Five Star Review for Infidel’s Garden

Seasoned writers may be blasé about such things but as this is my  debut novel and my first review, I’m posting it here.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book! This is the kind of tale that gets into your head and keeps you thinking about it all the time. The kind of book you sit up to midnight reading promising yourself ‘just one more chapter, just one more.’ I read it over three nights (had to take a break to feed the family – drag) but the story and the characters are still running around in my head a week later. The main character, Marjit, is spunky and witty, the acerbic black dog that sits on her shoulder makes me laugh and cry, Pieter, her beloved, is upright, moral and dishy, and the sex scenes are steamy and poetic. The setting, Christian Holland after the Spanish Inquisition, is very well presented. It is a world completely alien to us today but the author brings it to all our senses – the sights, the smells, the fears, the horrors, and the delicate gentle corners where innocence is nurtured and encouraged to blossom. It’s a frightening place that can only be survived with the aid of love – the question is whether love can survive in such a place at all.
Hearty congrats to the author for a fantastic first full length novel and looking forward very much to the next.

Thanks to JoannaGoanna and all of you who have purchased/downloaded The Infidel’s Garden. I do hope you are also enjoying the book. If you have any questions or comments about the characters or story, please feel free to contact me on this site. I would love to hear from you!

I’m also well into The Seven Plagues of Love, so if you want to have a sneak peak of Pieter and Soheila’s next incarnation, please contact me and I’ll put you on my mailing list and send you some sample chapters once its ready.


Finally! It looks as though everything is up and running.     The Infidel’s Garden is now available across multiple eBook platforms including iBooks, Amazon Kindle and Kobo.

It’s free for a while on all sites except Amazon where it costs less than a cup of coffee (or at least a Sydney cup of coffee).

For a little taste of the book, here’s the link to the book trailer which has  been uploaded to Youtube.

The music is Prince Waldecks Galliard by Blackmore’s Night. The sources of the very-fiddled-with-artwork are mine and royalty-free images from Wikimedia Commons.


Here are links to the book.


iBooks – sorry I can’t work  this one out – you’ll have to do a hunt on your iPad. Author name and  book title will bring it up on the iBook store.



Barnes and Noble Nook

Thanks for taking the time to have a look. If you do read the book and enjoyed it, a review (on Goodreads, Amazon, iBooks etc)  would be wonderful and will make many people ( including this author)  happy.


My apologies for this – I’m having issues with the formatting on the Kindle version of The Infidel’s Garden ( no bold or italics!) which Amazon is looking into. Until then, my advice is to stick with the Smashwords version. I’ll set the book up on Goodreads and post the trailer once these issues have been addressed.


I’ve just finished publishing  The Infidel’s Garden  to   Smashwords and Kindle Direct. Once I know everything is up and running, I’ll follow this post up with a link to the trailer. At present, if you download through the Smashwords link, it’s FREE until March 31st. Enjoy!


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Ps If you really love it, please feel free to post a review. I have an account with Goodreads which will be updated once the book is fully available across all the eBook platforms.


Welcome to my website and thank you for taking time to visit.  My name is Ingrid Banwell and here, you’ll find pages and links to the things I like to paint and write about – nature, science, magic, alien life, technology, religion and other topics that intrigue, exasperate, and invoke heated arguments at dinner parties.

You’ll also notice some things aren’t quite complete. I’m currently blundering my way around WordPress, so come back in a week or so when I hope to have everything worked out.

Also keep an eye out here for news of the release of my first novel, The Infidel’s Garden, which will soon be available as an eBook. As soon as it’s ready, I’ll be advertising it and providing links to both the book and its trailer on this page. For a fuller synopsis, visit my books page.