivy Introspective Ivy has a hard time relating to people. Author Kellyn Roth doesn’t specify a diagnosis for Ivy but to me she displays traits of having Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since Ivy Introspective is set in the Victorian Era, Roth did research into the time period in order to accurately portray the setting. She admits in her note at the end that while she could find no evidence of anything like the McHale House, it would be feasible. I tend to agree with her. I love the theme in the book that no matter your abilities you have something to offer; that God can use you. Ivy gradually comes out of herself to discover her God-given gifts. Her faith in God is simple yet it gets to the heart of some of her fellow characters in the book. Many of the characters in the book show growth and some characters become more endearing to the reader as the plot progresses.
While probably not necessary, I would recommend reading the book in the Alice and Ivy series in order. Doing so will help you better understand the family dynamics presented in the story. Roth has books 3 and 4 already planned for the series. I can’t wait to read them.
While Ivy Introspective is an adult novel, I do think it could find a home in a K-12 Christian school library. High schoolers who enjoy historical fiction, may enjoy it.
I received a complimentary copy of Ivy Introspective as a member of the launch team. This is my honest review.
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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