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Thursday, October 27, 2022

My Thoughts - After Our Castle Author: Kellyn Roth


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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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

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!

My Thoughts

After Our Castle is written by Kellyn Roth. This is part of the Alice & Ivy series. If you have not read any of the series, you are missing out. The author always has a way of bringing the past to life with her words. I have read most of the books in the series and I have enjoyed them all so much. I have enjoyed getting to know all of the characters. 

In this book, the author does touch on premarital sex and mental illness. She does it with the great and powerful reminder that God can restore and he will forgive. I wanted to mention this just in case anyone may be sensitive to this topic. 

Ivy is recently married. She thinks that the next logical thing after getting married is to have a child. Jordy, her husband, loves his wife and also his work. This causes him to work late. However, we find out that there are some secrets and things he is holding back that he needs to share with his wife. If they both would communicate with each other, there may not be as much tension. 

Violet is back - and she is starting to lose it, literally. This causes others around her to notice. Violet seems to be jealous of the marriage that Ivy and Jordy have. I appreciate the author presenting us with a character like this, because we may know someone who struggles with similar issues. 

The book is well written, the characters are well developed. The author has done a great job with this story. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 23

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deb’s Book Review, October 25

Cover Lover Book Review, October 25

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, October 26

Connie’s History Classroom, October 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 28

Holly’s Book Corner, October 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 29

Splashes of Joy, October 30

Pause for Tales, October 31

Spoken from the Heart, October 31


To celebrate her tour, Kellyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a 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. After Our Castle sounds like a captivating read and I am looking forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Connie, for sharing your thoughts!

    Have a spectacular day!

  2. I really like historical fiction and this sounds like a great read! Thank you for your thoughts.

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on After Our Castle, this sounds like a wonderful book and series and I am looking forward to reading the stories myself

  4. I applaud the author for keeping her stories realistic while maintaining the faith aspect.