Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding

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"Ever since she could remember, Venice in moonlight had held a strange magical power over her." -Hannah Fielding, The Echoes of Love

I don't think I could do justice to this book so I'm just going to copy the synopsis from Goodreads.

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?

The writing in this book was fabulous! It really drew the reader in, capturing their attention. It was just really good, and I couldn't stop reading. Hannah Fielding was descriptive without it being all about the looks of people. She also described personalities in a truly unique fashion. 

The plot was interesting, kept things going. Although I occasionally saw things coming but not how they came about. So while the end point was at least somewhat visible(or hoped for) the path was hidden and fun to walk.

For the most part, we are only given Venetia's thoughts. This adds lots of mystery and intrigue to Paolo. Because even though we do get several short periods with Paolo and his thoughts, it doesn't clear things up as much as adds to his mystery a bit. 

The Echoes of Love takes it's time establishing characters and working on the plot. The interactions between characters were amusing and fun for the most part while still having occasional depth and darkness to them.

All my questions were eventually answered and the ending was beautiful. It brought the book to a nice, final conclusion. 

I enjoyed reading The Echoes of Love and if you enjoy romance than it would certainly be a book for you. 

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