Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding ~ My Thoughts

The Echoes of Love

The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 6th 2013 by London Wall Publishing 

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 about The Echoes of Love ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—'The clock struck midnight just as Venetia went past the grand eighteenth-century mirror hanging over the mantelpiece in the hall. Instinctively she gazed into it and her heart skipped a beat.'

I have always dreamed of going to Italy, and Venice in particular. It just seems like such a romantic, beautiful place to be. The Echoes of Love transported me there and it was a wonderful experience. I learned so much about the country, its customs, and its legends. 

Hannah Fielding writes such wonderful, descriptive passages that I immediately fell in love with Venice. I enjoyed the visuals that she created with her words, words that made me feel like I was a visitor of that great city and country. I actually listened to Italian music as I was reading the book, which made the experience just that more enjoyable. I felt like I was in that gondola, right along with Venetia and Paolo.

And speaking of Venetia and Paolo. I just have to say - wow, what a passionate love-hate relationship they had going on. There was definitely some strong chemistry going on between them, but everything was just so hard; so hard to move on, and so hard to believe that they could find happiness with each other. I really felt along that they should be together, if only they could just admit it to themselves and realize that it was meant to be.

The Echoes of Love is the first book of Hannah's that I have read and I am not sure why it took me this long to discover her books. Her beautiful prose and the fabulous setting in this book makes me want to read her other books so that I can once again be transported to an exotic location and to experience another beautiful love story. 

I received a copy of this book from JKS Commications 
and am voluntarily reviewing it.

About the Author

Hannah Fielding is 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: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

To date, Hannah has published four novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya, 1970; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in turn-of-the-millennium Italy; and books 1 and 2 of the Andalucian Nights trilogy, set in sultry Spain, entitled Indiscretion and Masquerade.

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