After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?


The Dressmaker’s Secret is the first book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. However, it can function as a stand-alone.

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Era: 1870s (1870-1873)

Setting: England (London, Kent, and Yorkshire)

Age-Range: 12+ (tween/teen)


Where can I buy The Dressmaker’s Secret?

It’s available on many online sales channels, all of which you can view here.

I’m a reviewer. How can I contact you if I’m interested in reading your novel?

If you’re interested in reviewing The Dressmaker’s Secret on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, you can shoot me an email at I’d love to send you an eBook copy in exchange for review.

What age-level is The Dressmaker’s Secret written for?

I generally say 12+. Some of my biggest fans are tweens, though it can also be enjoyed by young adult audiences.

Is The Dressmaker’s Secret a clean book?

Yes, it is! I believe it to be perfectly okay for any reader 12+. However, there are a couple things younger readers might want to worry about.

There is some ‘appearance of evil’ (in that some people believe that Alice may be illegitimate). However, (highlight to read spoilers) that isn’t true. Alice’s parents were married when she was conceived, although they were separated afterwards.

There are some heavier themes, yes, but nothing at twelve-year-old shouldn’t be able to understand. However, it is up to your discretion.


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