Fable’s Fortune by Sue Johnson

This novel is a lesson in itself to all would-be writers who struggle with writing descriptive prose and forget to include sensory detail. The language is just beautiful. The detail is incredible and the descriptions bring the scenes to life in full colour. The reader gets to taste, touch, smell, see and hear everything that Fable herself experiences. Little touches such as the fact that Fable, as a child, “tastes” words, so that some taste like ginger biscuits and others liver and onions is quite enthralling. It really is beautifully written.
However, let’s not forget the story. This is a sheer delight. Fable is born under a roof of stars, to Jasmine, a gypsy woman who has broken up with Fable’s father as he has become a religious fanatic after guilt brings on a fervent desire to save fallen women. Fable’s early years are happy as she lives with Jasmine and Gangan, the old gypsy woman who has great wisdom and gift of sight. Unfortunately, they also share their home with Peggy, a bitter, spiteful young woman whose duplicitous actions lead to Fable being snatched back by her father and taken to live in the cold, damp and loveless vicarage, miles away from the people she loves.
As Fable grows her life takes many twists and turns and she suffers a great deal of sadness and loss. However, she hears the voice of Gangan in her darkest hours, urging her on, making her believe that things will get better.
As things reach crisis point for Fable she looks back on her life in order to make sense of where it all went wrong, and as she does so, she changes the course of her future and finds help from the most unlikely source.
I am so glad I read this novel. It’s a lovely story and so well-written. A real feast for the senses. 5/5

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Fable's Fortune

Fable’s Fortune

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