Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: Indiscretion @fieldinghannah

TITLE: Indiscretion
SERIES: Andalucian Nights #1
AUTHOR: Hannah Fielding
RELEASE DATE: April 9th 2015 
PUBLISHER: London Wall Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

A young woman's journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.
Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.
Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.
Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra's destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?
"Indiscretion"is a story of love and identity, and the clash of idealsin the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

HANNAH FIELDING was born and grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, the granddaughter of Esther Fanous, a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s. Upon graduating with a BA in French literature from Alexandria University she travelled extensively
throughout Europe and lived in Switzerland, France and England. 

After marrying her English husband, she settled in Kent and subsequently had little time for writing while bringing up two children, looking after dogs and horses, and running her own business renovating rundown cottages. 

Hannah now divides her time between her homes in Kent and the South of France.

She has written four novels, Indiscretion and Masquerade (the first two titles in the Andalucían Nights Trilogy), Burning Embers, and The Echoes of Love, which won the Gold Medal for Romance at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Silver Medal for
Romance at the 2014 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book Awards.

Hannah is currently working on her new book, Legacy, the final title in the trilogy, which is due to be published in Spring 2016.

She is a member of the association Romance Writers of America (RWA) and her website and blog can be found at

‘Indiscretions’ is the story of Alexandra a young woman who decided to embrace her half Spanish heritage and goes visit her father’s family in Spain. Set in the fifties, this is a story about a colorful, passionate and traditional culture and a woman who in the middle of it all, has to discover herself and love.

This romance is about more than love, it’s about the choices we make to be the person we want. The characters have to discover what they really want and how far they are willing to go if happiness is the prize. It deals with the conflict that comes when different cultures collide and how destiny can be tricky at times.

The story has a fast rhythm and despite its length (the paperback has more than 400 pages) the words flow by quickly and the story drags you into its deepness and it’s hard to let go. The richness of the writing makes it even better.

Alexandra is a nice character because she has a real personality and becomes a tridimensional character. Her flaws and strengths make her sound even more real and you can understand her doubts and actions. Salvador is a mysterious character at first but once the story unravels, we discover a man driven by the sense of duty, loyalty and honesty above all. He is a powerful man, handsome and hard not to love. All of him is consuming not only for Alexandra but for the readers as well.

The author managed to capture the passion and intensity of the Spanish people. As a Spanish descendent I can assure you everything she says about them is true. Her words consume your soul and take you to a place where emotions are skin deep and it’s easy to get lost in the feelings and the story.

I have to talk about the sexual tension and the constant latent passion. This is not an erotic book but the physical attraction between the characters is a major ingredient of the story. It was overwhelming for moments and if it’s was hard for them to live with it, imagine how hard is for the reader that is waiting to know what comes next.

Overall, Indiscretion is an excellent romance book and I’m looking forward to read the next book.

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