Monday, February 15, 2016

February Fiesta Blog Tour with Hannah Fielding


Today I’m excited to participate in the awesome February Fiesta Blog Tour with Hannah Fielding. For this blog tour I read 'Masquerade' by Hannah Fielding. This is the second book I read by this author and let me tell you her books are amazing. Find out more about ‘Masquerade’ and Hannah Fielding here today. And don’t forget to enter the awesome Giveaway.


About 'Masquerade':


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26019431-masquerade
From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun.

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy's double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
August 6th 2015
Series:
Andalucian Nights #2
Genre:
Contemporary Romance
Pages:
442
Formats:
Paperback, Audio, eBook
Available at:
 

A Glimpse of Masquerade:


In the still of the night, under a velvet sky studded with stars like diamonds and a bright golden moon hanging in the heavens like a big porcelain saucer, Leandro rode to L’Estrella, holding Luz to him on his jet-black stallion. The sea was quiet, the air soft with an all-pervasive smell of iodine and seaweed. They made their way, corkscrewing along the empty cobbled backstreets of Cádiz that snaked uphill to the top of the cliffs. There, L’Estrella lay; the focal point of an enchanting setting, a tiny jewel-like circular house in calm seclusion, halfway between fascinating reality and a mirage. Its whitewashed walls gleamed almost luminous under the full moon and a faint breeze whispered through the cluster of almond trees fringing the entranceway.

The house was dark. Luz was still asleep – the concoction must have been strong, his mother perhaps a little heavy-handed with the herbs. Leandro was perplexed: no one seemed to be waiting up for her. The lights were off but the front gate was wide open. He quietly steered Ventarrón to a Holm oak in the courtyard. Carefully leaning Luz forward against the stallion’s mane and holding on to her with one hand, he slid to the ground. With the other, Leandro tied the horse to the trunk of the tree and then carried the young woman into the hacienda.

 The grounds of the villa were all steps and corners, arches and angles, linked by patios and punctuated by sweet-smelling shrubs and orchard trees. He walked up to the house and circled round it: the place seemed deserted. Gently hitching Luz closer to him, he searched her pockets for a key, but there was none – it must have spilled out with the fall. He was toying with the idea of taking her back to camp when he noticed, in the light of the moon, Zeyna grazing on one of the expanses of grass at the edge of the garden. The creature lifted its head and regarded Leandro for a few moments as horses do before lowering it again to the ground. ‘Well, at least the mare is back,’ he muttered to himself.

As he turned with Luz in his arms a veranda draped in wisteria caught his eye, flanked by a handsome flight of stone steps. He climbed to the top of them and was relieved to find a French window slightly ajar. Nudging it open with his foot, he gazed into the moonlit room. It was a bedroom – Luz’s bedroom by the look of it. He walked in.

She was still fast asleep against his shoulder. He laid her carefully on the bed and slowly removed her riding boots. He spotted a blanket neatly folded on a chest next to the window and gently tucked it around her. For a moment he stood there, feasting his eyes on the ripe perfection of his Sleeping Beauty. Her eyes were closed, her mouth pink, and thick dark lashes feathered against her pale face. She was lovely, but unconscious and remote. What would she, a rich gajo, say if she woke to find that he had brought her home and was standing in her bedroom alone with her? What had she thought of him when she had looked his way? She fascinated him. He stretched out a cautious hand and touched her silky black hair. A slight frown creased his brow and he hesitated, then stooped and gently, ever so gently, brushed her soft, parted lips with a kiss. There was a hint of worship in his caress.

My Review:


Almost a year ago I read my first book by Hannah Fielding called ‘The Echoes of Love’. I was immediately enchanted by her almost poetic way of writing. Due to my very busy reading schedule I haven’t been able to read more of her books. So when the February Fiesta blog tour invite came along, I decided to see it as fate. I cleared out my reading schedule so I could review ‘Masquerade’ for my tour stop. ‘Masquerade’ is the second book in the Andalucian Nights Trilogy but can be read as a standalone.

Fate had not yet lit up the winding pathway of her life nor the echoes of history along it, but now, in front of this stranger, a disturbing awareness leapt into flame deep inside her and began to flicker intensely.”

Sigh.. There really is something special about Hannah Fielding’s writing. When I started reading ‘Masquerade’ I was soon completely pulled into the romantic and poetic way Hannah Fielding writes her stories. Although the beginning was a little slow, it soon became impossible to stop reading. The sentences Hannah writes are just so beautiful and they made this book so much more romantic. I honestly couldn’t put ‘Masquerade’ down, and although there are 442 pages.. I read this one in just one day.  

‘Masquerade’ is the story of Luz de Rueda, a twenty four year old woman who returns to her homeland Spain after living in England for the last couple of years. Luz is a beautiful, passionate and kind woman. At times a little naïve.. but definitely a great main character. It was easy to love Luz. And I loved the way she loved so passionately.
The two male characters the rich businessman Andrés de Calderón, and the young gypsy Leandro are definitely two handsome, toe-curling man I couldn’t get enough of. I loved reading about these two very different and charismatic man. And although I expected what was going on with these two early on, there were still enough secrets and passionate moments to keep me wanting to keep on reading.   

The romance between Luz and Andrés and Leandro was just so pure and beautiful. I really felt those butterflies while reading about their story. And before you decide you don’t want to read this book because of the two male characters and you’re not into the love triangles.. Trust me when I say you just have to read this book and let all those reservations go.. This is an amazing, and beautiful love story and you just have to read it.

And although I haven’t been to Spain myself, I’ve always had this interest in this country and the passionate Spanish people. So since this book takes place in Spain, it definitely made this read even more fascinating to me. I loved the scenes where the characters where enjoying the beautiful Spanish beaches. It definitely made the cold Dutch evenings a little warmer.

If you haven’t read a book by Hannah Fielding before, this is your change. Her books are beautiful and just so romantic, you’ll never want them to end! It’s a promise!

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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 passionate, evocative novels: Burning Embers, a ‘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 books 1 and 2 of the Andalusian Nights trilogy, set in sultry Spain, entitled ‘Indiscretion’ and ‘Masquerade’. She is currently working on her fifth book, Legacy, which will publish this spring.

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

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you very much for hosting me, and for taking the time to read and review Masquerade. Hannah x

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    1. You're very welcome Hannah. It was a great read and I couldn't get enough!

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