When eight-year-old Abbie Brown discovers a quiet pool of water while wandering through the woods behind her Oregon home, she wades out into it and discovers she’s not alone. A wild-haired boy in green stares at her from the other side of the water. Mesmerized, Abbie reaches down to him and is yanked underwater.
She emerges on the other side as an unwelcome visitor to the Otherworld, the land of the Fae, with only the boy Foster to guide her. Back in Oregon, a changeling lookalike has taken her place, bonding with her mother while her father, hiding a secret of his own, views the “girl” with suspicion.
In the courts of the Fae a truce has long been in place between Winter and Summer. What havoc might a human child wreak in the careful machinations of beings older than time? And to what lengths will Abbie’s father go to get her back?
Such a lovely book. If you are a fan of C S Lewis or Tolkein, then you will adore this tale of Elves and Fairies, changelings, wolves and other mythical folk. It’s whimsical and mystical and full of just enough excitement for eight year olds upwards without being too scary.
Abbie is a sweet child. At eight years old, she loves the outdoors, taking her shoes off and wandering into the forest with her Jack Russell Sammy. I have a 16 year old Jack Russell so Sammy is now officially my favourite dog in a novel – ever.
On one such occasion she is looking into the water when she is surprised by an Elven Boy and pulled into an another world – the Otherworld. It is here that she discovers that the boy is called Foster with whom she must travel to find her way back. Along the way she encounters another human called Charles, his companion Nadiene who is really a wolf and a Winter Elf called Gwyn. It’s a dangerous journey and not to be undertaken lightly but Abbie has no option if she wants to get home to dad Dan and mum Fiona.
Sometimes the story is told from Dan’s point of view. There is a lot we don’t know about him. In fact Abbie knows nothing at all about who or what he really is. And while Abbie is trying to get home, Dan is organising her return by invading the Otherworld. This is dangerous for him as we the reader, and eventually Abbie will discover. In fact Abbie is not what she seems either.
I love Fae Child and can’t wait to read it to my granddaughters. They are a bit young yet at six and four but it won’t be long. In fact the eldest will be able to read it to her sister in a while.
Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours.
About the Author
Jane-Holly, an Oregon based writer, has been scribbling stories into notebooks and online for most of her life. She squeezes in time for her four kids, date nights at the movies with her husband, and explaining her first name to everyone she meets. She believes that, if creativity is directly correlated to how messy your house is, she might just be one of the most creative people on the planet.
Pub date: December 15, 2020
Format: Fae Child will be in print and ebook:
You can preorder both through the publisher’s website: