Leah spends her days scrubbing floors, polishing silver, and meekly curtsying to nobility. Nothing distinguishes her from the other commoners serving at the palace, except her red hair.
And her secret friendship with Rafe, the Crown Prince of Imperia.
But Leah’s safe, ordinary world begins to splinter. Rafe’s parents announce his betrothal to a foreign princess, and she unearths a plot to overthrow the royal family. When she reports it without proof, her life shatters completely when the queen banishes her for treason.
Harbored by an unusual group of nuns, Leah must secure Rafe’s safety before it’s too late. But her quest reveals a villain far more sinister than an ambitious nobleman with his eye on the throne.
Can a common maidservant summon the courage to fight for her dearest friend?
“It’s the kind of book that pulls you in and refuses to let you go. It’s the sort of book where you lose all track of time and think, “I can’t have been reading for very long… I’ll just read one more chapter.” Only to look up and discover that your afternoon has disappeared. I love that kind of book, the kind that is so immersive that you don’t even notice you’ve spent several blissful hours reading.”
“Royalty, romance, and a murder plot…what more could you want in a story? And Laurie Lucking has done a fantastic job of weaving them all into a beautiful and charming debut novel.”
“This story was a wonderful coming-of-age romantic fantasy following the journey of an immensely likable MC, the honorable, hard-working, courageous Leah. I have to add her to my all-time favorite list of heroines!”
Author Note: Common won the Christian Editor Connection’s Excellence in Editing Award and is a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards. It was inspired by a combination of Cinderella, Jane Austen’s Emma, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted. One of the primary themes is that no matter how ordinary a person may seem, no one is “common” – we are all unique and capable of extraordinary things!