Journey to Paradise
By Paula Greenlees
Published by Arrow, NOW IN PAPERBACK
A beautifully atmospheric historical romance novel set in 1950s Singapore.
An unforgettable historical romance.
'Guaranteed to transport you to exotic climes and engross you in the story of its troubled heroine...A terrific debut for Paula Greenlees.' - LIZ TRENOW
'Paula's novel transports the reader to a long-forgotten and fascinating time...An enchanting, evocative debut! - LOUISE FEIN
ABOUT JOURNEY TO PARADISE:
When Miranda moves to the Alexandra Quarter with her husband Gerry, she hopes it will bring the fresh start they need.
Though their life in ex-pat society is full of luxury, Miranda can't help feeling like an outsider, and her relationship with Gerry becomes increasingly distant.
When doctor Nick Wythenshaw encourages Miranda to work within the local community, she finds new purpose away from her protected world that opens her eyes to a new way of life.
But as riots erupt across the region and danger draws close to home, Miranda must make an impossible choice.
Will she sacrifice everything she holds dear to find happiness?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paula Greenlees has lived in various places, including Singapore, where she was based for three years. It was while living in Singapore that the first seeds of her debut novel, Journey to Paradise developed.
The crumbling buildings and the modern high-rises popping up almost overnight seemed to be a metaphor for the social diversity and change in Singapore at that time. However, as a young mother living there, she wondered what it must have been like as a post-war colonial wife living miles away from the familiarity of home.
Despite the gloss and glamour of
colonial living, women were frequently stuck in unhappy marriages, often
unable to follow careers or have the independence
to divorce if things went wrong – which they inevitably did.
Her writing, although set against exotic backgrounds, is set on the cusp of change – the shift from colonial dominance to independence. She likes to dig into a variety of issues, and her main protagonist is, in many ways, a metaphor for the events surrounding her at that time. It isn’t always an easy journey, but in the end, success comes her way.
Paula Greenlees has an undergraduate degree in English and European Thought and
Literature, and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. She spent three years living in
Singapore surrounded by the history and culture that provided the inspiration for her first
novel, Journey to Paradise.
For further information, including social media and blog posts visit Paula's website www.paulagreenlees.com
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