The Auction Trilogy: a Romance

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Dumped at the altar and left without a home, Rosie Xalbadora takes a job as a governess at the edge of the Australian outback. There she meets Pippa Bristow, a sensitive child who copes with her parent's bitter divorce by escaping into a magical world of fairy queens and unicorns, and her enigmatic father, Adam, a man willing to endure whatever he must to keep his daughter safe from his ex-wife. More

Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf lrf pdb txt html

First 10% Sample: mobi (Kindle) lrf pdb Online Reader
About Anna Erishkigal

Anna Erishkigal is an attorney who writes fantasy fiction under a pen-name so her colleagues don't question whether her legal pleadings are fantasy fiction as well. Much of law, it turns out, -is- fantasy fiction. Lawyers just prefer to call it 'zealously representing your client.'
Seeing the dark underbelly of life makes for some interesting fictional characters. The kind you either want to incarcerate, or run home and write about. In fiction, you can fudge facts without worrying too much about the truth. In legal pleadings, if your client lies to you, you look stupid in front of the judge.
At least in fiction, if a character becomes troublesome, you can always kill them off.

Read Anna Erishkigal's Smashwords Interview
Learn more about Anna Erishkigal
About the Series: Song of the River
The Song of the River series weaves the fate of wounded people with Australian Aboriginal myth...

Also by This Author

Also by This Publisher


jules103 reviewed on Oct. 3, 2015

This book started out slow and somewhat repetitive. (How many times does the protaganist need to comment on the attractiveness of her boss?)

But about half-way through it sped up where I felt that I, along with the characters, was on a roller coaster. I cried several times.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Dale Amidei reviewed on Nov. 6, 2014

I was privileged to receive an advance reading copy of “The Auction” to review. Even more than is reflected in its rating, which earned an easy five stars, this is a very special novel.

Easily twice to three times the length of a typical example in its genre, Erishkigal’s initial foray into Sweet Romance avoids becoming ponderous. Rather, the richness of the experience, with masterful description, setting, and characterization, becomes luxuriant … the literary equivalent of a soaking bath with bubbles and candles.

The story of Adam Bristow, his daughter Pippa, and incoming tutor Rosie Xalbadora invokes shadows of Jane Eyre, with Erishkigal’s flair for complex story line and a rich supporting structure of subplot. Emotions encountered along the way are evoked honestly and diverse, as in the best and worst of what one experiences when outside the pages of such a masterfully crafted tale.

This is the story of a father, Adam, who will endure what he must for the sake of his daughter. Pippin, who escapes in fantasy as she can, is transfixed in a bitter custody dispute. Rosie finds herself thrust into their conflicts and hopes while she deals with managing her own, forced to remain at a distance under the roof of a man to whom she is increasingly attracted. Every character is distinct, emotive, and artfully presented. Instead of reading this novel, one experiences it from beginning to end, hanging on through wave after wave in an eddying current that builds to the roil of a tempest and from there to a perfect storm of emotion.

“The Auction” is satisfying, inspiring, heart-rending, and epic. You should grant yourself the pleasure of this read as a standard of comparison once you unwillingly reach “The End.”
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Report this book