Title: The Knights of Pearlbelle Park
Series: The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy (#2.2 in the series)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christmas
Rating: 5/5 stars
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
Overview: What a sweet little story! There’s something about short stories and Christmas that just go together. I greatly enjoyed this return to the earlier, happier years in the lives of the Knights, and it was a lot of fun to get to know some side characters better.
Characters: Ah, Claire… She’s grown so much over the series, but she’s still got a ways to go. She’s a complex character who sometimes aggravates me but always stirs my pity. One of these days she’s going to let go and let God do His work! Ned is precious. I loved getting to see things from his perspective! Roth always does a fantastic job with child narrators, and Ned is a worthy addition to that list. Lois and Charlie are definitely my favorites. I could never quite connect with Lois in the main series, but seeing things from her perspective has made her one of my favorites. She and Charlie have a unique, fun relationship. I would love a whole book about them!
Content: The book is quite clean, with no language or violence (unless you count Charlie’s disdain for his wife’s dog, which he refers to as a demon). A married couple kisses, and the wife reflects on the beauty of intimacy between a married couple. It’s written in super veiled language, so if you don’t know what’s going on, you wouldn’t know what’s going on.
Writing: As always, Roth’s writing shines. The book flows effortlessly from scene to scene, weaving three complete stories into a harmonious whole. And as aforesaid, Ned’s POV is written so well!
Summary: This is a sweet Christmas story perfect for the holidays. It’s short enough to squeeze into a busy evening, and it will leave you with that cozy feeling we’re all looking for from a Christmas story. Anyone 14+ will love it!