In a Celandine World

Rated 3.13/5 based on 8 reviews
Willow Jane has a secret. She’s in love with the Boogeyman. He comes to her in her dreams. Lately he’s been speaking to her while she’s awake. She doesn’t know why he comes to her, or how it is that she loves him. She’s never even seen him.

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Words: 78,960
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458155528
About Catherine Thorpe

Catherine Thorpe is an author, photographer, social writer, speaker, web/social strategist, community builder, social influencer, idea architect, Coca-Cola addict, philosophical enthusiast, punctuation activist, vinyl mourner and nature lover. She explores life in the Greater Toronto area in a bubble of ambitious imagination with her two teenage sons and an imaginary Great Dane named John Henry.

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Review by: Daphne Rosario on June 25, 2012 :
Willow Jane is a talented artist known for her paintings and her eccentricity. She doesn’t have friends which could be attributed to her fiery temper and quick mouth. Since her childhood she has grown to love the presence of someone she cannot see whom she calls Boon. Recently, she started hearing his voice. While her parents have paid for the best therapist to help her on-going imagination but nothing has helped.

She set off to live in a small English village, where she meets an elderly couple whom she has grown fond of. They are fundamental in her journey to find herself and learn more about Boon. She realizes that many things she sees are clues; such as the statues, charm bracelets, the weather and gardens.

Willow’s Professor shows her painting to a colleague whose feedback and praise leaves her ecstatic. What she doesn’t know is that her painting was like a red alert. Others are now aware that she might be the key to a puzzle no one has been able to decipher. Now she faces another problem when all she wanted was to find a way to be with the man she calls Boon.

I gave this book three stars because it wasn’t my cup of tea but I know many others that would enjoy it. It was TOO descriptive and informative for me and trying to understand the dialect of the store owner took away from me trying to get into a flow with the book. I must admit the story is very unique and different from any book out there.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on June 01, 2012 :
I would like to thank Read 2 Review for allowing me to read this book for a review. It's quite interesting. There were several twists and turns and I was quite surprised with the ending with this book. I was totally shocked how they've put so much history and well know "names" and they all fit together. I have to say that was my favorite part. I was a little sad for the main character as she seemed to have quite a hard life. and when they people you love the most won't believe you or help you, and make you think you're crazy, it can make life miserable. I love the supporting characters, especially the Willoughby's!! I just love them :) This is an interesting concept of paranormal romance with mystery included. There is some magical landscapes and interesting things going on. If you like a sweet, fairy-tale type paranormal romance. This one is for you :) 3.5 PAWS!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on June 01, 2012 :
I would like to thank Read 2 Review for allowing me to read this book for a review. It's quite interesting. There were several twists and turns and I was quite surprised with the ending with this book. I was totally shocked how they've put so much history and well know "names" and they all fit together. I have to say that was my favorite part. I was a little sad for the main character as she seemed to have quite a hard life. and when they people you love the most won't believe you or help you, and make you think you're crazy, it can make life miserable. I love the supporting characters, especially the Willoughby's!! I just love them :) This is an interesting concept of paranormal romance with mystery included. There is some magical landscapes and interesting things going on. If you like a sweet, fairy-tale type paranormal romance. This one is for you :) 3.5 PAWS!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sangita Tamang on May 26, 2012 :
*received a copy for a honest review

Willoow Jane has a secret. She can see Boon. Ever since she was little he has always been there. Now, that she is thirty three she's going to look for answers.

I have got to say that In a Celandiene World was outside the box of what i read. Although, it does have some really good things to it that i really like about it!

Firstly, i would say that Catherine's writing is so comfortable. You can slip right into the story anytime you like. And the first sentence just drags you in:

"In third grade, i was punched so hard in the face i thought i saw god"

Next, i also loved the Alice In Wonderland quotes that come up in the story. It fits perfectly into the story!

However, it also had some down sides to it. For example, there wasn't much thrill. In addition, it wasn't really my type of cup of tea. So, finally, i have come to desicion that i will give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hazel G on May 25, 2012 :
In A Celandine World is a fantasy romance written by Catherine Thrope.

Review:
I went into the book thinking it was one thing and it turns out to be a completely different experience then expected. And I have to say, it just wasn't for me. The book blurb leads you to believe this novel to be a paranormal type mystery when instead, I found it to be more of a book based on the inner ramblings in the POV of the main character, Willow, about beliefs, the contemplation of her sanity, reality and the possibility of magic and fairy folk. There was a story hidden in there as well but Willow spends the majority of the book wondering if the events around her are actually in her head and what this could mean for her own sanity and reality. The authors use of flowery imagery kept me reading. She has a poetic way with words for sure, but the story itself was confusing, leaving me stumbling over chapters trying to decipher what I had just read and where this story could possibly be going. It wasn't until the end that you understand the reason for everything and by that point I just didn't care. I wish there had been better, more discernible clues hidden in the mystery of the book. The characters were just as mysterious and confusing as the story and I didn't understand their point until the end.

This just wasn't my typical type of read so I may be judging to harshly, but I just couldn't get into the story. I assume by the ending of this novel there will be a second book but I probably wont pick it up.

NOTE: I read this as a R2R with Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics! A special thank you to the mods and the author for allowing me to participate.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Emilia on May 22, 2012 :
[this review was also posted on goodreads]

I was close to giving the book three stars because of her writing, but in the end I settled for two because to be perfectly honest, I didn't enjoy the plot. I think Thorpe has a lot of interesting and unique ideas and I can honestly say I have never read a story like it before, yet I didn't feel that the story was particularly interesting or enjoyable, it was just odd. However, judging by the average review of the book it seems that quite a few people did enjoy the book, but it wasn't for me. The ending especially ruined the book even more for me, I don't want to ruin the book for anyone else who hasn't read it yet, but I will say that I just found the last end twist beyond strange and just really weird.

I hugely enjoyed some of the characters and I found them to be very well written, in particular Hugh's character was quite enchanting. I love the traditional British way in which he is described in his manners. Some of the descriptions are beautiful if you really pay attention to them, but sometimes they also slow the story down even more. However, I found Mr. Willoughby and the professor to be a bit overly British, it just felt a bit too much at times. I really couldn't stand the Willow as a character either, I just found her a bit annoying at times. However, I loved the descriptions of her interactions with Hugh and Boon, it was enticing and beautifully written. I do just really want to reiterate that Catherine Thorpe has an amazing style of writing, the way in which she describes things and especially emotions is just beautiful. She successfully captures several different aspects of moments, sometimes she'll spend quite a few paragraphs just describing specific things and I honestly love it - sometimes it does slow the story down but personally, I'm the type of reader who enjoys the details. Sadly, I just did not find the story plot as captivating as her choice of diction and writing style. In the end I really had to just force myself to finish reading it.

Basically, it's an odd and unique plot, I think some people will love it and others won't be too fond of it (myself included). But even though I didn't like the story, Thorpe is a talented writer and I do think it would be interesting to read something else that she has written which I might enjoy more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tawna lambert on May 21, 2012 :
I'm giving this book 3 stars, which is as objective that I can be because, personally, I didn't so much like it.

The Story
I thought the synopsis of this story was way off base, so here is what I think it's about. This is a faith based book, not faith in the traditional sense, God and Hell, but faith nonetheless. Willow is the main character and ever since she was a child she has felt a presence with her, her parents said it was the bogeyman when she was a child and then thought she was crazy with keeping an imaginary friend as she grew up. Willow is now 22 and has moved from Chicago to England and a small cottage so that she can pursue Boon (her childhood boogeyman, though he was never scary and always loving, so not really the boogeyman). Once there she meets Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby and Hugh, these people eventually show her what Truth is and what the Truth is behind her love for Boon and the Truth about mankind.

Likes
--The reason for the 3 star rating, objectively: the writing flowed well, was crazy descriptive and you knew EXACTLY what to picture, the author had a point and plot that was explained and understandable
--Hugh, as soon as he was introduced into the book I wanted to read all of the parts with him in it.
--The old Victorian way that Hugh spoke.

Dislikes
These are all personal reasons:
--The synopsis was completely misleading or at least I took it wrong, I thought there was going to bee a fight for love and truth and blah blah, some paranormal aspect going on, Urban Fantasy, excitement. NO...no excitement what-so-ever...none. This was a book about a girl and her faith in herself and mankind. It was paranormal/urban fantasy in the way God and Jesus are. Which is to say, to some people not at all and to others completely.
--It’s way way too descriptive. I’m skimming over two or three paragraphs at a time because I just don’t care how green the grass is, or the fact that the ground was sun warmed and the butterflies flew past the window. It makes for the beginning of the book to be very slow and I just want the story to start already.
--The way the author wrote Mr. Willoughby’s accent. It was too hard to read, I don’t think the accent needed to be pronounced in every other word he spoke. A couple accented spelled words and I can imagine the accent in my head from there. Half the time I had to read the damn things he’s saaid two or three times to understand what the heck he said and it pissed me off.
--I understand that the concept of her connection to Boon is hard for her to explain to family; however it shouldn’t be hard for the reader to understand. It sounded confusing and I didn’t get it either.
--Boon, I didn't care for him...never got attached to him as a character (view spoiler)
--WTF (view spoiler)
--When we finally get the answers to our questions about what the heck is going on, it is in one gi-freakin-normous info dump. Like a chapter and a half long info dump!!! bleh..
--Didn't like the ending at all

Conclusion
I have no idea. I would not recommend this book to anyone that I know in real life. It is a very slow paced book. Three stars based on the flow of the writing, the fact that the characters were developed with back stories, the world building and descriptive writing style (though that's not my cup of tea).

****Spoilers****
1. wish he woulda been Arthur and Hugh woulda been Lancelot
2. Hugh was Judas? that pissed me off, not in the religious fact what-so-ever, but really? that's who the author chose him to be??? someone who killed himself (for, in this story, doing what was asked of him) and then becoming a gardener who found his True love only to not be able to be with her and now he's lost and waiting on Earth (well in Avalon) for his love to return? what??? WHAT THE HELL??? I didn't get it and didn't understand it. This pissed me off sooooo royally too because he was my fav character. Could have at least also made him be Arthur, no?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Allyson Kinirons on May 19, 2012 :
Great book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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