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 … see full wiki
Willow Jane has felt the presence of Boon since childhood, but everyone else thinks she should have grown out of her imaginary friend by now. Instead she’s drawn closer to him till she feels she’s in love or going mad. In an attempt to find out which she buys a cottage in a small English village where she can be alone with her musical and artistic muses. Author Catherine Thorpe conveys that dislocation of a foreigner abroad very well, though the meticulously rendered Wiltshire dialect is sometimes hard to read or hear in the mind. I found myself puzzling through a world of estates and multiple manors, but soon the magical aspects of the story take over—statues, obelisks, sunshine and flowers. Is the celandine a poppy, and are we drugged to sleep? Willow’s mystery man reveals himself through dreams, introspection and visions. The story stretches in enchanted sun till it encompasses history, symbol, myth and ancient manuscripts. Willow’s rejection of established faith is finally brought to fruit in a whole new world-view with some surprising mystic revelations. And the concept of name being less than self is very nicely drawn. Not a novel for those who prefer more established documents of faith, science and history, In a Celandine World presents a fascinating search for an intriguingly powerful love, with shades of Alice’s rabbit-hole guiding the path.
Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.