Review – A Prayer Unanswered – historical fiction

I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for A Prayer Unanswered by Kellyn Roth!

Title: A Prayer Unanswered

Author: Kellyn Roth

Series: The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 5

Genre: Christian Historical Women’s Fiction / Family Saga

Era: Victorian / Early 1880s

Setting: England and United States (Pennsylvania, Ohio)

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About the Book:

As Alice Strauss enters her first year of marriage—full of optimism and determination—she finds herself wholly unprepared for reality. In a new country, with a new family, she struggles to find her footing. Difficult relationships and situations batter her, but she is determined to establish a perfect life with the man she loves.

Unfortunately, perfection seems just beyond her reach. An unexpected tragedy flings Alice out of control, and she struggles to rise from the ruins. Her world is full of spinning variables and agony beyond anything she has ever experienced.

However, there is hope—in a God who loves her and a future established for her since before time began. Yet the devastation of Alice’s life seems beyond even the touch of grace.



My Review

Roth, Kellyn. A Prayer Unanswered. The Dalles, OR: Wild Blue Wonder Press, 2022.

A Prayer Unanswered is the fifth book in Kellyn Roth’s The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. The main character of the books alternated back and forth between the two sisters. I was a little confused at the start of the story. I thought I remembered Alice and Peter’s wedding from a previous book, yet this one starts before the wedding. 

All marriages have their struggles. A Prayer Unanswered follows Alice and Peter through their first year of marriage. I think Alice and Peter had more struggles than most do. Will they be able to overcome the challenges they face? 

I appreciated the list of characters at the start of the book. Roth also included a pronunciation guide. One more thing that would be helpful as the series grows is a summary of each of the previous books. 

I have enjoyed getting to know Alice and Ivy and their family members throughout this series. I look forward to reading the next book.

I’m not sure I would place A Prayer Unanswered in a K-12 Christian school library. There are a couple of passages that might not be appropriate for the high school audience in general although more mature high schoolers would probably enjoy it. 

I received a complimentary copy of A Prayer Unanswered as part of Kellyn Roth’s street team. 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 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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Kellyn Roth is giving away a paperback copy of A Prayer Unanswered, a locket, and a bracelet.


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