Gregory Hills author pens romance novel set in Camden

Proud local: Camden's cafes, laneways and quaint main street inspired Michelle Montebello's second novel. Picture: Supplied.
Proud local: Camden's cafes, laneways and quaint main street inspired Michelle Montebello's second novel. Picture: Supplied.

Camden’s quiet streets and idyllic country side inspired Michelle Montebello’s latest romance novel.

A House of Lies is the second book in Ms Montebello’s Belle Series which follows main character Belle Hamilton’s quest for love.

The Gregory Hills resident said Camden landmarks featured heavily in the book.

“In A House of Lies, Argyle Street is featured in the first few chapters – in particular the restaurants, cafés, laneways and arcades, as I think they all have such intriguing character,” she said.

“Camden Valley Way and the green fields near Cowpasture Bridge are referenced too.

“Camden on a whole is described in the book as lovely and sedate, with quaint streets and historical homesteads.

“It is a place that is therapeutic and recuperative, which the main character Belle escapes to after a terrible tragedy occurred in her life.”

Ms Montebello said Camden was full of inspiration.

“Camden is timeless and romantic, so it was very easy to imagine that Belle would want to move there after the tragic events of the first book, Interwoven,” she said.

“I love that Camden can continue to surprise me – a simple turn down a cobbled lane or back road has the potential to transport me in time.”

The books also features Sydney, Rome, Paris and the Scottish Highlands – putting Camden in good company.

Ms Montebello said writing had been a lifelong passion.

She hoped readers would connect with the story through their own personal experiences.

“Without giving too much away, I love Belle and Andrea’s scenes together,” Ms Montebello said.

“I think they have such potential as a couple and their love withstands the challenges of a long-distance relationship.

“Book three, Beneath the Pepper Tree, sees this relationship develop completely. That book will be released later this year.”

Ms Montebello said she had received a lot of support from local readers.

“I’d like to send a heartfelt thanks to the Camden community who have been extremely supportive,” she said.

“I love when local readers contact me and provide feedback – I have gotten to know some amazing people through my books.”

To buy the books, visit michellemontebello.com.au or head into your bookstore.

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