Blog Tour: The Old River Road

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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*


Isn’t this a lovely cover?? 🙂


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.**

Available now in paperback and e-book on Amazon

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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!

1) What/who inspired you to write The Old River Road?
     What first inspired me was stumbling across Clara’s memoirs at the age of ten. I remember thinking, “Wow, this would make a super cool book! Too bad someone doesn’t write one.” Talk about knock-on-wood. 🙂
2) What is the age range for this book?
    Very few of my books are for a specific age range, and, instead are family friendly. I think anyone 8 and up would enjoy this book.
3) Where can we find your book?
    It is for sale on Amazon, as a paperback and e-book.
4) What are your standards for books you read?
    Any book I read must, first of all, honor God. If He were reading over my shoulder, I wouldn’t feel guilty. I can go into more detail, but that pretty much covers everything. 🙂
5) Are you planning on writing another book in this series soon?
    There will be an announcement regarding that on my blog at the end of this blog tour. 😉 But in short, yes.
And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the giveaway!!
Ivy Rose is holding a giveaway in honor of her book release.  Please click one of the links below for a chance to enter!

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

Written by Leona G, 11 yrs.

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