About the Book
Book: Souls Astray
Author: Kellyn Roth
Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction
Release date: April 5, 2022
Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.
Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in charge of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?
When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?
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“She was sick and tired of being a lady. Tonight she could be who she wanted to be–Adele Collier, modern woman”–Adele, Souls Astray
Now having finished this novel, I am left with mixed feelings on it. While the first half of the book is interesting, I found myself having a hard time getting into it and staying engaged. It wasn’t until the second half where I couldn’t stop flipping the pages, needing to know what happens next. And this is because the plot took a turn that I was not expecting.
Adele is a stubborn, headstrong woman. She pretends she knows what she wants in life–to be a modern woman. However, this leads her to drinking, partying, jumping from man to man–overall, just living a frivolous, fleeting life.
Troy is an older, overprotective brother. He just wants what is best for his sister. He is sweet, kind, and caring, but had to grow up too quick when his parents died.
Troy and Adele have a whirlwind of a romance, but bitterness and anger soon crawl their way into it. I loved the way Roth wrote this part of the story. It was different and it kept me captivated. And it left me wanting more, needing to read the next book in the series to see where Roth takes these two characters.
Overall, I would recommend this novel. It deals with loss, heartbreak, love, rejection, bitterness, and so much more.
I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
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
First, I wanted to thank you all for checking out this blog tour! In this fast-paced world, the fact that you took a moment out of your day to read this is actually a pretty big honor. I appreciate you checking out my little book and taking the time to read my introduction.
Souls Astray was the book I wrote when my granddad died. We were very close, and at the time he died, I was a lonely teenager, recently graduated from high school and unsure of my next step. I was heartbroken by his death – it felt like the nail in the coffin of my family, and it felt a little like he was the last person who believed in me.
This wasn’t true, but my, did it feel my dramatic self with lots of thoughts! I poured those into the book, writing it all in about three weeks, and then I spent the next few years revising it.
This book (and the other novels in its series) are of a different tone than my usual books. Even though I delve into difficult topics in all my stories – such as grief and loss, miscarriage, assault, serious mental health issues – this story somehow ended up with a tone I don’t think I could replicate if I tried.
This was the story I wrote out of my own grief and desperation, my own feeling that my world was falling apart. It’s like sharing a piece of my own heart to share it. Though Adele and Troy had very different journeys than mine, which is pretty peachy compared to their lives, I still relate to them.
This was also the first book I didn’t dedicate to a real person – the dedication ended up being inspired by a song, actually, which was comforting to me during this time: God Only Knows by For King & Country. “For the lonely, for the ashamed, the misunderstood, and the ones to blame. What if we could start over?”
Thank you again for your time!
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To celebrate her tour, Kellyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!
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