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(Tales of the Mystics #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  63 reviews
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.

Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published February 14th 2018 by Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, LLC
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Laurie Lucking Great question - thanks for reaching out! Each book in the Tales of the Mystics will feature a different main character, but they will all take place …moreGreat question - thanks for reaching out! Each book in the Tales of the Mystics will feature a different main character, but they will all take place in the same fantasy world and have some of the same secondary characters. So far I have two more books planned, tentatively titled Traitor and Scarred, and I have a few additional story ideas brewing as well :)(less)

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Tammy Lash
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1.

I truly believe that all things happen by His hand. Reading Common, by Laurie Lucking, I would say, falls into that category. Life as of late has been, well, completely and utterly insane. Within a month, my husband, three kids, and I will be moving north into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to a place where we will be starting from scratch. A new home, a new town, a new church, a new doctor, a new
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 paren
Jamie Foley
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honey-sweet, quintessential romantic fantasy with a dash of adventure and a magic cherry on top.

Even though I write fantasy, romantic fantasy isn’t my usual pleasure-read. Normally my taste is a little more… adrenaline-junkie.

But when my friend Laurie told me the premise of her debut novel, Common, I knew I’d like it regardless. And because I enjoy the occasional jaunt outside my normal reading habits, I agreed to read an advance copy of her novel for my endorsement.

I’m so glad I did.

Leah Wel
Jes Drew
This was a charming medieval/fantasy novel about a servant girl who did two forbidden things- learn to read and charm the prince- and must now complete two impossible tasks- save the kingdom and overcome her insecurities. Our heroine is relateably shy, but also sweet and selfless and hard-working. All she wants is to mind her own business and steal moments with her childhood best friend, the prince. Which, of course, meant everything was going to be upended. Like her, I wish we had more time wit ...more
Deborah O'Carroll
(Check out my Valentine giveaway for a signed paperback copy of this book! 2/14-2/20)

Five thoughts on Common and why should read it!

1. The world/setting: You feel like you’re home. At first I thought it might be a Kingdom Adventure book until fantasy elements showed up later in the story. But I just loved the cozy fantasy kingdom setting and it felt so — I don’t know! I felt so at home and I just want to hug this book. ❤ (It made me think a little of books
Serethiel Sequoia
4.5 stars

// c o m m o n

This book came at the perfect time for me. (Pretty sure that was a God moment, y'all. ✌️) I'm so thankful for Common (although the story is anything BUT common! 😉) and I can't wait for the next volume in Tales of the Mystics! ^-^
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Prince Charming’s not the only one who can save the day, as Leah so handily proves in Common.

First and foremost, let me say that I loved Leah in this sweet romance. She wants to do the right thing and has great courage in doing so – even when afraid or uncertain. Her struggles to trust the Luminate (God) are presented authentically, as is the culmination of that journey. I also loved how the author crafted the Mystics and their unique relationship with the Luminate, incorporating some elements o
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I was completely swept away by Laurie Lucking's debut novel. With a gentle start, guiding us into the lives of her captivating characters, we become acquainted with the land called Imperia, where young Leah works as a servant in the palace. But Leah has a secret. Her friendship with the Crown Prince, Rafe, is one of the few things she holds dear. She simply didn’t realize how dear he was to her until shortly after her birthday. Now with something more than friendship blooming between th
Emily Flagstad
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very sweet fantasy romance, one sure to please all young readers who love a good royal story! Looking forward to learning more about those sassy mystics in the next installment!
Kelly Bridgewater
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Common by Laurie Lucking is a fun-filled story filled with a fascinating heroine. I really enjoyed how Lucking made the heroine be the strong character in the story. Instead of feeling down when an unexpected thing happened to her, she jumped right into action to prevent horrors from happening. I admire her bravery and her love for helping others. I really liked that Lucking really didn't give Rafe a chance to talk. His actions proved he loved her, which is stronger than words in my opinion. The ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

A sweet fairy-tale romance with a handsome prince, a cunning villain and a spunky heroine who saves the day.

This was a really fun book to read.

Can I say how much I loved Leah as an MC? She was sweet and spunky. Fun and fearless. I also enjoyed her secret friendship with Rafe, the prince, as it felt natural and not forced. Their interactions were definitely something I looked forward to.

There was just enough gorgeous descriptions to transport me to Imperia, the dialogue gave me a real sense of e
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Laurie Lucking's novel, Common. I rarely write reviews, because I don't particularly enjoy writing, unlike my talented niece, Laurie. Yes...full disclosure...Laurie Lucking is my niece. BUT, PLEASE KEEP READING!

I've been a librarian, mostly in youth services, for over 18 years. In that capacity (and because I love the genre), I've read a great quantity of books, especially those that have become best sellers, won awards, etc. Common ranks up there with them. I would have lik
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
CommonThis book tore my heart out numerous times. I can't even express to you how many times I felt like the book could have ended so happily only to turn the page and experience the exact emotions of Luke Skywalker upon discovering that Darth Vader is his father!

I just finished this book last night and I am still processing. There were a lot of emotions throughout this story, and trying to sift through them is complicated. I think I'm just going to have to give you a list of the 10 things I lov
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: got-review-copy
It's always so exciting to read a debut book and even though this one starts out kind of slow, I really enjoyed reading Leah's journey. I couldn't stand Sam and Ned, but they both got what they deserved in the story. Even though Gretchen was Leah's longest friend, I considered Anne the truest friend of the story and wished there had been more of her character in Leah's life. Gretchen meant well, but I had trouble liking her. My favorite characters were the nuns, they don't enter the plot until h ...more
Amelia Nichole Defield
I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and I am so happy I won a signed copy in a giveaway recently! I read this book in two days and I almost stayed up all night to finish it!

The romance is sweet and the characters lovable. I really liked the morals of the main characters, it reminded me of Jane Eyre. (view spoiler)
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Royalty, romance, and a murder plot…what more could you want in a story? And Laurie Lucking has done a fantastic job of weaving them all into a beautiful and charming debut novel.
The relationship between Leah and Rafe is so smartly crafted—starting out unexpectedly and growing over the years as friendship, then finally, despite their best efforts, more. It made them seem even more innocent and charming and worthy of cheering them on through the twists and turns of court life.
And Lucking manages
Sara Baysinger
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling you get after staying up all night finishing a good book? That was me with Common. I felt ALL THE BUTTERFLIES in that last chapter. Rafe is serious book boyfriend material, and he and Leah are adorable together. I did not know what I was getting myself into with Common when I picked it up, but Laurie Lucking immediately pulled me into a fantasy world of forbidden attraction, unforeseeable twists, and memorable characters, and then finished the story with a satisfying, swoon ...more
Abigail Ford
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Story of a Brave Woman

This was a wonderful, easy to read story. I loved that the Prince was saved! He was the "damsel in distress" so to speak, saved by his love, a maid! Bravo, Laurie. Well done. It was slightly slow at first, but once the story really got started, it was so wonderful!!! The plot was excellent, the characters wonderful, the writing style was lovely and enjoyable. Looking forward to the next book! Worth every penny.
K.A. Cummins
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love fairy tales, you’ll love Common. Endearing characters swept me away in their beautiful story of love, courage, and perseverance. Heart-warming and uplifting, I was smiling through happy tears by the end.
Lucette Nel
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
For the most part, I am not a fantasy devotee. My go-to genre is historical fiction, but I challenge myself to read outside of my tried-and-true Christian fiction categories in order to develop a more broad level of experience and hopefully connect more readers with more authors. When I signed up to review “Common”, I went mostly by the cover and only briefly skimmed the description because, as I’ve previously mentioned, I prefer going into books without knowing the plot beyond the bare minimum. ...more
Jessika Santulli
Summary: Sixteen-year-old chambermaid Leah Wellstone overhears a plot to assassinate the royal family of Imperia, including her secret love, Prince Rafael. Aided by a group of mysterious nuns, she must uncover proof of the plot and take down the conspirators before it’s too late.

Thoughts: Common is a charming, engaging read that teen girls will relish. Leah’s first-person voice is realistic for someone of her age and station. This is a fairy tale reverie that you don’t want to wake up from. Rafe
*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.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-keepers
This story was a wonderful coming-of-age romantic fantasy following the journey of an immensely likable MC, the honorable, hard-working, courageous Leah. I have to add her to my all-time favorite list of heroines! The story is entirely from her POV and works well in first person. Her romantic interest and the several minor characters are well-drawn and believable, and the situation that unfolds has enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages to find out if and how Leah can overc ...more
Janice Sisemore
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020

Common is a fun story. Leah and her mother lived and worked in the palace. Leah became friends with the prince. I loved their friendship. But because of their friendship Leah gets kicked out of the palace. She ends up living with some nuns.

I just loved Leah‘s mother and how she wanted the best for her. They have the best relationship. When Leah birthday came around she made her something very special. Read the book to see what she got for her birthday.

This is not the genre I would normal
Heather Hayden
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovers of fairy-tale romances will definitely enjoy this sweet read. I devoured in it one sitting, even though I typically don't read romances, because Leah's determination to protect the people she loves--even when she is thrown out of her own kingdom!--kept me cheering for her to the very end.

There is a clear religious thread throughout the story, but it's woven into the tale carefully and never comes across as preachy. The sisters (nuns) who appear later in the story are some of my favorite c
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Delightful Romantic Tale

I loved this book so much. I’m a fan of Melanie Dickerson’s medieval fairy tale retellings. Common is similar except the story takes place in a fictional world.
Leah is a bright and sweet heroine, Rafe is a fun hero. I love how he’s realistically clueless about the ramifications of his impulsive ideas. Leah’s friendships and close relationship with her mother round out the story.
Without giving away the latter part of the book, Leah is helped by a fantastic group of chara
Rachel Lopez
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Delightful read

Such a sweet love story filled with adventure and suspense. I cant wait to read the next book in this series!
C.O. Bonham
Common by Laurie Lucking is a new YA fantasy novel about knowing your place and not trying to reach for things outside of you current circumstances.

Obviously I'm just kidding. The book is totally the opposite of that. Though Leah is a chamber maid she has no problem bucking the system. Everything thing she does from learning to read and write, to meeting the crown prince in a broom closet, (totally clean, nothing kinky happens in the closet, I promise) is forbidden. The real kicker is that she's
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought this for my granddaughter but wanted to read it first. It kept me interested from the beginning and I was completely pulled into Leah's world and cheering for her. Her dedication, that persists beyond how she is treated, is a great character trait to emulate. I look forward to the next book in the series. ...more
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Laurie Lucking has always loved diving into imaginary worlds through books, but didn’t start writing her own stories until she left her career as an attorney to become a stay-at-home mom. After growing up in Wisconsin, she hopped the border into Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota Law School, and she continues to make Minnesota her home with her husband and two you ...more

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