Toggle navigation

Once a Queen

A Novel

Sarah Arthur

Category: Fiction > Fantasy

About Once a Queen

A mysterious manor house hides the keys to shocking family secrets—and rapidly fading portals to other worlds—in the richly woven opener to bestselling author Sarah Arthur’s young adult fantasy series.

When fourteen-year-old American Eva Joyce unexpectedly finds herself spending the summer at the mysterious manor house of the English grandmother she’s never met, troubling questions arise: Why have her parents been so long estranged from her grandmother? What secrets are the manor staff—and the house itself—hiding?

When odd things start happening in the gardens at night, Eva turns to the elderly housekeeper, the gardener, and the gardener’s grandson, Frankie, for answers. Astonishingly, they all seem to believe that Eva’s favorite childhood fairy tales are true—and that her grandmother was once a queen in another world. But her grandmother’s heart is closed to the beauty and pain of the past. Now it’s up to Eva to discover what really happened. 

Can Eva’s family’s relationships be restored? Do portals to other worlds exist, or are they closed for good? As she seeks answers, Eva finds herself unraveling dangerous secrets and wrestling with grief for a vanishing childhood, all while facing the fear that growing up means giving up fairy tales forever.

About Sarah Arthur

Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the author of a dozen books for teens and adults, including the bestselling Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey Through The Lord of the Rings. Among other nerdy adventures, she has served as preliminary fiction judge for Christianity Today’s Book Awards, was a founding board member of the annual C. S. Lewis Festival in northern Michigan, and co-directs the Madeleine L’Engle Writing Retreats.

Product Details

400 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Jan 30, 2024

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 12

Sneak Peek

Start reading today!

In a mysterious English manor with a garden full of strange topiaries, teenage Eva is irresistibly drawn to a mystery. For Eva’s grandmother may be more than she appears. And Eva, too, is more than she understood herself to be. The long-awaited fantasy novel from bestselling author Sarah Arthur.