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Common (Tales of the Mystics #1)

By: Laurie Lucking

Publisher: Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC

Release Date: February 18th, 2019

Genres: Christian Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 299 pages

Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!

Add On: Goodreads

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars) 


One person knows of the plot against the royal family
and cares enough to try to stop it — the servant girl they banished.

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. Unexpected feelings for Rafe surface just as his parents announce his betrothal to a foreign princess. Then she unearths a plot to overthrow the royal family. Her life shatters completely when the queen banishes her for treason.

Harbored by a mysterious 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?

My Review

*sighs* This book was so good. I literally read it in three hours. I haven’t read a fantasy novel in so long and this one filled my need for one. Everything about this book had my heart pounding and longing for more.

The plot and storyline were so classic but I love the unique twists that Ms. Lucking placed in this book. I honestly love cliche romances like this, prince and maid love story tropes are my favorite. So that made me love this book even more.

The characters also made me love this book. Rafe and Leah were the perfect main characters for this book and they were so cute!! Leah and Rafe are honestly some of my favorite characters ever. Rafe was an adorable cinnamon roll who needs to be put into a safe box for the rest of his life. Leah was an amazing character and I really enjoyed reading her story.

I really did love this book and I really want to read the second book! I definitely will be reading more of Ms. Lucking’s reading!!

*I received an e-book from the author through Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*

About the Author

Laurie Lucking Headshot

I’ve been an avid reader practically since birth (my parents claim I often kept them up until nearly midnight begging to hear just one more book), but for many years the stories in my imagination never made it to the page. It wasn’t until I left my career as a lawyer to become a stay-at-home mom that I discovered my passion for writing fiction. What began as a hobby quickly turned into a dream of becoming a published author.

I write light fantasy with a strong thread of romance. While not all my story ideas derive from a particular fairy tale, I hope to always provide my readers with the satisfaction of a “happily ever after.” My favorite authors include Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Shannon Hale, Melanie Dickerson, and Gail Carson Levine, but I enjoy a wide range of classics, romance, and fantasy in its many forms.

I’m a Midwestern girl through and through, currently residing in Minnesota with my husband and two young sons. I’m always up for a good chat about books or movies, and I love to connect with fellow readers and writers!



To celebrate her tour, Laurie is giving away a themed basket with a signed paperback copy of Common, a beaded velvet bookmark, a handmade book sleeve, and a wooden “Have courage & be kind” sign!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter!

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  1. cool! seems like a good book! I may check it out. Have you ever hear of a series called “The Squires Tales?” I highly recommend it if you like fantasy/Romance/ adventure. It is a bit old but I love it! and its mostly clean as well maybe just some VERY brief innuendoes.

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