This is the story of Ved Sant, an Indian from Port of Spain, Trinidad - a ramshackle carnival culture which suddenly becomes oil and gas rich.
At an age when he might have been contemplating further education, Ved is forced to take charge of the family business. Breaking all the rules about how things should be done, Ved follows his instinctive impulses towards kindness, respect, generosity, creativity, and sees the company surgeforward.
But while success brings very tangible rewards, it also brings more than its share of heartache. Ved may be clear-sighted in his practical vision of the future, but he is unable to apply the lessons he has learned to his private life. And intense family pressures bind him tight when he needs to be free.
Ved is an attractive man, and very attractive to women. But he cannot keep the one he really loves.And, as his business flourishes, he finds himself sucked into a whirlpool of politics and corruption.
In her first novel, Niala Maharaj takes us on an exhilarating journey into an island Eden, wherenatural, ebullient innocence has a struggle to survive under the extreme pressures of commercial development. LIKE HEAVEN is a novel which pulsates with life, is rich in character and vibrant with the sounds, smells, colours and texture of the Caribbean.