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After a stunt lands heiress and comedian Alia Henry in lock-up, she finds herself under house-arrest in a crumbling mansion owned by Whitehall International, a company she discovers controls much of her ‘free-range’ life. Detoxing and device-free, she must write her contracted novel or face dire consequences.
But she is not alone on the once-magnificent estate. Phillip, Whitehall’s unquestioning aide-de-camp, intrigues and infuriates her in equal measure and wandering the house at night, she meets Braith, eccentric writer-in-residence and mixer of marvellous cocktails.
Each day she struggles to write but at night, under the light of an increasingly implausible full moon, Alia delights in exotic drinks and dazzling conversation with the mysterious Braith.
Not usually one for asking questions, she wonders is Braith a ghost…?
Or is she?
Funny, smart, and full of heart, Alia Henry discovers what happens when you look up from your screen long enough to see the people in front of you.
This book is a refreshing, unusual and uplifting read for anyone with a creative streak who is torn between the demands of today’s busy, distracting, fame-obsessed world and the struggles of creative output.
Alia Henry is funny, flawed, energetic, and misguided, and, like most of us, isn’t living up to her true potential as long as she is lured by everyday temptations and the instant gratification available through the portal of a smartphone at the touch of a button.
When she finally goes a step too far, decisions are made for her and she finds herself alone, cut-off from the life she knows, facing up to her imperfect self and being held to account for her promises. While hilarious and a rollicking read, this story, like Alia herself, softens into a mystery filled with as many questions as answers. Alia struggles with who she is and her future place in the world as a result of enforced isolation from it but slowly a different path opens up… if she chooses to take it.
I loved this book. It is funny and immersive. I was suspended from my current day-to-day life and transported to the wonderful, magical setting in France, filled with potential, anticipation and hope. I loved experiencing Alia’s life vicariously, feeling every one of her changing emotions. Despite her unique background, there is some of Alia in all of us.
This book inspires action and perseverance to fight for our dreams and to believe!
Rananda Rich – The Ink Rat
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