Title: At Her Fingertips (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #3)
Author: Kellyn Roth
Synopsis: Debutante Alice Knight has a plan: have her first social Season in London, meet her husband, and marry him. As the Season begins, Alice’s feelings and common sense both begin to undermine her goals. But she must stick to her plan—and everyone, including God, had best stay out of it.
The plan looks even less appealing when a childhood friend reappears, an American author shows her a different kind of faith, and a charming gentleman is not all he should be.
The life she longs for is finally at her fingertips, but how can she know it’s the right one? (Taken from Goodreads)
First Thoughts: AAAGAGAHAGH
Loves: Two main loves: one, the richness of the characters–for example, there’s Alice, all grown up but still the same Alice we know and love. And two, the adorable, sweet, clean romance that was impossible to not like. EEEEEK. The sweetness of this book is on overload.
Dislikes: I didn’t like Alice’s interactions with Ivy; she didn’t treat her sister the best in this novel, and I wish we could have seen her taking care of Ivy more, or realizing in the end that Ivy deserves just as much as she does. In this regard Alice became a little snottish, and I hope in future novels to see Ivy taken care of. Despite my frustration with Alice, though, it was so cool to see her all grown up and still the same Alice at the same time; she truly is a remarkable character.
Analyzation: The author’s talent keeps improving with each book, and this one is definitely my favorite yet. How she managed to pull off not a love story, not a love triangle, but a love square, is beyond me, but she did and I can’t say I didn’t like it. Each character is rich and alive, different in their own way.
I really liked that we got Gibson’s perspective, even with him being the so-called “bad guy,” and that we really felt for Kirk even though we know him and Alice can’t be together. There were some beautiful themes that weren’t blatant but simply there. The author writes way above her years, and it blew me away how she carefully crafted these concepts without being preachy. Instead of simply telling us that we are designed for love, to wait for the one we really love to marry, and to be very careful with that choice, she shows us this through many options and examples. SPOILER>>There’s Gibson, who Alice thinks she’s in love with and who she thinks loves her, but who is actually very disrespectful to her and will become abusive; Kirk, who loves Alice but whom Alice doesn’t have feelings for (I love this one because it demonstrates that even if someone shows you affection and attention and seems genuine, you don’t have to marry him because you “should”); and then, finally, Peter, who we see a true connection with Alice. Juxtaposed next to Gibson and Kirk, the reader can clearly see what love is and that it is worth waiting for. <<SPOILER
Cleanliness/Negative Content: SPOILER>> Gibson, Alice’s lover, kisses her against her will. <<SPOILER
Nothing I would label as “dirty” or “inappropriate”; everything is handled well.
Overall: I don’t think this book could have been any cuter. Aaaagh. It was the sweetest, most heartwarming romance I’ve read in a long time.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Recommendation: Probably ages 13+…anyone looking for a different, but sweet, romance.