Total Pageviews

Friday, June 10, 2022

Book Review and Giveaway - Souls Astray Author: Kellyn Roth On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

Book: Souls Astray

Author: Kellyn Roth

Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction

Release date: April 5, 2022

Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.

Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in charge of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?

When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

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.


More from Kellyn

Hello everyone!

First, I wanted to thank you all for checking out this blog tour! In this fast-paced world, the fact that you took a moment out of your day to read this is actually a pretty big honor. I appreciate you checking out my little book and taking the time to read my introduction.

Souls Astray was the book I wrote when my granddad died. We were very close, and at the time he died, I was a lonely teenager, recently graduated from high school and unsure of my next step. I was heartbroken by his death – it felt like the nail in the coffin of my family, and it felt a little like he was the last person who believed in me.

This wasn’t true, but my, did it feel my dramatic self with lots of thoughts! I poured those into the book, writing it all in about three weeks, and then I spent the next few years revising it.

This book (and the other novels in its series) are of a different tone than my usual books. Even though I delve into difficult topics in all my stories – such as grief and loss, miscarriage, assault, serious mental health issues – this story somehow ended up with a tone I don’t think I could replicate if I tried.

This was the story I wrote out of my own grief and desperation, my own feeling that my world was falling apart. It’s like sharing a piece of my own heart to share it. Though Adele and Troy had very different journeys than mine, which is pretty peachy compared to their lives, I still relate to them.

This was also the first book I didn’t dedicate to a real person – the dedication ended up being inspired by a song, actually, which was comforting to me during this time: God Only Knows by For King & Country. “For the lonely, for the ashamed, the misunderstood, and the ones to blame. What if we could start over?”

Thank you again for your time!

Kellyn Roth

My Thoughts

 Souls Astray is written by Kellyn Roth. This is book one in the Kees and Collier series. I have read other books by this author and have always enjoyed them. This book took me on an emotional rollercoaster that I was not prepared to take. Adele reminded me of some of the things in my past. My mother was a lot like her mother. It brought back to places of my life I thought I had closed off. However, I always say that I am given books to review when God knows I need them. There is always a lesson that God wants me to know. 

Adele has had a rough childhood. Her father and two of her brothers were killed in the First World War. Her brother, Kenneth was her favorite in the family. They were very close despite the age difference. Adele's mother was very cold, calculating, and honesty neglectful after the deaths of her husband and sons. Adele loved going to her friend, Millie's house to be part of a normal family. Millie and Adele move to London when they are old enough. Millie starts working as a secretary, Adele in a department store. 

Troy came from a very different background. He had loving parents and adored his little sister. However, everything changed when his father was killed in war and his mother died from the flu. They go to his uncle's vineyard in France and Troy inherits all the land. He is super protective of his sister. 

The two of them meet by chance and it's instant attraction. I enjoyed seeing their romance build. However, Adele is still struggling with the pain of her past. The book ends in a cliffhanger which makes me want to read book two asap. 

The story moves quickly, through multiple years, but the author has woven it all together seamlessly. You do not feel like it is rushed at all. The characters are well written, the storyline is original and intriguing. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to be a part of this tour, all thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, June 1

Miriam Jacob, June 1

lakesidelivingsite, June 2

Texas Book-aholic, June 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 4

Rebecca Tews, June 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 5

For Him and My Family, June 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 8

deb’s Book Review, June 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 10

To Everything There Is A Season, June 10

Connie’s History Classroom, June 11

Splashes of Joy, June 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 13

Pause for Tales, June 14


To celebrate her tour, Kellyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Souls Astray sounds like a book that I really want to read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Connie, for sharing your thoughts! Have a marvelous weekend!

  2. this book sounds like a very good read. Thank you for your review.

  3. Both characters have endured much heartache and tragedy, but I think Adele more so than Troy. Looking forward to seeing how they develop a relationship.