Today, I am happy to be a stop on Ivy Rose’s blog tour for her novel, The Old River Road. The Old River Road Blog Tour will be going on from July 8 to July 15, so you have a whole week to learn more about Ivy Rose’s novel. Check out the other blogs that are participating in this tour. The full list is at the end of this post.
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.
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.
Interview of Ivy Rose
How long and how has your journey been from when you first had the idea?
It’s been eight years since I first read Clara’s memoirs, and nine months since I put the first words to paper.
How long did it take for you to write The Old River Road?
The actual writing took about four months.
Do you have a favorite character? What is it that you like most about him/her?
My favorite character is probably Esther. Even though she has a fairly short role in this book, she is so much like a very dear friend of mine.
Where did you first come up with the idea of The Old River Road and what motivated and inspired you?
The idea came from Clara’s memoirs. After reading them, eight years ago, I remember thinking that it would make a great story and someone should write a book about them. 🙂
The main motivator for this project was my mom. She was always there, telling me I could do it. And she bought me lots of chocolate, too. 🙂
Anything else you would like to say?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog! It’s an absolute honor!
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Friday, July 8th (release day!)
Emily (apurposeandapromise.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight
Jesseca Wheaton (jessaswhimsicalwritings.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview
Anika Joy (anikaavenue.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview
Saturday, July 9th
Olivia K. Fisher (Oliviakfisher.blogspot.com)–Interview, Spotlight
Faith Blum (faithblum.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview, Spotlight
Hannah E. (completelyforhim.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview
Monday, July 11th
Faith Potts (fireflysstoryspace.blogspot.com) – Review
Rebecca Morgan (wordchangersforhisglory.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview
Tuesday, July 12th
Abigayle Ellison (theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight
Kenzi Knapp (honeyrockhills.com) –Review, Interview
Hosanna Emily (havingaheartlikehis.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview
Wednesday, July 13th
Blessing Counter (countingyourblessingsonebyone.blogspot.com)—Interview
Victoria Minks (Victoriaminks.com)—Review, Spotlight
Thursday, July 14th
Deborah C. (readinginjune.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight
Anna S. Brie (annasbrie.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview
Leona G. (greatbooksforGodsgirls.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview
Friday, July 15th
Amanda Tero (withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview
Hope Ann (authorhopeann.com)—Review, Interview