The Dressmaker’s Secret by Kellyn Roth

The Dressmaker's Secret by Kellyn Roth

The Dressmaker’s Secret by Kellyn Roth
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (167 pages)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Orchid

It comes to the attention of curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway that her father is seemingly nonexistent. After realizing that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice becomes determined to find him and pull her family together. But Miss Chattoway’s answers to her daughter’s questions are vague at best and Alice begins to wonder if she will ever discover her mother’s secret.

Alice’s mother is a dressmaker of renown. Miss Chattoway has a secret but the eight year old doesn’t realize this. As she gets older she begins to question why she and her twin have no father. Her twin Ivy, is slow of mind and delicate due to a difficult birth, but Alice loves and protects her.

Visits to a country estate and enrolling at boarding school broaden Alice’s world, although this means she must leave Ivy and her beloved mother at home. Whispers of her mother’s past make Alice curious and she sets out to find the truth. Her reason is to make her mother happy again.

I enjoyed reading this book. Set in the past, it shows the love between a mother and daughter and also how children have a way of getting to the truth. There are highs and lows and moments of tension, which is quite difficult to achieve when writing from a child’s point of view.

The author shows promise, although at times the story head hops from character to character, this doesn’t really detract too much from the reading, but is something to be considered in future books. I would suggest however if the author sets her book in England that she uses English rather than American English words. For instance Alice would not have used the word “fall” she would have said “autumn”.

I was surprised when I got to the end of the book to find the author is actually a young lady who is being home schooled. Ms Roth has done well with this book and I can see a bright future for her if she continues to write.


  1. Thanks for doing this, LASR … and Orchid especially! 🙂

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