Are you as ready for the Kees & Colliers blog tour wrapup as I am? I mean … a part of me wants it to go on and on, but it can’t. So. WRAPUP!
Sidenote: it’s my birthday! So other than today we’re going to have prescheduled posts this week. (BIRTHDAAAYYY TRIPPP!!! Also, do y’all want me to review Mt. Hood/that area like I did with Cali?)
I’ll probably talk about being eighteen and all the fun that is adulthood and all the greatness that was my childhood (I mean I’m still a kid but shh) in later posts. For now, let’s talk books!
The Kees & Colliers Series
The Lady of the Vineyard (Book 1)
Is it too late for Adele to return to her daughter’s life?
When her ex-husband reappears in her life determined to spend more time with their child, Adele Collier allows him to take Judy to France for the summer. As the summer goes by, an internal battle rages in Adele’s heart. Can she give up her glamorous lifestyle to win her daughter’s heart?
Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade Adele’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever, but someday she must return to England. Can Judy trust her mother again?
Flowers in Her Heart (Book 2)
Can Adele change her entire lifestyle to be a mother to her babies?
When her husband goes off to war, Adele feels lost and confused. In a new, less-than-ideal place in a frightening, less-than-ideal time, she flees to the garden with her daughters, determined to make their new house a home, even if it is from the outside in.
Battered by her own inner turmoil and scoffed at by those close to her, Adele seeks to make something beautiful amidst chaos. But can even the most beautiful flowers cover the years of scars?
From Now ‘Til Forever (Book 3)
The war is over, but it’s not as easy coming home as he anticipated.
Troy Kee doesn’t know how he’ll settle back into life with his family after WWII, but he’s determined to do so. He feels that if he can just get his family back to their vineyard in France, everything will be all right. But his wife has other plans.
This charming novelette finale to the Kees & Colliers series highlights the difficulties of returning home after a war.
[Update from 2023 by Kell for confused modern audiences: this became combined with Flowers in Her Heart!]
Souls Astray (Prequel Novel)
Adele has been lost for a long time now …
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 care 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?
The Kees & Colliers Blog Tour Wrapup
Aww, this interview is good for me heart! It’s very sweet. And Ang’s little “history lesson” is super sweet, too. LOVE THIS GIRL!
Also, I forgive you everything but only because of the GIF.
This review is one of my favorites! As always, Andrea gives me a concise, professional review while also managing to make me grin. Favorite quote:
That parent’s love he displayed and the lessons he taught his daughter were worth reading this book. These characters were messy with raw hearts and feelings, yet they learned so much about life and love and hope. Somehow they wriggled their way into my happy place and left me wanting more of their story.
Awww, she called it emotional! Favorite quote:
Tension, war worries, and family issues enhanced this and, at times, made me want to weep. The further into the plot I got, the quicker I wanted to read—not to be done faster, but rather to see how things would turn out for the dear characters who had secured places in my reader heart.
THIS REVIEW IS LITERALLY THE BEST! I love how organized and neat it is while also giving me those fun little comments and whatnot that we all love.
WOW! Okay, this is one of those posts I’m gonna look back on when I need inspiration. There are so many things I love, but here’s one of the quotes that made me squeal aloud in glee:
If ever I had a prompting to write fan fiction, it was nil and in the past compared to this.
And the rest of the review … just read it. So much smile.
Another lovely review from Andrea! Andrea is a big person in my life, hehe, so I get so excited about these (though of course she can’t love them all).
Things were wrapped up so beautifully that this could easily be the last in the series, but of course there is plenty of room for Miss Roth to give us additional adventures of the Kees and Colliers if she so chooses.
*coughs* More books? Ahem? I don’t know … we shall see … *already has an outline for a book 4*
Alabama was one of my students once upon a time, and gosh, I miss her! It was super fun to do an interview with her.
(me at every one of our lessons because she was one of my first students)
Dawww, this is a sweet review, too! (Also, I’m always surprised on people’s interpretations of Adele/Troy’s relationship. I see such a mixed bag!)
Troy, of course, was as wonderful as he was in Souls Astray. Sweet, caring, and funny, his determination to love Adele no matter what was delightful, while also painting a great example of how to love even when it’s difficult.
This is a review of the entire series, which was SO sweet! I love how much time Abigail put into this … thank you, thank you, thank you!
Reading about Adele as she gets a footing as a better mother is wonderful. We see her struggle to grow and let go of the pain of her past and mistakes. And her and her mother having the feelings they do toward each other makes life so much harder, but the ending is beyond perfect!
Exactly the effect I was looking for!
Aww, this one was so sweet!
I absolutely love the Kees & Colliers, even though Adele makes me want to scream sometimes. I had a busy week when I read it, and when I got a chance to read, I had to practically force myself to put it down so I could, you know, eat and do other important things.
Thank you, Maya, for writing such a sweet review!
The story is a sweet picture of a reunited family, but Kellyn’s not afraid to show how Troy was affected by the war and how his marriage isn’t perfect. Because she doesn’t shy away from the gritty, raw, real parts of life, the happiness that the Kees find is much more satisfying. Everyone likes a happy ending, but happy endings are no good if there’s not some sadness before. From Now ‘Til Forever shows the darkness but finishes off with a lovely dose of light that I really appreciated.
Thanks for the spotlight, Leila! You included EVERYTHING which was just so helpful!
And thank you, too, Faith, for agreeing to spotlight me! I know how busy you are, so I’m very grateful to you for helping out!
Thanks for sharing, Esther! Your reviews were so sweet – I wasn’t expecting them so I was like, “WHAT!? Awww, thank you!”
Lady is good, but this one somehow touched a bit more of a chord with me and I really loved the story. It’s simple, and sad, and sweet…just the elements I like, with a character or two that really need a good shaking up and heart change. Somewhat of a short book, but I did enjoy it.
I currently also prefers Flowers, so I get that! Thank you for your kind words!
(Gus is so creepy sometimes …)
Dawwwww! Thank you for reviewing Forever! Your review was so sweet!
Judy is still the best, Cammy is adorable, Adele continues to grow and be amazing, and Troy, as always, is my fave.
Another sweet review, this time of Flowers. Thank you so much, Isabel!
One aspect of Flowers in Her Heart that I particularly enjoyed was seeing every single one of the characters thrust out of their comfort zone, and seeing how they each dealt with their situations in ways true to their personality.
And that’s it! Thanks, y’all, for hanging out with me for this rough, minimalistic launch!
AREN’T THE POSTS THE BEST THINGS EVER??? OMW READING THESE WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED TODAY!!! I’m heading up to Mt. Hood for a birthday bash – should I write a review of the trip/location/etc.? (joking like for Cali, y’know) *gots to remind myself to take lots of pictures*