In ancient Greece, one of the twelve laboursof Heracles was to bring back a goldenapple from the Garden of Hesperides.To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joininga team of Greek divers on the island ofHelios seems like the golden apple of herdreams.
Yet the dream becomes a nightmarewhen she meets the devilish owner ofthe island, Damian Lekkas. In shockedrecognition, she is flooded with thememory of a romantic night in a stranger’sarms, six summers ago. A very differentman stands before her now, and Orielsenses that the sardonic Greek autocratis hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her.
As they cross swords and passions mount,Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watchher from the shadows. Dark rumours arewhispered about the Lekkas family. Whatdangers lie in Helios, a bewitching landwhere ancient rituals are still enacted toappease the gods, young men risk theirlives in the treacherous depths of the IonianSea, and the volatile earth can erupt at anymoment?
Will Oriel find the hidden treasures sheseeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catchup with them, threatening to engulfthem both?
|Publisher:||London Wall Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 7.68(h) x 1.80(d)|
About the Author
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, 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 five previous novels, beginning with Burning Embers.
Hannah’s books have won various awards, including Best Romance for Indiscretion at the USA Best Book Awards. She has also won Gold Medal for romance at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (The Echoes of Love), and Gold and Silver Medals for romance at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (Indiscretion and Masquerade).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am not going to lie. This book was a trial for me to get through. This whole book takes place within approximately a week (besides the prologue portion), this book also happens to be around 450 pages. 300 of the 450 were dedicated to the first 2 days of the couple being around each other. Now that could be a good or bad thing. For me, it was bad due to how much detail was throughout those pages as well as all the rest of the story. Once you describe a person I do not think you have to do so, again, another 5 times. If it were not for the long drawn out details this book may have held my attention because the plot itself had some great points. But where the beginning was slow the end seemed extremely rushed when it did not need to be. Overall the writer created a good plot line, but the details were to much and the pacing of the book was extremely off. ~A Book obsessed chicks review team selection.
Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Aphrodite's Tears by Hannah Fielding is a historical romance novel taking place in the 1970s in Greece. Oriel Anderson, an archaeologist from England, arrives on the island of Helios, having been offered a job excavating a wreck off the coast of the picturesque isle. What she doesn’t know is that the man who has hired her, Damian Lakkas, is not entirely unknown to her. The pair had shared a night of passion on a beach years prior, when Oriel was originally traveling in Greece. However, the carefree man she knew has changed somehow. Still, Oriel is drawn to him, and has an inexplicable desire to peel back the layers of the years to find the man she remembers. With dark rumors and hidden pasts encircling the Lakkas family, will Oriel uncover more than just a sunken ship? Or will old passions flame anew and revive the man she once knew? Aphrodite's Tears by Hannah Fielding truly was a joy to read. I am a fan of Nora Roberts and I found the story line reminiscent of her earlier works, such as The Reef. I was swept away instantly by the characters, driven by a need to read on and uncover all the secrets of the Lakkas family. Miss Fielding has been impeccable in her research, and it shows in the way she describes Greece, the archaeological digs, and the culture of the people on the island. She provides the right amount of tension between Oriel and Damien, whetting our appetites for more, only to pull back again and leave the reader groaning at the stubbornness of the two characters. This was certainly a novel meant to be slowly devoured, and I will definitely look for more works by this author in the future!
"Aphrodite's Tears" tells the love story of Oriel and Damian. He is the owner of the (fictional) island of Helios, where there are many archaeologically interesting sites, and she was hired by him to investigate a potentially sensational wreck together with a team. Oriel would like their relationship to stay strictly professional, but she and Damian spent a night together a few years ago and the chemistry between them is still very strong, even if she does not necessarily want it to be. As in the "Andalucían Nights" series, the author's writing style is again appealing, and her descriptions of the landscape are truly visually stunning. Because of that, it was very easy to imagine being in Greece with the characters and examining the shipwreck or other architecturally important sites with them. The story takes place in the 1970s on a small island that is dominated by agriculture and fishing and this becomes obvious because of the mentality that many of the Greek men share; for our times, it seems to be a little backwards, especially in relation to the place of women in society. This portrayal is probably authentic and as Oriel, who is English and used to more freedoms, is often discussing this very topic and gets treated respectfully most of the time, it didn't bother me too much. I really liked the insights into Greek culture and, above all, the prominent role of mythology; no gods or mythical creatures appear, but there are some parallels to the narratives in the plot, and the beliefs in the old gods still seem to be present. Since I am very interested in Greek mythology, I found this aspect fascinating. The main characters were both likeable, although Damian's motivations remain a mystery for a long time since the reader only gets small glimpses into his mind. I also liked the love story itself. From the very beginning it is obvious that the protagonists share a strong connection and that they are drawn to each other beyond the physical attraction. I liked the fact that Oriel doubted whether feelings that developed so fast could be real and that she was unsure about the apparent depth of their relationship because it made the romance more realistic for me. In addition, they also spend a lot of time together outside of their shared work, so it's safe to say that they got to know each other well and that they built a lot of trust regardless of the short amount of time they knew each other. Therefore, the close bond between them was believable to me. The obstacles that came in their way were logical and did not seem to be constructed, though I have to say that there were a few problems too many, even if each one was consistent with the characters and their situation. Above all, I understood Oriel's insecurity about his personality and his relations with other women, since they have objectively only gotten to know each other recently. It is therefore understandable that she can be influenced by the words of others. The misunderstandings were well written and I liked that it was addressed when one of them behaved badly or in a particularly negative way, as such behaviour is overlooked in some books. All in all, I liked "Aphrodite's Tears" a lot. The author tells a beautiful, atmospherical love story and I particularly liked how cleverly she integrated Greek mythology into her plot.
This is the first story that I’ve read by this author and it certainly won’t be the last – I loved it! It is one of the most well written, memorable and enthralling stories I’ve read, a brilliant contemporary second-chance romance with an intriguing mix of Greek mythology, archaeology, mystery and suspense all served up in a superbly crafted, epic love story. The setting is the fictional Greek island of Helios, the community there, their attitudes, expectations, celebrations and myths are all brought to life within the pages of the book. There are many well developed characters who have significant roles in the story – but I’m only going to say that I’d have loved to meet some of them and definitely avoided others! No names, I don’t want to give away any spoilers! The story is a contemporary one involving the exploration of archaeological sites on land and in the sea as well as an exploration of Greek island lifestyle, one where modern day aspirations have failed to oust traditional practices and attitudes. The spellbinding story is one that I really didn’t want to put down, a real page turner with characters it is easy to relate to and a real pleasure to escape into. It is filled with unease, angst and turmoil as it becomes clear that enemies are around, but who are they and what are their intentions? The romance isn’t straightforward either! With their past making both wary, relationships with others also intervening and perils threatening, this is a story filled with extras – from the interesting facts and shared mythological stories to the use of Greek terms (always explained without detracting from the flow of the writing). This is a story that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. My first move after finishing it was to go buy myself another book by this author! I requested and received a copy of this novel and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.