Review – Beyond Her Calling – Christian Fiction

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Book Information

Title: Beyond Her Calling

Series: The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 4

Genre: Christian Historical Romance / Victorian Romance / Scottish Romance

Setting: Scotland

Era: Victorian

Specific Dates: Late 1881

Blurb:

Ivy Knight feels that her life may never start. Though her loving family assures her that her place in the world is close to home, she still feels a push to move out of her comfort zone. Hoping against hope, she travels to her old friends at McCale House, seeking a purpose.

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. He fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he can’t be a good doctor, let alone a good man. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

When an old friend decides to travel to Keefmore and visit a relative, Ivy follows. She soon finds herself drawn to Jordy, but as their attraction grows, they both face doubts. A relationship between the two of them feels improbable—and might just require a step of impossible faith.

My Review

Roth, Kellyn. Beyond Her Calling.  The Dalles, OR: Wild Blue Wonder Press, 2022.

I have enjoyed watching Alice and Ivy grow up through Kellyn Roth’s series The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. I appreciated that Roth included a character list and a Scots Translation Guide at the start of the book. When reading through a series, I always find it helpful to read through a character list to refresh my memory of the previous books. When including a language or dialect that readers are not used to, having a translation guide makes the book easier to read. 

Beyond Her Calling focuses on Ivy. We don’t hear much about Alice other than an occasional mention. Watching Ivy come of age when she has been viewed as “simple” or somehow not a “whole” person in previous books was very rewarding to read. Ivy listened to God’s voice in her life and followed the path she sensed He wanted her to go down. Readers are also reintroduced to Jordy. Seeing him grow as a character and learn to admit past mistakes made him feel like a real person. Violet also reappears and plays an important part in the growth of both Ivy and Jordy. 

Beyond Her Calling could be placed in a K-12 Christian school library. I would probably label it as high school only, although I encourage librarians to read the book for themselves before making this determination. 

I received a complimentary copy of Beyond Her Calling. This is my honest review. 

About the author – Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.

Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory, a virtual assistant, 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.

Website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/ 

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