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Legends speak of a place called Lerewood, an isolated little village set in the middle of an immeasurable, ghostly wood. The townspeople suffer from severe poverty and filth, living more like savage animals than a cultured civilization. However, despite the town’s inhuman conditions, the townspeople never seem to die from disease or starvation, and their numbers only seem to grow with each generation. No one knows the truth of how Lerewood came to be, but many secrets seem to revolve around an ancient, legendary creature that lives in the surrounding forest. They say she’ll hunt anyone who dares trespass onto her land;
Those who enter the forest never come back.
One middle aged man, Uallas, depressed and tired of abuse from his monstrous wife, decides to commit suicide by entering the wood. But when he steps foot into the mythical dark forest, Uallas finds that everything he ever knew about the town, and himself, were lies. These new discoveries only lead to more questions, where the truth can only be found in the mysterious, undiscovered world.
The Lerewood introduces the topics of natural evil, identity, and judgment, all while moving the reader with detailed personification. It is a tale of darkness, and will appeal to many readers with its rich, moody descriptions of the eerie, mythological forest.
Please, if you've done the most amazing thing and purchased and read my book, leave a review! I'd love to hear what you thought of my debut novella. Whether it's a praiseworthy or critical review, I don't care. I want to hear what you have to say!
Review from Shabnam
"...From the starting point of the book I felt I could visualize every happening through the course of the tale. It can be classified as a beautiful but tragic fairy tail. One that brings out too many questions inside your head. I felt like asking...Did the existence of pure evil, beast-like behavior of our world possibly begin from a place like the Lerewood? Does evil arrive out of nowhere, just down from the earth?...This book has brought out lot of questions in me, a lot of thinking...between real life and the story...if you haven't read it yet...don't waste any more time. You won't regret it."
Review from Alan
"It is very rare when an author creates a unique concept and story. Andrea Churchill has reinvented the age old conflict between man and nature, good vs evil. She has created what may become a timeless fable with interesting twists and turn that makes you think and contemplate while enjoying the story which reads at a brisk pace. She is a serious talent... with her physical beauty, tremendous command of the english language and excellent writing style, as well as her limitless imagination, I look forward to her next book and rise to the top in the fantasy, sci-fi genre."
Review from Jen
"FEAR – living a life of fear is the controlling factor. From the beginning Churchill wraps you into this suspenseful tale. She has a beautiful comforting way with words, although a dark undertone to the story, you feel warmth and empathy at the same time. For the ponderous adventurous daredevil, only he would walk into this unknown forest, face their fears… unless they wanted to die.
It kind of reminded me of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, but with a nature setting rather than city. Churchill certainly has a style similar to Hugo.
"You are a fool to determine my place in this forest! It has been my home for centuries, yet you enter and call it your own, claiming you have the right to criticize my devotion to this forest. I see now you are like the rest of that filthy town, convinced my veins flow with cold!”
Beautiful imagery, and detailed descriptions. It read more like a legend/tale rather than a deep novel, but had some very strong themes particularly man vs. nature, which is indeed a dark reflection of reality. Churchill is definitely an author to watch out for, an absolute excellent read."
Review from Amy
"From the very beginning, Andrea Churchill pulls empathy out of her readers. She effortlessly gives life to Uallas, the protagonist, by painting a derelict, shriveled, middle-aged man without a place in the world. The imagery used in defining Lerewood and all of its inhabitants is thought provoking and riddled with eeriness. Churchill demonstrates a knack for story-telling right up to the very end. This was a quick read for me, and quite honestly hard to put down. I generally shy away from fantasy of any kind, but Churchill stirred something inside of me, causing me to want more from both this author and this genre."
Review from Cassandra
"This was the first book I've read by Andrea and I have to say, I love her way of storytelling. It made me feel like this was actually a bedtime story that's a little in the darker side and I loved that. It had that lulling and comforting feel to it. At least in my opinion. This book takes place in an isolated village in the middle of the woods that is forced into seclusion due to a creature haunting the forest surrounding it. If you step into the woods, you die. I really loved the unique names Andrea used in this story. For example, the main character's name is Uallas. It's one of my favorite character names so far...I absolutely loved that cliffhanger...It wrapped up the bedtime story feel perfectly."
Review from Kaylin
"Andrea Churchill takes us into Lerewood, a very secluded, savage like town where people are not very nice and not very taken care of. Churchill provides the reader with so much detail it is insane! I was able to picture the town of Lerewood perfectly in my head due to her choice of words! This is the first book I have read by Churchill and I had a wonderful impression right from the start. Churchill brought you into this world and kept you there with all the suspense regarding the legend of the Lerewood forest.
The Lerewood forest is said to be haunted by Ilere, a cursed creature who lives in the woods. Anyone who goes into the woods... dies.
Here in Lerewood we meet a man named Uallas. Uallas is not very liked by his family and refused to go home one day. He then decided to run straight into the forest. Does he find Ilere in the forest? Does Uallas die? I obviously can not tell you guys what happens, so you will have to pick up a copy of this book to find out!
This book was very entertaining and fun to read! I definitely recommend it if you are looking for something short and creepy."
Review from Charlene
"I've been curious about this book for a while so I finally picked it up (on my Kindle) and I'm glad I did!
If you're looking for a deeply atmospheric book that is reminiscent of Neil Gaiman, this is definitely the book for you. Brooding, haunting, and yet lyrical, The Lerewood is wrapped up in themes of monsters, beauty, truth and perception.
I read it all in one sitting and was quite snappish if anyone interrupted me! I can't wait to see what else Andrea Churchill comes out with."
Review from Julie
"I loved this book! I do not normally read fantasy but this may well get me started! Andrea Churchill pulled me in from page one and I didn't want to let go. Her vivid descriptions of Lerewood, a small town surrounded by dense forest, and of its selfish and cold-hearted inhabitants, were remarkable. She gave life to the protagonist, Uallas, a poor soul who wanted to escape his oppression, and I followed his every move as if they were my own. The creature of the forest, who the towns people are both afraid of and fascinated by, evoked many emotions from me. This novel is a mixture of good vs. evil and man vs. nature. Very well done and I highly recommend"
Review from Wilhelmina
"I found the story to be intriguing and captivating with Churchills' ability to describe in detail the setting and town and the people. I wanted to know more about this mysterious creature everyone was so afraid of. I couldn't get enough of the story and Churchills' dliverence of the characters and the state of fear they were in made me feel like I too was there and will meet my doom if I did not run! She brings me to the point of I am no longer a reader narrating in my mind but a person there touching and feeling the setting around me with my fingertips and smell the rancid smells of the town and so on. I am eager for another book, hopefully a sequel that will tell me more about the history of these creatures and the towns isolation... I give Andrea Churchills' "The Lerewood " 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞"