Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
rostjioe would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

His shining pearl

By rostjioe

Other

Blurb

A cross between Cinderella and the parable "The king and the humble maiden"

Chapter 1

Ella gasped and sucked her sore index finger as she pricked it for the umpteenth time this evening.

She peered out of the kitchen window. There was still no sign of Tim yet. As she felt nervous about the impending “talk”, she decided to work on her customer’s wedding dress to distract herself. But at the rate she was going, Diana was going to end up with a bloodied white dress.

Little Rosemary was sleeping soundly by the fire. Her sweet little mouth curled up slightly in her sleep. She was probably having a sweet dream, totally oblivious to the storm that was brewing in Ella.

Ella ruffled her daughter’s hair and let out a soft sigh. How good it is to be a child! To have the love of both doting parents, a warm home and full tummy, without a care in the world.

Until today, Ella had thought she was a very blessed woman to have the love of her husband and daughter and a small seamstress business. Her world came shattering down when she discovered that Tim had been keeping a big secret from her. That her current life may be a sham.

Yesterday  she had taken Rosemary to the marketplace to buy some supplies. It was a beautiful morning. The sky was cloudless and blue and there was a light breeze. A perfect day for shopping. Rosemary was skipping in joy at the excitement of shopping with her ma.She loved the sights and smells of the small town they lived in. At a stall,she saw a pretty bracelet and fingered it lovingly for a moment before putting it back. 

Though young, Rosemary was sensible as she knew her family was not rich. Papa worked as a tutor in the city, while mama made dresses help supplement the income. Her discreet action was noticed by Ella who made a mental note to buy it for her on her birthday.

After their shopping, Ella bought them scones and tea at the town's only inn. They were enjoying their tea when they heard a woman call out

“Ella! Is that you?” Ella turned. The woman looked vaguely familiar. She was tall and wearing a simple but elegant dress. Though the cut looked simple, Ella could tell the dress was made from expensive fabric, unlike the gingham dress she was wearing. 

That’s strange Ella thought to herself. For she did not know anyone remotely wealthy. And yet there was something familiar about this lady who was beaming down at her.Her eyes widened as she recognised the woman.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

RedX9: I would love it if you would show how she is the bottom of the class. A paragraph alone isn't enough to show this.If she was such a screw up, how did she pass and graduate from the class. Are her teachers this lax that they would allow a screw up to graduate?I didn't understand the schooling syst...

Michael Hogan: If anyone would advise Lindsey Martin-Bower not to mix religion and politics, she would probably tell them to take a hike. This rollicking novella does just that. It considers the case of Yung Sung Gonne and his Universality Church and two young women trying to bring it down. Frustrated by the ru...

Lacey Schmidt: The Trouble with Super is that you can't stop reading it. Mr. Barrett's characters are all to easy to relate to even if you don't have a super quirk of your own, and their plight is both heart-rendingly funny and heart-warmingly sad at the same time. It's a bit like Office Space meets the Matri...

Bella_Lee_Taylor: the plot of the story is good and I can't wait to read the second book, but you need to check your grammar because as I was reading there were were important parts of the story some of the spelling and grammar were out of place and the way you you worded things can be better but I can see that th...

Talana Patterson: This story is very interesting It gives a great ideal on young people about their sexuality and discovering the true self about them As a lesbian myself discovered that when I was young I get a feeling and chills over my back just reading this amazing story

Demo: Great read, great plot, had me hooked from the start. What a cliff hanger for an ending. Can't wait for the next installment.

Lydia Sherrer: I first read The Speaker almost a decade ago when I first discovered author Sandra Leigh. I loved it then, and I still love it now. It is a simple, easy read, yet deep in meaning and rich in storyline. I do not know what kind of research or prior knowledge Leigh has of First Nation tribes, but sh...

Bboyjoon: A brilliant but unsettling story about 5 murders committed by a serial killer. This novel scared me a little bit and I have to commend you for being able to do that. I wanted to know if you’ve actually met a serial killer before. I mean the way you’ve described the mind of a psychopath is extreme...

sujitha nair: What's so distinct about this story was that it could easily be real. Praveena can be your classmate, neighbor or that girl you saw at the coffee shop today. The important decisions she makes and the dilemmas she faces, remind us of our own twisted lives.

More Recommendations

Angel S. Adames Corraliza: Sensational! As a fan of superheroes, I have to say, you have a real winner of a story so far. I like that you made Allison a Wonder Woman expy, but kept her likable and relate-able in this first chapter. You showed us the Mother while also glancing at the Superhero, which I think is important to...

AnnaLucia: This fanfiction has an amazing plot. It's very different from the books, yet the author still managed to keep the personalities the characters had in the books. Your Alec and Magnus still are themselves, even though you created a different plot where Bane had to seduce Lightwood to get informati...

dapharoah69: I gotta hand it to you. This was a great read from start to finish. I am a big fan of witches, thanks to Anne Rice. The characters really reeled me in from the very first few chapters. You make reading fun.

FreakyPoet: I found this story well written and extremely cute. I like how the emotional roller coaster, otherwise know as love, was done here. it was very believable that these two characters would deny, agonize, then come to except their feelings the way that they did. I enjoyed it very much, thank you ...

ArgyrisMetaxas: Thrilling story which builds layer ontop of layer. A few mis spellings every few chapters. What I found special was that it took a modern day problem and took it to its logical conclusion and plays this realism with gritting precision. I'm always on edge ready to shout from adrenaline. This is gr...

Sammi Chan: THIS WAS AMAZING!!! My favorite part of this story was the slow build of Merlin and Arthur's relationship. Their relationship was rlly nicely fleshed out and so good :) The way that you handled the magic reveal was super enjoyable. I rlly liked the switching POVs. Good!Mordred was cute and I'm rl...