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ARC Book Review: ‘Follow Me To Ground’ by Sue Rainsford

Title: Follow Me To Ground

Author: Sue Rainsford

Length: 197 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I didn’t know what to expect from this book as it’s not my usual genre I read, but the synopsis sounded so interesting to me. I couldn’t wait to get started.

In a house in a wood Ada and her father, live peacefully, tending to their garden and the wildlife in it. They are not human though. Ada was made by her father from the Ground, a unique patch of earth with birthing and healing properties. Though perhaps he didn’t get her quite right. They spend their days healing the local human folk – named cures – who visit them, guardedly, with their ailments. This is the story of what happens when Ada embarks on a relationship with a local Cure named Samson, and is forced to choose between her old life wither her father and a new one with her human lover. Her decision will uproot the town – and the Ground itself – forever.

This book is one of my favourites of the year so far.

‘Follow Me To Ground’ has this real earthy feel to it, whilst at the same time it’s got an otherworldly quality. It’s set in a small town, on our planet, with only a few main characters, yet it feels large and expansive. There really is something special about this book.

There is a magical, distant from reality aspect to this book, but what (excuse the pun) grounds it, is the characters. It’s what makes it relatable. Here you have a magical creature, born from the ground, yet she’s falling in love, with a human boy. It feels, to me, like when a girl falls in love with the bad boy, but with a much more interesting twist. There’s the very human relationship between Ada and her father. He’s the angry, disappointed father, whilst she’s his too human, rebellious daughter. ‘The Ground’ almost feels like another main character in this book. It’s just got this presence that’s there throughout the book. It’s a got mystery quality to it. Fantastic.

I’ve seen some other reviewers say, that ending let this story down and I just can’t agree with that. I don’t want to spoil anything, but at the end of book something is revealed to Ada and she’s surprised. While we as the reader know what Samson has done, and even Ada has been told, she didn’t believe it. She hoped it wasn’t true. She’s didn’t want to believe that of her love. She even tries to cure him. It just adds to this book for me. It’s another example of this magical creature acting in the most human way.

The writing is so beautiful. There’s so much said in so little and I mean that in the best way. It just adds another layer to this already atmospheric novel. The prose are simple, yet impactful. You have such empathy for the characters, especially Ada towards the end of the novel. Sue Rainsford is a huge talent.

This novel is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. I was hooked right away, and couldn’t to see how this glorious story ended. I read in awe and fascination whilst being totally swept away in the story.

Thank you so much to Katie Cregg and Doubleday books for a copy of this book, in return for an honest, unbiased review. It comes out August 8th! Be sure to check it out.

Until the next review

JTH

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