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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Book Review - Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding

About The Book:

Set against the breathtaking beauty of Italy, The Echoes of Love is a passionate, heart-breaking romance to ignite the senses and rekindle your belief in the power of love.
Seduction, passion and secrets...

Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Venice to work in her godmother's architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone.
Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can't help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them.
When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but also a sinister count and dark forces in the shadows, determined to come between them.
Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo's carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

My Thoughts:

A type of exotic mystery surrounds the city of Venice, and it is beautifully and lovingly made the main character of author Hannah Fielding's latest book, "Echoes of Love."

Yes, there is a cast of human characters (who are very personable and charming as well) around which the story of lust, romance, and mystery revolve, but throughout the novel it is the mesmerizing background of Venice that took my breath away.  The charm, the history, the Carnival season, and all that water, make this city one of the destinations I desire to visit one day, and through her wonderful storytelling skills, Fielding takes her readers there through her words.

I absolutely enjoyed this story and highly recommend it to those who enjoy unusual locales for their romantic reading.

About The Author: (in her own words)

I grew up in a rambling house overlooking the Mediterranean. My half-French half-Italian governess Zula used to tell the most beautiful fairy stories. When I was seven we came to an agreement: for each story she told me, I would invent and tell her one of my own. That is how my love of writing began.

Later, at a convent school where French nuns endeavoured to teach us grammar, literature and maths, during lessons which bored me to tears I took to daydreaming and wrote short romantic stories to satisfy the needs of a fertile imagination. Having no inhibitions, I circulated them around the class, which made me very popular among my peers.

After I graduated with a BA in French literature from university, my international nomadic years started. I lived mainly in Switzerland, France and England, and holidayed in other Mediterranean countries like Italy, Greece and Spain. Once I met my husband, Nicholas, I settled in Kent and subsequently had little time for writing while bringing up two children and running my own business renovating rundown cottages.

Then, in my late fifties, I created room in my life for writing once more. Now, my husband and I spend half our time in our Georgian rectory in Kent and the rest in our home in the South of France, where I write overlooking breathtaking views of the ocean.

My first novel, Burning Embers, has been a work in progress for many years. It is set in Africa - my homeland - and is inspired by travels to Kenya. I am currently working on books set in Spain and Italy, which is a wonderful excuse to travel often and drink in passionate cultures and beautiful landscapes.

Check out more about Hannah and her writing at www.hannahfielding.net

My thanks to the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I love the sound of this one. There's something about Venice that intrigues me and the cover just draws me right in.