Eliyahu's Mistress is the engrossing debut novel by Roger Mendelson, a Melbourne lawyer and businessman.
Set in present day Melbourne, the book is a seductive love story about Steven, a dynamic marketing man, Jewish but not religious, and Frances, a middle-aged practising Catholic woman who lives in the Dandenong Ranges.
When Steven begins developing a new business strategy for an established chain of Church-run op-shops, he quickly forms a strong working relationship with Frances, one of its board members.
Frances lives a life shaped by nature, her religion and the seasons. It provides her with contentment and a deep spiritual dimension.
The bedrock of their growing bond is the conversations they engage in as they learn more about each other through religion, history and the relationships that have defined them.
Both Steven and Frances maintain a steady control on their relationship with Frances experiencing a sexual awakening and Steven finding himself increasingly at odds with her deep spirituality.
Even as their relationship becomes more and more intense, their time together is heading towards an unexpected and dramatic finish.
Sid Harta Publishing
Author: Roger Mendelson