The Old River Road Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Hello, readers!
Today, I'm super-excited to be participating in The Old River Road Blog Tour for Ivy Rose's debut novel! Today is also the release date which makes it even more special. :)  The Old River Road Blog Tour will be going on today (July 8) to July 15, so you have a whole week to learn more about Ivy Rose's amazing novel. =) Make sure to take a look at the other amazing blogs that are participating in this tour. The full list is at the end of this post. ;)
This post will include a spotlight overview, and my review of the novel, plus Ivy's giveaway.
And now, on with the tour!

Meet Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road. This book is the first in a series of a yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author’s ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you won’t want to miss.


When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.
This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

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My Review of The Old River Road 

I am so glad that I was able to read  and review this book, and not just because the cover is beautiful! =)
As other reviewers have mentioned, I thought that Ivy Rose's writing style is indeed similar to Janette Oke's, and the overall story was similar to some of her books, as well as having some "Little House on the Prairie" flavor to it. For a first-time author, she is truly gifted! It is evident that a lot of research went into this book to make it a historically accurate novel that is heartwarming yet heart-wrenching at the same time!  
Another enjoyable thing about this book was the sweet, clean romance and portrayal of courtship between Clara and William. It's so rare to find a clean Christian romance, but this is definitely one that you can enjoy reading and is honoring to God!
I also liked how the story was told including things about other family members that you eventually got to know as well as the main characters, and over the course of several years. It did seem like the end was slightly more rushed than the beginning, but that's definitely not anything bad, just a note. 
Overall, I really enjoyed this lovely historical fiction book, which is especially neat since it is based off of the lives of the author's great-great-grandparents. I am looking forward to reading more works from this wonderful authoress in the future!

* I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

About the Author

Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, travelling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

You can connect with Ivy via her blog, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

The Giveaway!


The Old River Road Prize Pack International Prize

~Blog Tour Schedule~

Friday, July 8th (release day!)

Emily  — Review, Spotlight

Jesseca Wheaton — Review, Interview

Saturday, July 9th

Olivia K. Fisher  — Interview, Spotlight

Faith Blum  — Review, Interview, Spotlight

Hannah E.  — Review, Interview

Monday, July 11th

Faith Potts  – Review

Rebecca Morgan  — Review, Interview

Tuesday, July 12th

Abigayle Ellison  — Review, Spotlight

Kenzi Knapp  – Review, Interview

Hosanna Emily  — Review, Interview

Wednesday, July 13th

Blessing Counter  — Interview

Victoria Minks  — Review, Spotlight

Thursday, July 14th

Deborah C.  — Review, Spotlight

Anna S. Brie  — Review

Leona G. — Review, Interview

Friday, July 15th

Hope Ann — Review, Interview

Amanda Tero — Review, Interview

Anika Joy – Review, Interview


  1. This is so great! :)

    Allie D.

    1. Thank you, Allie! I'm so excited for Ivy Rose and her book. =)

  2. That book looks like it would be really good! And I agree, the cover is BEAUTIFUL!

    1. Also, I just have to say that Ivy Rose is such a beautiful name, I love it!

    2. Thank you so much, Savannah! :)

    3. It is a really good book! If you like Janette Oke or Laura Ingalls Wilder, then you'll love it. :)
      And yes, Ivy Rose is a beautiful name, isn't it? <3

      Thank you for your comment, Savannah! =)

  3. Thank you for being a part of my tour, Emily! :)

    1. You're welcome! Thank YOU for letting us be a part of your blog tour and read your amazing book! <3

  4. This is awesome! It looks like a neat book.

    1. Thank you, Bonnie! It is a neat book, and I hope you get the chance to read it sometime. :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting! =)

  5. This looks like an awesome book, and I would love to read it. :)


    1. It is a really good book! I hope you can rad it sometime, I'm sure you'd enjoy it. ;)

      Thanks for commenting, Ashley! =)

  6. This book looks really cool! I'd love to read it. :)

    ~Grace <3

    1. It is! I'm sure you'll like it if you get a chance to read it. ;)


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