Once a Queen: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Once a Queen: A Novel (Hardcover)


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An American teenager discovers that her estranged English grandmother was once a queen in another world in the debut novel from bestselling author and speaker Sarah Arthur.

When fourteen-year-old Eva Joyce unexpectedly finds herself spending the summer at the mysterious manor house of the English grandmother she’s never met, troubling questions arise. Why the estrangement? What’s with the house's employees and their guarded secrets? Why must Eva never mention trains, her father, or her favorite childhood fairy tales? 

After strange things start happening in the gardens at night, Eva turns to the elderly housekeeper, gardener, and the gardener’s great-grandson, Frankie, for answers. Astonishingly, they all seem to believe the fairy tales are true—that portals to other worlds still exist, though hidden and steadily disappearing. They suspect that Eva’s grandmother was once a queen in one of those worlds. 

But Eva's grandmother denies it all. After a horrific family tragedy when she was young, her heart is closed to the beauty and pain of her past. It’s up to Eva, with Frankie's help, to discover what really happened, whether family relationships can be restored, and if the portals are closed forever. As she unravels generational secrets, Eva wrestles with the grief of a vanishing childhood—and the fear that growing up means giving up fairy tales forever.
Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of a dozen books for teens and adults, including the bestselling Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings. After 25-plus years working with youth she plays a wicked game of Four Square—but don't ever ask her to eat pizza from a box, ever. Among other nerdy adventures, she serves as preliminary fiction judge for the CT Book Awards, was a founding board member of the annual C. S. Lewis Festival in Northern Michigan, and codirects the Madeleine L'Engle Writing Retreats. Her preteen sons have Very Important Things to Say About Books, but apparently this one passed muster.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593194454
ISBN-10: 0593194454
Publisher: WaterBrook
Publication Date: March 14th, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English