To save her marriage, pampered and spoilt Julia enters Hillis Academy, a marital correctional institute where clothing is a privilege earned and misbehavior brings punishment.
Throughout her life, Julia has been treated as a princess, spoiled by well-off, controlling parents. They granted her slightest wish, whether it was cars, clothing, or a catamaran on the Côte d’Azur. Now a suburban housewife with two children, a mortgage, and a hardworking husband, life isn’t going as planned.
Julia is still spoiled, still selfish, and still dreaming, but instead of a romantic life of leisure, she’s reduced to reading about knights errant, adventure, romance, and even sex, while ignoring her real-world problems: her marriage is adrift, her husband is alienated, her children squabble, and her parents demand she divorce. Julia wants escape.
Beset with dead-end decisions, Julia accepts an ultimatum from her husband: a three-week marriage retreat. She doesn’t realise their escape is to a remote castle in the British Isles, where sex education is by surrogate, discipline is paramount, and clothing is a privilege earned.
Julia finds herself cast in the adventure of her life, thrust into exploring the depths of her heart, the mysteries of sex, and ultimately an intrigue that threatens everything she holds dear.
73 000 words; cover: Philippa Rice