I’m so excited to be here for my first blog tour! Ivy Rose is releasing her first book, and I am very happy to review it.
Meet Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road. This book is the first in a series of a yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author’s ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you won’t want to miss.
*This review contains spoilers*
The Old River Road was written by Ivy Rose. This book contains 400 pages.
Clara Boutwell meets William McDonald when he accidentally knocks her into a mud puddle outside their work. He apologizes, and walks her home. Soon, William is invited over to her house for dinner, and begins walking her home from work every day. Clara gets to know him well, and discovers that he is a strong Christian, as she is. Eventually William asks her if she will enter a courtship with him. She agrees, and they get married 7 weeks after he proposes, on Valentines’ Day.
A few months after their marriage, Clara wakes up to hear William coughing uncontrollably. She does what she can to make it stop, but is dreadfully worried for him. After the coughing stops, he tells her that he has asthma. It isn’t very bad, and Clara soon learns how to help him when he has these fits of coughing.
Their first child is born soon after that, and little Archibald is welcomed warmly into the family. The next child is born two years after Archie, and is named Newton. All is well… or so they think. William is getting weaker every day because of his asthma, and when he goes to a lung specialist, the man says that he will die in two months. The doctor says that William’s only hope is to go out west, out of the big city of Chicago. Clara’s sister, Katie, had recently moved to Washington with her family, so William decides to go there. The only problem is: Clara and the children cannot go with him! They will have to follow later.
With great agony, Clara and her husband part. After a few months, William wires for Clara and the children to come. They have a wonderful reunion, and soon buy their own house. There, Clara gives birth to another little boy, who passes away only a few hours after birth. A few years after that, she has another child: a little girl! Clara and William name the little darling Vera.
The family moves to the Spokane river eventually, because the soil where they were living before wasn’t very good. The cabin that they move into is right on the river, and Clara is very happy with it. They live happily ever after there, at least in this book!
This was a very entertaining read and I highly recommend it! I would like to give it five stars!
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
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About the Author
Ivy Rose is an 18-year-old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, traveling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.
And next up: the Interview!!
Thanks for joining us, Ivy Rose!
The Old River Road Prize Pack (This is for people who live in the U.S. or Canada)
International Prize (If you live elsewhere, this one is for you!)
Here is the blog tour schedule:
Friday, July 8th (release day!)
Emily — Review, Spotlight
Jesseca Wheaton — Review, Interview
Saturday, July 9th
Olivia K. Fisher — Interview, Spotlight
Faith Blum — Review, Interview, Spotlight
Hannah E. — Review, Interview
Monday, July 11th
Faith Potts – Review
Rebecca Morgan — Review, Interview
Tuesday, July 12th
Abigayle Ellison — Review, Spotlight
Kenzi Knapp – Review, Interview
Hosanna Emily — Review, Interview
Wednesday, July 13th
Blessing Counter — Interview
Victoria Minks — Review, Spotlight
Thursday, July 14th
Deborah C. — Review, Spotlight
Anna S. Brie — Review
Leona G. — Review, Interview
Friday, July 15th
Hope Ann — Review, Interview
Amanda Tero — Review, Interview
Anika Joy – Review, Interview