In the spirit of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, The Infidel’s Garden combines the magical with the mundane and the fantastical with the fanatical in a love story of epic proportions.
Set in the Dutch city of Hertogenbosch in 1502, nineteen-year-old Marjit, an orphan of the Spanish Inquisition, stubbornly refuses to abandon her Muslim faith. Baptized against her will, the passionate and outspoken Marjit challenges all things Christian. Forced to clean and garden in a household of religious fanatics, Marjit wages a war with her own soul when she falls wildly in love with her Master, the devilishly handsome and piously Christian Pieter van der Beeck.
Pieter is her soul mate. The problem is Marjit doesn’t recognise him. All her mortal body sees is the enemy – a leading member of a murderous Christian faith hell-bent on maintaining its political power.
Danger sets in when Marjit’s exotic beauty is coveted by the mysterious, and possibly mad, artist Hieronymus Bosch, and by the lecherous brother of her foul-mouthed, drunken Mistress. Terrorized and accused of witchcraft, Marjit must battle scheming clerics and the evil Archbishop Solin in order to fulfil her destiny alongside the married, loyal and devout Pieter.
There are many secrets in the van der Beeck household, and the mystery of Marjit’s birth is one that results in an explosive revelation that changes everything.
Set against a background of festering canals, bustling markets and wild superstitions, Pieter and Marjit’s love is beyond the laws of nature and man – they are compelled to be together no matter what devastation they leave in their wake. But before they can be reunited, they must not only cross a vast social and ideological abyss, but also recognise one another’s souls.
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About the Author
Ingrid Banwell is a New Zealand born artist and writer living with her family in Sydney. She holds a Master’s degree with First Class Honors in painting from the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, New Zealand and her artwork hangs in homes and offices around the world. Her three-dimensional work is also featured in several key publications on New Zealand art. Thanks to travel-hungry genes, she’s lived in Mexico City, Vienna, London and New York. As an author, Ingrid has been published in Cosmos Online, Andromeda Spaceways and the NSW Writers’ Centre magazine Newswrite as well as numerous online publications. Her story Untangling the Future features in You’re Not Alone - a collection of science fiction short stories edited by Damien Broderick and published by Surinam Turtle Press. In order to support her art and writing, Ingrid has had a breathless number of jobs including art teacher, market researcher, fundraising manager, librarian, consular public affairs officer and real estate receptionist. These days, when she’s not teaching, painting, writing, gardening, chauffeuring or nagging teenagers, she’s probably in a car somewhere trying to compress space-time in Sydney traffic jams. You can find out more about Ingrid, see some of her artwork and read some of her short stories at her website and blog: www.ingridbanwell.com