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Review--Like a Ship on the Sea


Title: Like a Ship on the Sea


Series: The Hilton Legacy (Book 1)


Author: Kellyn Roth


Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance


Rating: 4/5 stars


FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.


Well. That did not disappoint.

I’ve been waiting for this book literally all year, ever since I learned it was in the works. When the author sent out a call for reviewers, I immediately snapped up the opportunity. Cassie is such a sweet character in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and I’m so glad she finally has her own book! This story certainly does her justice.


Characters: Readers of The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy will recognize Cassie as Alice’s best friend. She’s sweet and shy in those books, and that holds true here, but we also get to see her stubborn side. She’s absolutely delightful as a protagonist. I loved watching her grow and find out who God made her to be!

As for Patrick… Ah, Patrick. I simultaneously loved him and wanted to smack him. (Which, I think, is how Cassie feels most of the time, too…) He’s a sweetheart with serious flaws, and while I don’t think I’d marry him, I’d love to be his sister. (Seriously, the way he treats his sisters is precious. Made me miss my own brothers.)

It was fun to see other side characters from The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, as well, especially Alice and Peter! The poor dears.


Content: There’s no language or violence.

Romance-wise, nothing goes farther than a few undescribed kisses. But it’s obvious our MCs are attracted to each other. Characters hold a few frank conversations about marital relations (it’s all veiled, though, so if you didn’t know what they were talking about, you probably wouldn’t know what they were talking about).

A character is recovering from a suicide attempt.

Two characters have had miscarriages recently, and one has also experienced a stillbirth.


Writing: Roth’s writing improves with each new installation. This story swept me away from the beginning; if time had allowed, I could have easily read this in one sitting. I was constantly on my toes with wondering how the characters would get their happy ending.

The ending did feel a bit rushed. I would have liked to have more time with Cassie and Patrick actually in the same room. But the story works, so it’s hard to complain too much.


Summary: This is an excellent book, carrying the important message of stepping with faith into fear, trusting God with the outcome of what He’s called us to do. I could easily relate to the characters’ struggles. The story is so sweet, with an unusual romance that captured my heart. Historical romance fans aged 16+ will love this one!


This book releases September 5th. You can pre-order it here.

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