Charming. Sometimes I identify books by the first word that comes to mind when I think about them. In this case, the word is charming. This is a sensitively written Fantasy love story with a twist.
We follow the life of Cely, a young girl forced into servitude in a grand palace. While this is never for one second heavy or so deep that it’s dry, it’s a great look at social class and hierarchy due to discrimination. Cely is not judged for the colour of her skin—but for something else.
The description is just stunning, and in times of trouble, Cely is drawn to the gorgeous old Cherry tree and the grave she’s tasked with tending there.
A beautiful book with a tight and engaging story. I have an inkling there’s more to come from our Cely. Coming soon.
One to watch out for.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.