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‘You and I are not ordinary folk, little mistress. We are wise. We call the river by her goddess name, Sabrina.’   

Hester, a farmer’s daughter, yearns for more than feeding lambs by the kitchen fire. She envies the freedom of the river nymphs and listens to Sabrina’s whispers: Be wise, be strong. When Hester meets Aaron, a man powerful in herbal lore, she decides the healing wisdom of fields and forest is what Sabrina seeks of her. 

But her mother scorns her ambitions as witchery and decrees her daughter will have a husband to settle her down. Hester flees to Aaron, only to discover he too insists she should marry and be ‘ordinary’ folk.   

While a desperate Hester battles for her dream, Aaron must reconcile his past to accept the future. 

Will the river help, or hinder?   

‘This book definitely took me by surprise because it sucked me right in. It is so wonderfully written.’ Goodreads review

About The Author

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When Cheryl Burman moved to the Forest of Dean in SW England she, like Tolkien and Rowling, was inspired to write. She started with middle grade fantasy, discovered a taste for historical fiction, also that short stories and flash can be fun, and now she has moved on to historical fantasy. She likes a challenge and a change. 

As Cheryl Mayo, she is Chair of Dean Writers Circle and a founder of Dean Scribblers, which encourages the creative writing spark in young people in the community. To stay up to date, sign up for her monthly newsletter at and receive a free ebook as her gift for doing so.

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