The Lady of the Vineyard by Kellyn Roth
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Short (81 Pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Stargazer
A choice between familiar pain and new love …
Judy has lived with her egocentric mother since her parents divorced when she was a baby. When her father, Troy Kee, shows up at her sixth birthday party and whisks her away to his vineyard in France, Judy is more than happy to go with him. But Adele, Judy’s mother, isn’t quite ready to give up her daughter. Can Judy forgive Adele? More importantly, can Troy?
A sweet novella set in Europe, the year of 1938, this sweet story is sure to delight loves of light-hearted historical/literary fiction.
Why can’t life just…. Be?
This is one of the glaring questions in Kellyn Roth’s story, The Lady of the Vineyard. Adele, the mother of six year old Judy, just wants things to be the same. Troy, Judy’s father, has been out of the picture for the past six years and suddenly reappears-taking Judy along with him back to the vineyard where Adele and his relationship disintegrated.
This is a fun story where the conflict and issues of marriage bleed into the fear of commitment and then come steamrolling out to cause turmoil in an otherwise smooth relationship. Judy initially chooses to return to the vineyard with her father and Adele attempts to adjust to life without her daughter. Both Troy and Adele begin to see life from different angles.
Kellyn Roth does a great job at the historical landscape; while there could be more emphasis on the social and political events occurring at the time, there is still much description of the lives that are lived. The emotional angst the Adele struggles with comes to the surface throughout the story which leads to an understanding of her struggles with Judy’s father.
This is a great story about love, emotional turmoil and the desire to set things right again against a backdrop of political unrest. The world of Judy is overturned while her parents struggle to deal with their confusing relationship and the great changes that are occurring. There are some editing mistakes from time to time, but it does not detract from the overall flow of the story.
If you have read the Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy) by the same author, you will notice some subtle similarities. I would highly recommend comparing the two books to understand the depth and writing complexity that Kellyn drives home.
I am sure that you will enjoy The Lady of the Vineyard, it is a smooth take on an otherwise complex relationship in a difficult time based in an unstable country! All of this is a setting for an adventure that is built for everyone to understand!