History, mystery, contemporary romance and magic…
A whimsical tale about money and its unknown otherworldly origins.
It is midnight, and you are sleeping.
I am here at the table with a candle at my elbow, penning the most difficult letter I have ever had to write.
They are coming for me. Samuel Withers saw them in the village…
Edward Lillibridge writes a farewell letter to his son. The controversial author is facing trial for heresy after revealing, in a book, the true beginnings of money.
…six months before the Global Financial Crisis rocks the economy. Lillibridge’s startling version of history, published under the guise of fiction, is out-of-print and largely overlooked.
Until it’s discovered by Rosetta: an idealist whose hope of starting a worldwide charity has been crushed by her sole-parent struggles. Lillibridge’s tale about a gold-obsessed kingdom (and the sprites they enslave: elfin clan dwellers whose currency of choice is kindness) ignites a memory Rosetta cannot explain.
The reading group Rosetta begins with friends—and blogs about—inspires other Lillibridge book clubs across the globe. Her own Sydney group meets fortnightly at a vintage bungalow, the rental home she secured to escape a gruesome intruder.
In a wealthier part of Sydney, finance executive Matthew (polished, successful, admired) has been questioning his slave-to-the-dollar existence and his marriage to a tantrum-throwing shopaholic. And now he’s questioning his sanity after finding he’s been followed by an elf.
And then Matthew learns the elf is portrayed in a book. He won’t be sharing that discovery anytime soon. Or so he thinks…
Rosetta’s intruder still lurks in the shadows, but who could the stranger be? A prowler from the suburb Rosetta and her teenaged daughter fled…or a traveller from the past, determined to suppress an ancient memory that will change the world forever?
“A book we want to stay in for as long as possible.”
“Sophisticated and thought-provoking…an urban fairy tale for grown-ups.”
***GOLD MEDAL Winner
Global Ebook Awards, USA 2016
***SILVER MEDAL Winner
Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest, USA 2017
***GOLD AWARD Winner
Literary Titan Book Awards, USA 2017
***RED RIBBON Winner
The Wishing Shelf Awards, UK 2015
***B.R.A.G. MEDALLION Honoree
Book Readers’ Appreciation Group, USA 2018
***BEST BOOK WE’VE READ ALL YEAR Finalist
Read Freely UK 2018