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Epiphany - THE GOLDING: A story within a story


"Sophisticated and thought-provoking ... an urban fairy tale for grown-ups."--Avid Ashley

***GOLD MEDAL Winner
Global Ebook Awards, USA 2016
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
Read Freely UK 2018

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 villageā€¦

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 sharingthat discovery anytime soon. Or so he thinksā€¦

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?

****Includes detailed Character List

What readers are saying on Goodreads and Amazon's international sites ...
... Like a delicate piece of lace ... masterfully looped and twisted into intricate patterns ...
Marta Tandori - Mystery/Suspense author

... The characterisation is very convincing; the scenes atmospheric; and unexpected twists kept me guessing outcomes. A romance element adds another dimension to this absorbing novel. The book has a depth that appealed to me on so many levels. What surprised me as much as anything was to discover that this was the author's debut novel ...
Cancerian 9

A deep, gripping and wildly creative plot.
Veritas Vincit

Brilliantly enchanting ... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Payal Sinha

... This book is the book of tomorrow, it will become a classic.

The first thing that struck me about Terry's debut novel was her seemingly effortless ability to entwine the contemporary and historical aspects of the story. At times the writing is nothing short of spellbinding, something that is rare these days, and even rarer at the beginning of a literary career.

Both the inner and outer stories were equally compelling, and made for an easy transition from one time-frame to another.
Avid Ashley

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