Author: Hannah Fielding
Publisher: London Wall Publishing
Publish Date: December 6, 2013
Source: I received the copy from the author; however, this did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book?:
- You're a romance fan.
- You're an armchair traveler.
From Goodreads.com: "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 Two Cents:
"The Echoes of Love" is the story of Venetia, named for the gorgeous Italian city, who is trying to rebuild her life in Venice. One night she is rescued by Paolo, a man who intrigues her instantly. This chance meeting sets off a series of events that will change Venetia. This book is a romance with an absolutely fantastic setting!
I liked the love story between Venetia and Paolo. Their relationship is definitely tumultuous but it made for a pretty good ride for me. I did wish that we got to see more of a build-up and some background and motive as to why they fell for each other and why they fell so quickly. The story eventually evens out and the story between Venetia and Paolo definitely gets interesting. You get to begin to see how this relationship is so consuming and so intoxicating.
The book's setting really made this book for me. I visited Venice on my honeymoon and had a chance to get out to Tuscany like Venetia does and I loved it. The setting almost becomes another character in this book, which I really adored. This book is going to be such a treat for my fellow armchair travel lovers. Fielding really adds a lot of neat little details to bring the setting to life, which this reader totally appreciated.
Overall, this was good romance set in a truly beautiful place!