Out of Africa meets The English Patient
Memory Cougan, black and in her twenties, has a successful career and an adoring fiance. But at her engagement party, she panics. Brought to London aged five, she has no recollection of Africa, or why she left. Leaving Adam behind, she returns to a place she no longer recognises and to Max, the coffee planter who may have the answers. But Memory s journey of discovery is not hers alone to make. For Max, hardened by years in the bush, her arrival will reawaken memories of the most intense time in his life and of his beloved aeroplane, Hotel Juliet. For Elise, her adoptive mother, Memory s flight threatens to reveal the truth of what really happened in Africa all those years ago. And for Paul Cougan s sacrifice will finally be recognised. Moving from Britain to Africa over twenty years, Hotel Juliet combines pathos and tragedy with the possibility of glorious redemption to tell the poignant story of a passionate love triangle that resonates down to the present day.
'Africa and aviation, red dust and wide, white skies . . . this romance will soon dispel those January blues . . . A thrillingly observant writer and crafter of highly sensual prose, Seaward employs the language and lore of the skies to considerable metaphorical effect . . . its richly descriptive escapism is seductive - Daily Mail
Hotel Juliet is a breathtaking work and a deeply moving elegy to the transitory nature of family life - Scotland on Sunday
A gripping evocation of love and passion amid the wild African landscape - Sainsbury's Magazine
This poignant epic is a real page-turner . . . a mesmerising, well-crafted novel - Birmingham Evening Mail
A cinematic novel of breadth and beauty, love and aviation. Superbly written, the author s descriptions, particularly of masculinity, smells and voodoo are possessed of an almost ineffable resonance. - The Argus
Hotel Juliet very quietly binds a spell on the reader and I found it unusual and absorbing - Shropshire Star
A poignant love story that spans two decades and two continents - E.Motion
Belinda Seaward began her career as a journalist and has worked on national newspapers, including the Daily Mail and Sunday Times. She has also spent time on a coffee plantation in Zambia and in the Middle East, and now lives and works in Devon, where she has raised two Arab horses. You can follow Belinda on Twitter at www.twitter.com/belindasea.