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‘The Faerie Tree’ by Jane Cable


The icy air is a slap in the face after the fug of the probate office. And a slap in the face is what I damn well need, but it doesn’t help and I am left feeling disorientated.

I have to pull myself together. For Claire’s sake, as much as anything. A father is irreplaceable, after all – a husband is, well …

She touches my arm. “Come on, Mum – let’s go for a coffee now that’s over.”

This sounds like quite an emotional opening, so it seems a little intrusive to need to know more … but I do! … Especially as I am familiar with the physical places the book is set in, which always adds to the interest for me, and the mention of a faerie tree is definitely rather tantalising!

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  • Great opening 🙂 It’s different and makes you want to know what on earth is going on! I hope you enjoy the read.
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

    • Hi Amy,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your commenst always appreciated.

      For me, this is quite an emotionally moving opening, unless I am reading the signs all wrong, as I always associate the probate office as the place to be visited when someone dies.

      I am assuming that Izzy is the dead man’s wife and Claire his daughter, so I am intrigued about the circumstances surrounding this man’s death and how his family is going to cope without him!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a great weekend 🙂

      • No problem 🙂 Thank you for the warm welcome! I’m of much the same mind 🙂 Thank you for the return visit and the Goodreads add too.

        I’ll tell you what about that opening… the bit about “a husband is, well…”, makes you wonder if she was thinking ‘replaceable given time’? I know that sounds very bad, but technically it’s true. I’m on about technicalities not feelings here, I know feelings make it a hell of a lot more complicated. I just figured it was another possible twist in the opening but I may be reading too much into it lol.

        Happy reading,
        Amy x

        • Mmm!

          I hadn’t thought about it like that – It’ll be interesting to see how this story progresses, when it finally gets to the top of my reading shelf!

          Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Lisa,

      I must admit that I had never come across Faerie Trees until Jane wrote and introduced this book to me. At first I was a little unsure whether this story was one for me or not, as to my mind the premise was almost verging on fantasy. After reading the in depth pages about the book over at Jane’s website, I came to the conclusion that ‘The Faerie Tree’ was going to be more folklore than fantasy and I became very intrigued by the story .. Take a look and see what you think –

      Follow the index links to ‘The Faerie Tree’

      I can see some of the similarities between this book and the Lori Herter book you mention, although I have to say that ‘The Thin Place’ seems so disparate from just about all of Lori’s other books, it was a real surprise. I’ll see how I get on with reading ‘The Faerie Tree’ before I commit to adding that one to my list!

      Thanks for the recommendation and for stopping by with such an interesting comment. Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Well I’m certainly familiar with “fairy rings” UNDER a tree, but now I’m curious about an actual “faerie tree”. (and I always like to see that spelling of the word) That aside, the opening lines are interesting and I DO want to know more. I assume Izzie’s husband (Claire’s father) has died?

    I’m still reading The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. Rather than the first chapter, I’ll give you the opening lines from the prologue.

    “In the darkness of the forest the young knight could hear the splashing of the fountain long before he could see the glimmer of moonlight reflected on the still surface. He was about to step forward, longing to dip his head, drink in the coolness, when he caught his breath at the sight of something dark, moving deep in the water.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      Apparently, not only do we know the area of Jane’s faerie tree tree very well, but we also live very close to another faerie tree of some repute in Avebury, amidst the famous stone circle … and I wasn’t aware about either until I read the excellent information boxes on Jane’s website. Apparently, with a true faerie tree, the lower branches are also decorated with gifts for the faeries.

      I must admit that I am more familiar with the fairy spelling and assume that faerie is simply a more archaic spelling of the same word. Opinion appears to differ over this seemingly simple act though, with many thinking that somehow a faerie is a more mischievous and slightly more sinister being, than their fairy counterparts of childhood stories. I shall just have to see for myself, when I start reading the book.

      I never really know whether to include my first lines from the prologue, or to skip straight to chapter one! The jury is out on that one as well, so I guess it doesn’t really matter too much! I wonder whether – ‘Something dark moving in the water’ – is an animal, an object, or a person hoping to hide from the knight?
      Hope that you are enjoying the book and have a lovely weekend 🙂

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