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How the Hilton Legacy Fits into The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy ~ Like a Ship on the Sea Launch Tour

by Kellyn Roth |
September 11, 2023

Hey folks! Today I’m getting into TIMELINE very briefly for those of you who have read and enjoyed The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy.

Before that, here’s the normal launch tour stuff . . .

About Like a Ship on the Sea

If God asks you to confront a storm, how dare you stay in the harbor?

Lady Mary Cassidy O’Connell has a dream that can be summed up in three connecting ideas: a loving husband, adorable children, and a home of her own. Her mother’s lack of care makes life difficult for Cassie, and an escape is necessary. The plan? Marry Aubrey Montgomery, the man her parents have chosen for her, and find the peace she craves.

Unfortunately, Cassie is uneasy about marrying Aubrey. Her apprehension grows as she witnesses her dearest friend’s loving marriage take place. At this wedding, she catches the eye of Patrick Hilton, son of a wealthy American. Like Cassie, he’s also set to marry a woman chosen by his parents—only, Patrick claims, he is content with this choice.

Torn between her desire for happiness and the knowledge that God is leading her in a different direction, Cassie confronts the impossible decision. Is a loveless marriage of obligation better than being alone, or will she set sail on a voyage without a safe harbor?

Like a Ship on the Sea is the first novel in The Hilton Legacy, a stand-alone trilogy featuring characters from the author’s first series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy.


About The Hilton Legacy

The Hilton Legacy will be a trilogy (with perhaps one standalone spin-off, depending on how I decide to do this!) set in 1880s and 1890s America and Europe.

The first novel, Like a Ship on the Sea, which is the one we’re celebrating today, features Patrick Hilton and his eventual love interest, Cassie. Of course, we know all about this novel!

The second novel, Like the Air After Rain, will feature Lorelei Hilton and her love interest and will primarily take place in England. There’s going to be a marriage of convenience angle that will be a lot of fun, methinks!

The second novel, Like Lightning in a Bottle, will feature Gwendolyn Hilton and her love interest and will primarily take place in England and America. This one is a little bit of a wild card, but we’re gonna have fun with it.

The Schedule

Monday, September 4th

“Why You Should Read Like a Ship on the Sea” by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by Abby Johansen

Review by Coralie Terry

Author Interview by Naomi Sowell

Tuesday, September 5th (LAUNCH DAY!)

“All the Launch Day Celebrations” by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by Faith Blum

Book Spotlight by E. G. Bella

Wednesday, September 6th

“About the Gilded Era” by Kellyn Roth

Interview by Anna Galicinski

Review by H.S. Kylian

Thursday, September 7th

“Tackling Tough Topics with Tact” by Kellyn Roth

Friday, September 8th

“A Guest Post by Alice Strauss” by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by M.C. Kennedy

Book Spotlight by Bizwings Book Blog

Saturday, September 9th

“Introducing the Hiltons of Boston” by Kellyn Roth

Monday, September 11th

“How The Hilton Legacy Fits in with The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy” by Kellyn Roth

Author Interview by Amy Ullrich

Review by Pens, Pages, and Pulses

Author Interview by Jane Mouttet

Book Spotlight by Rhys-Marie Whitnell

Tuesday, September 12th

“All About Book Two, Like the Air After Rain by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by Grace A. Johnson

Review by Naomi Sowell

Interview & Review by Saraina Whitney


The Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! There will be a USA and International Winner, so even if you don’t live in my country, ENTER ANYWAY, because I made a prize just for you!

US-Only Giveaway: a signed paperback copy of Like a Ship on the Sea, a themed candle, two bookmarks, three character art prints, a themed charm bracelet, and extra special bonus scenes.

International Giveaway: an ebook copy of Like a Ship on the Sea, extra special bonus scenes, a themed phone wallpaper, and the first chapter of book 2.


Or paste this link into your browser: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cbb544c921/ 

The Bookish Tag

With the help of Grace A. Johnson (who is way too kind to me), I am hosting a bookish tag! This can be done on any social media profile (or even your blog) and is a fun way to join together to celebrate the launch! Starting today!

I’m doing the prompt on my Instagram and Facebook profiles, and I may try to repost some of these to Twitter, too!

The Prompts

Sept. 4 //  a book set in your dream destination

Sept. 6 // your favorite swoon-worthy romance

Sept. 8 // a book with themes that inspire you

Sept. 11 // a most remarkable heroine

Sept. 13 //  a beloved mentor character

Sept. 15 // a hero with an inspiring arc

Sept. 18 // your favorite fictional sibling dynamic

Sept. 20 // a ship that took you by surprise

Sept. 22 // a theme that touched your heart

Sept. 25 // a series spinoff you loved

Sept. 27 // a topic you love to read about

Sept. 29 // your favorite historical time period


  • There are prompts for every other weekday in September, but you’re welcome to share whenever you can and catch up at any time.
  • Feel free to use any social media, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and Youtube.
  • Share about books that fit into the categories, and have fun!  
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtag #likeashipontheseatag and tag Kellyn (@kellynrothauthor on Instagram & Facebook or @kellyntheauthor on Twitter) to be shared!

How The Hilton Legacy trilogy fits in with The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy

This will be a short post discussing the overlap of timelines between The Hilton Legacy and The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy.

Because, despite the fact that the Hilton Legacy is a standalone as a trilogy, and despite the fact that each of the three novels will operate as a standalone, there are some overlapping characters. And if you end up reading both series, you may find this interesting.

Like a Ship on the Sea Timeline

The beginning of Like a Ship on the Sea coincides with the beginning of A Prayer Unanswered, then time-skips to AFTER A Prayer Unanswered (book 5), ending before book 6 (After Our Castle).


June 1881-December 1882: A Prayer Unanswered
June 1881-September 1883 (epilogue November 1883): Like a Ship on the Sea
January 1884-mid-1886: After Our Castle

But what about books 2 and 3 in The Hilton Legacy?

Though plans may change, I currently intend to start Like the Air After Rain (THL book 2) in mid-1884 (still working out some timeline kinks) and end it around late summer 1885, meaning it overlaps with the timeline of book 6 of TCOAAI, After Our Castle. That said, there will be very little that overlaps there, unlike book 1 of THL and book 5 of TCOAAI, because Ivy and Lorelei will never meet.

(I mean, actually, that’s not true. They meet at a funeral. But that’s beside the point. *shrug*) (Also, yes, if you want to message me privately and bother me about WHOSE funeral … I shall oblige.)

At present, the plan is for book 2 of THL, Like Lightning in a Bottle, to begin in August 1885, which means it may or may not overlap with book 7, Time of Grief, depending on how far it goes. Again, I’m not sure there will be much overlap because Winnie and Alice are … well, actually Alice does have a somewhat vested interest in … Anyways, WE’LL SEE.

So that’s how the timelines work. It’s going to get even more interested when I add in a second spin-off trilogy, but UNTIL THEN … well. This is manageable.




Well … are you excited about this trilogy or is it just a stopping place on the way back to more Alice/Peter drama (which apparently some of you care about now) (you seem to think there can’t possibly be more Jordy/Ivy drama) (or maybe you’re just scared to find out what that drama is?). I admit I really want to write this trilogy, but I am pretty excited to get back to book 7!

Are you interested in getting to know me & my books better?

I want to invite you to my super secret club. I mean, it’s not really a secret, because I’m telling you about it now, but here goes.

Join Mrs. Roth’s Society Column, my street team! We’d love to have you along for the ride!

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