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Book blog tour stop: Beyond the Hills

Macia Durus, daughter of the well known Brutus Durus AMP, works hard to achieve a life of honour and prestige in her beloved Elabi. When a so-called “friend” challenges her priorities, Macia’s confusion threatens her carefully constructed plans. And her decision to investigate a forbidden book could have serious consequences for Macia as well as her family, turning their lives upside down.

About the author:

Maressa Mortimer is Dutch but lives in the beautiful Cotswolds, England with her husband and four (adopted) children. Her debut novel, Sapphire Beach, was published December 2019, and her first self published novel, Walled City, came out on December 5th 2020, followed by Viking Ferry, a novella. Beyond the Hills is the second book in the Elabi Chronicles, and will be released on June 18th 2021.

Maressa is a homeschool mum as well as a pastor’s wife, so her writing has to be done in the evening when peace and quiet descend on the house once more. She loves writing Christian fiction, as it’s a great way to explore faith in daily life.


Beyond the Hills by Maressa Mortimer is set in a world where emotion is frowned upon. Showing any can get you reported and sent for a spot of re-education. I haven't read book one in this series so missed the Elabi world-building - I would recommend you start at the beginning. Having said that, it is relatively easy to pick up the gist of it all from book 2.

The writing style is easy to read and the story flows well. Macia Durus' journey is progressive from staunch Elabi citizen committed to not having friends to a person ready to explore life, relationships, and society at a deeper level through reading strange historical texts on scraps of precious paper.

You can read more about Maressa's books at


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