Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Review 'The Echoes of Love' by Hannah Fielding
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 Review:

A while ago, Hannah Fielding approached me with the question if I wanted to read and review her book ‘The Echoes of Love’. Since I’m a big romance lover I was super excited about this book after reading the book description. And when I received the book and saw the beautiful cover I wanted to start reading this book immediately. So when the time came to start reading this book I was so curious and excited.

‘The Echoes of Love’ is the story of Venetia Aston-Montagu, an twenty eight year old English woman living in the romantic city of Venice. Although this sounds like a fairy tale, Venetia wasn’t looking for love. She loves Venice and the beautiful history of the city, but since her first love broke her heart almost ten years ago, Venetia wasn’t a fan of men and romance. But one night, she meets Paolo Barone a handsome thirty eight year old with a reputation of being a Don Juan. Everything about Paolo makes Venetia want to run and hide. But Paolo doesn’t give up fast and soon Venetia find herself being under his spell. But there are a lot of secrets between them and since life hasn’t been easy on both of them they most conquer a lot to be with each other.

‘The Echoes of Love’ is unlike any other book I read. Hannah Fielding’s writing is like reading poetry. Her writing is very detailed and almost feels like your reading a book written in the Jane Austen era, although it takes place in the present. The way Hannah Fielding writes makes you able to almost ‘feel’ Venice, and the beautiful canals and bridges. I loved the way Hannah described Venice and Italy throughout this book. It definitely made me want to visit Italy and the beautiful towns.
Not only does Hannah describe the beautiful city but she also, very thoroughly, describes the Italian food. And boy did she make me hungry for Italian food.

The story of Venetia and Paolo was very beautiful. I loved reading about them and the way Paolo tried to woo Venetia. At times I found Venetia a little irritating because she just kept resisting and denying her own feelings. Of course I understood why she acted that way, I just wanted to tell her to stop being so difficult at times! (LOL)
This book was a beautiful love story. There is also a little mystery in this book and there are a lot of secrets. The one thing I found a little disappointing about this book was that I figured out early on what was going on. It made the revelation at the end of the book not as exciting as it was supposed to be.

But still, this book was an beautiful and very interesting read and I would definitely recommend it. Hannah Fielding’s writing is explicit and I can’t wait to read more from her. And a nice bonus, this book makes you learn a little Italian! ;) 

My Rating:


About the Author:

Hannah Fielding is a novelist, a dreamer, a traveller, a mother, a wife and an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: she writes full time, splitting her time between her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean. 

Her first novel, Burning Embers, is a vivid, evocative love story set against the backdrop of tempestuous and wild Kenya of the 1970s, reviewed by one newspaper as ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’. Her new novel, The Echoes of Love, is a story of passion, betrayal and intrigue set in the romantic and mysterious city of Venice and the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. 

For more information about Hannah Fielding and her books please visit her website, Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

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