About the book:
Title: Indiscretion (Andalucían Nights #1)
Author: Hannah Fielding
Published: pril 9th 2015 by London Wall Publishing
Source: received from the author, in exchange for 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 ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?
There are so many things to discuss when it comes to “Indiscretion”, starting with how amazing this book looks and finishing with the lovely story it contains. I have loved every page! Being a lover of all things Spanish, it was quite predictable I would enjoy it.
When it comes to the content, the blurb says it all. It is a combination of fighting for love and finding oneself in the process. Alexandra de Falla goes in search for her Andalucían roots and answers an invitation from her father to meet her grandmother, the terrifying Doña Maria Dolores de Rueda. Little did she expect to find a more than welcoming old lady but a not so thrilled half-mother and sister. But she finds her strength and determination in the love she quickly starts to feel for her step-cousin Salvador. What they share reminded me a little about “Pride and Prejudice”, because both characters almost lost to their strong tempers. Without insisting too much on this, I can simply tell you this is an amazing combination of strong characters, a dash of mystical and great amount of intrigue.
All I can say is that with the Salvadores of this world, life is wonderfully exciting and full of the unexpected
Other than the story (of which I already stated it is fabulous!), we can experience an unbelievable trip to different cities in Andalucía. The way the author described those places is so vivid, so full of appreciation and respect for history and tradition. The book is full of descriptive paragraphs that may tire some of the readers, but I loved them all. I love Spain, I spent some time in Catalonia and I did my best to experience it. Since Andalucía is so different, I welcomed the voyage with open arms.
The truth can sometimes be slow to reveal itself. The sun sets every night but returns the next day. El tiempo es un gran curador, time is a great healer. Is it not said that he is a great master who solves many things?”
These two items (great story and incredible excursion in a lovely part of Spain) are topped with local legends and wisdom. The Spanish language is present as well, flowing like a melody, linking all the chapters!
I am so honored to have this book as a printed version, courtesy of the author. I’ve gained here not only an amazing book, but as well a free ticket to parts of Spain I have not yet discovered in person and an incursion in local history and legends. Suffice to say I loved every page and I look forward to more from the de Fallas!
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 five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalucian Nights trilogy (Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy), set in sultry Spain.