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The Echoes of Love
     

The Echoes of Love

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by Hannah Fielding
 

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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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780992671839
Publisher:
Andrews UK LTD.
Publication date:
12/06/2013
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet 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, looking after dogs and horses, and running her own business renovating rundown cottages. Hannah now divides her time between her homes in England, Ireland 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. Hannah’s books have won various awards including, 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). Indiscretion has also won Best Romance at the USA Best Book Awards.

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The Echoes of Love 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Jan_Romes More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a fast-paced book to read during your lunch hour, this is not it. The Echoes of Love is a love story to be read slowly and savored. Ms. Fielding's eloquent style of writing and choice of exotic location (Italy) made this a joy to read. This story is rich with description and I was able to get a solid grasp of the characters, setting, and language. Paolo and Venetia's journey to love is heartwarming but it's also filled with plenty conflict -- their pasts and the strong secondary characters that try to keep them apart. Kudos to Ms. Fielding for the surprise twist. In my humble opinion, The Echoes of Love is worthy of becoming a classic.
MzRia More than 1 year ago
The Way I See It The Echoes of Love was a beautiful and tragic telling of a great love story. I loved the characters Venetia and Paolo their chemistry was electrifying. I have to be honest when I say this wasn’t exactly the read for me. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the romance very much! It was everything else that proved to be distracting and took away from the heart of the romance. If you speak Italian and or have ever been, I can see this being a favorite or a must read. Heck, even if you know a lot about Venice I could see this being right up your alley. I however do not speak Italian and may know some about art and Italy but not enough to fully appreciate Ms. Fielding’s work the way it deserves. There were A LOT of Italian phrases(translated in English right away BUT) I felt like it pulled me from the story…I would try to read the sentence out loud and whether or not I pronounced it correctly would weigh on my mind.every.time. Thus interrupting the flow for me…If I spoke Italian? It would’ve been a totally different ball game. If there were only a few Italian phrases during crucial moments it would’ve enhanced the reading, but it was almost every time someone spoke. I also could’ve gone with a little less description. All and all even though I had a feeling about the end and was right, I really enjoyed the way everything came full circle.  T-ime, so much has passed yet Venetia’s heart has not healed. H-elp, caught in a moment of panic Venetia is saved by an enigmatic stranger. E-nchanted, Paolo has never quite seen eyes like Venetia’s they hold something and he will do what it takes to find out exactly what. E-vade, Venetia has no time or desire to be with a man yet she finds the pull towards Paolo confusing. C-hallenge Paolo knows he must get closer to Venetia so he will do what it takes. H-ope, Venetia seems to quell the nightmares Paolo is drawn to her in an unimaginable way. O-pportunity, the Count keeps bothering Venetia at every yet she continues to turn him away. E-lude, Venetia has so many thoughts of Paolo she knows she must stay away. S-inister, a proposal for marriage turns dubious and Venetia is assaulted by a crazed man. O-ptions, Venetia was made an offer she tried to turn down but her firm had other ideas. F-urnishings, everything has been handled with such detail Venetia will let herself get swept away within the fairytale. L-ustful, an awful rival full of malice will prove to be no match for the powerful emotions Paolo and Venetia share. O-bsession, turns violent when two men will attempt to destroy one and other in the name of love. V-engeful, almost claimed by death and evil Paolo and Venetia will enjoy every moment life has to offer.  E-verlasting, haunting truths are revealed and these two lovers prove that fate and love can never be fought both will always find a way. Like I said good story, but I would have liked more resolution from the bad guys both antagonists kind of disappeared from the book and didn’t really seem like a challenge. The biggest challenge for these two lovers was themselves and their past. I enjoyed watching them break each other’s walls, and the chemistry they shared was off the charts. I liked the level of mystery, it was just right. Not overbearing but just the right amount to keep you guessing. Is he or isn’t he? Did she or didn’t she? I recommend this for fans of all things Italian and someone who speaks the language to maintain the steady flow of the writing. My Favs Venetia To some she may have come across and cold. To me she came across as passionate! I knew she had experienced some heartbreak but when we find out what it entailed my heart went out to her. I was able to understand how broken she had felt and how hard she had to work to put herself back together. It took years upon years and yet she still could only fathom one explanation. She was still in love, and that was a torment she carried daily. I loved her intelligence and dedication.  Paolo What a beautifully broken man. When he first lays eyes on Venetia he knows there is more there than he can explain. He is drawn to her unlike anything he has ever known. I admired his willingness to not break. Paolo faced a great tragedy and fought back from the abyss improving his world. He knows he must prove himself to Venetia she brings a sense of calm within the madness and a ray of light within the darkness. I fell in love because no matter the rumors and temptations he remained truthful and faithful in his heart. Finding love was written in the stars, there is no denying it. My Rating 3.0 Mugging, Hot Chocolate, Sinking City, Fire Works, Midnight Stroll, Sapphire Eyes, Chesnutt Hair, Kiss, Job, Intimate Assault, Crazed Girl, Roses, Forest, Brakes, Father, Letters, All encompassing Love filled stars! Like I said if you’re an all things Italy junkie then try out this read, it might fare better with you than it did with me!
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What a story.  Fielding somehow mixes description with narrative with information and background to create a complete whole.  The story is fully rounded and uniquely developed to provide all aspects to the reader.  At the same time, your imagination runs wild while you read this.  There is almost a mystical or ethereal quality to this story.  The author enchants you with her storytelling.  She also gives you chills with her storyline.  This is a brilliant mix of many styles and genres, yet the author seamlessly brings it all together into an unforgettable whole.   I really enjoyed the main characters in this tale.  I found myself both falling and rooting for them.  Watching their relationship develop from a chance meeting to a relationship was heart-warming and thought provoking.  The characters themselves are also quite genuine.  They’re the type of people that you want to get to know.  Also, the mix of English and Italian in their speech patterns makes them that much more enchanting.   As a whole, this was a very approachable love story that kept me on my toes. It’s also going to stay with me and haunt me for a while.  Could you just imagine?  I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance and foreign countries (unless you’re Italian, in which case ‘foreign countries’ doesn’t apply).   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
BrooklynBabe More than 1 year ago
Real Romance Echoes Here Netgalley provided an ARC for an honest review. I had never heard of Hannah Fielding. The truth is that what drew me to this book was the gorgeous cover. That alone gave flight to my imagination into all sorts of places. Readers, there is romance here and not the tacky kind. It is clean. It is sweet. It is affecting. It is swoon worthy – truly. If you’re the type that isn’t into heavy erotica and what that entails then you will enjoy The Echoes of Love. I, on the other hand, enjoy the heavy erotica and still enjoyed this one very much. Paolo Barone: “If I had it my way, I would take you to my palace in the moon, where the stars shine always bright, and the angels sing all night a beautiful lover’s hymn.” Venetia Aston-Montagu: “Her eyes were shut in wanton abandonment. Space and time disappeared as he moved inside her faster and faster, building up tension. Matching his rhythm, she was swept away as they danced together to a melody of a love that echoed inside her like the returning memory of a dream long forgotten.” How is that for a description of making love with Paolo?! It’s fabulously romantic is what it is. Venetia has had her heart broken in a way that she never cares to revisit love again. Ten years spent building a life in Venice working for her godmother’s architectural firm. It has been a “safe” existence. Her joy is in her work and in the beauty of the city which surrounds her. Until one night, Venetia is assaulted and rescued by a brave stranger – Paolo Barone. He flitters through her thoughts yet she continues to refuse the advances of this charming man. There is something about him. Something that echoes in her memory. He reminds her of someone she loved and lost. Yet there is no possibility that it could be him….so what is it that keeps drawing her to him. "What was it about this man that could in an instant melt her heart, to the extent that all reasoning, all coherence and all sanity could disappear just like that, at the snap of a finger?" (See what I mean?) Like the tides of the ocean, it is inevitable that these two beings fall in love. However, the road to love is not at all smooth. There is a beautiful rival who will stop at nothing to keep what she believes belongs to her. Unbeknownst to Paolo and Venetia dark forces have been working against them. They have been used as pawns in a cruel game of secrets and lies. Hannah Fielding’s writing is melodic. It is so beautifully descriptive that you can well imagine yourself gliding in a gondola with a handsome lover beside you. The twists and turns were a very nice touch. It kept the story from becoming predictable. Will the force of this love be strong enough to triumph against all. I invite you to find out for yourself.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I loved the detail of Italy, it is a place I always wanted to visit. I found her knowledge of Italy to be wonderful. She wrote a lovely book of romance, with a little mystery. One viewer wrote that she found it hard to believe Italy men would chase a women. Oh the best love stories are the ones that either the man or women keep saying NO, NO but win their love in the end. We men/women chasing the other sex all over the world on any given day. Italy is the land of romance more so then any other country. So I find this believable. I loved the book’s cover, it shows mystery and who doesn't love a little mystery in then romance. I enjoyed the read although I did find this book was a little too long with a little too much descriptions for me, I felt some of it could have been cut down to make it a better story. I did have a hard time getting into reading it and a little trouble throughout the book. I thought the ending was lovely and I loved the fact that two men were after her. I know some do not believe in love at first sight but for some this does happen, so I found this believable. All in all this was a nice, sweet read.
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
Received for an honest opinion The Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding was an interesting read. There were some parts that I really enjoyed and some parts I had a difficult time with. Venetia, our heroine, and Pablo, our hero, were difficult to understand at first. Their relationship was almost a little creepy. Paolo and Venetia meet when he rescues her from a mugging. He is very helpful and although she is appreciative of his help she is very leery of him. After this chance meeting they keep running into each other and he keeps trying to engage her. He asks her out, he offers her a ride, and he is basically telling her that he is interested. Venetia is very cautious with him. She does not trust or know him and she doesn’t seem to want to. As the story unfolds it becomes apparent why at first she is so hesitant but until that it almost feels like he is stalking her. This was the difficult part for me because I wasn’t sure how to feel about them. What kind of relationship was this? Venetia is also very guarded. When he asks her about her relationship status she flips on him and basically tells him it’s none of your business. Again, a little strange. The author is highly descriptive about basically everything. She goes into very great detail about Venice itself, which sounds beautiful. She gives many phrases in Italian, which also sounds beautiful, but as I was reading these extra description they seem to take up a lot of the story telling and it almost interrupted the flow of the story. Fielding also inserts a lot of different sayings from different people. For example, Paolo all of the sudden says a quote in English. It didn’t flow with the story, I don’t know many people that say random quotes off the top of their head. I think some readers would really enjoy this, I could have done with a little less of the above mentioned. Though the setting sounded beautiful there was and underlining tone of unease. There are definitely elements of a romance story here but I almost felt like this was more of women’s fiction just because Venetia is a bigger part of the story than anything else. Although the author gives us insight into why Venetia is so cautious, at times boarding on mean, I thought that it was a little too over the top and dramatic. Throughout the story there was an underlining tone of something quite not right and at the end the author gives away a big secret. The big secret at the end was a little bit of a disappointment for me… I didn’t find it believable. It did clear up for me why I had an unsettling feeling throughout the story though. Overall, this book was very original, I can honestly say that I never read anything like it. The author gives different points of view to help make the story more understandable. Any reader that enjoys learning about different countries, especially Italy, will really love this story because the author really helps you to experience the country and culture.
RomanceJunkie30 More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good, nice story and the scenery was awesome. If there was one thing I could do without that would be the fact it was a bit descriptive. I also found that it took me a while to warm up to the hero and the heroine. I was always waiting for the other shoe to fall and it did in a very surprising ending which I loved. I recommend this book.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This was a great book and loved the story. I really liked the way it was written: you got some mystery, betrayal, heartache, adventure, and love.
Shanrock19 More than 1 year ago
This book was really sweet and heartfelt. I was getting a little frustrated with Venetia, but I get where she was coming from. The Echoes of Love setting was interesting and added to the romance of the book. I guessed what the situation was from the beginning, but I still enjoyed getting to the finale. There are a couple things I would have liked to be a little different; I would of liked the ending not to have been so abrupt. It would have been nice to go more into what happened to the main characters. Also, I think the Allegra situation needed to be dealt with better. I still really liked this book though; I found it to be very sweet and romantic; a great story!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
The Echoes of Love. A story of secrets, tragedy and haunting love in Venice. Hannah Fielding I thought this novel sounded something different from the normal, run of the mill romance and I’m always looking for that. Well, it is just that – very different and yet with a haunting, melodic thread of romance running through, that grows and becomes a beautiful song by the end. Its hard to rate – there were parts such as the beautiful descriptions of the places and food that I loved. The scenes were so well portrayed that I felt I was there in Italy, there on the gondolas in Venice, despite never having been to the country. The foods too – I could see, smell and touch them mentally, and they really helped bring the novel alive. Its a very gentle slow start, so slow that I began to wonder where the story was going, but then found myself drawn into Venetia's world. I'd never thought of the intricacies of her job, I love historical objects and places, but hadn't realised that their preservation was so problematic, especially from a waterlogged place like Venice. I learned a lot from the way she described her job, and the talks she gave at the firms exhibition. Very interesting. I wanted to like her so much, its important to me to connect positively with the heroine. I did in a way, but then...I found that she was so insular, she kept people at bay so much at times I wanted to shake her and say “ stop that!” I realised her past made her self protective, but lots of people have been through something similar and learn to get over it and she had ten years to try. I thought she seemed to wallow in it sometimes – the “poor me” kept coming out. She was so rude too at times to poor Paolo, under that thin veneer of politeness. He was helping her, and then politely trying to ask her out, and she acted as if he was doing something shameful, impugning her honour! She blew hot and cold, all over him at one moment and then holding him back the next blaming him for her actions. She says he's erratic in his behaviour but I reckon the poor guy must have been very confused by her actions too. No wonder he took time over his pursuit, but thank goodness he persevered. I liked him, even when his secrets came out – and I thought he was the one that had the worst raw deal. I loved the way they danced around a romance and then when they did get together it was just so...fiery, strong sparks, so complete – it felt so right. Then at the end – well, I didn't see that coming and it meant I understood just where the beautiful title came from. A real fate love story and I was so pleased it all came together like that. So, what didn't I like – well, Venetia coldness, I think she used the past too much as an excuse, but I’ll forgive her as she did recognise that in time. I felt sometimes the romance was just too slow moving. I didn't like the way the Count just was so awful, rude, arrogant and pushy and yet never really got his just desserts, equally the way one particular part was hyped up, I expected it to be a spectacular firework discovery, loads of action and wickedness when it all came out and yet...it just fizzled out to nothing. No big reveal, no real drama and danger that I expected from the past talks and warnings, despite all the build-up – it was something that just came to a quick, unsatisfactory end. ARC supplied via Netgalley. Stars: well the beautiful scenery and descriptions were worth a five easily but sadly that let down of what I felt was going to be a major point brought it down to a four overall. Still a good, riveting read, just that I felt let down by the anti climax of that one build up, the sinister dark demons stuff.
Slim_Cat1 More than 1 year ago
The Echoes of Love, to me, reads more like a tourist manual to Venice. There wasn't much else to the story except for a bunch of description of places and events. With all the descriptions and lack of actual conversation I just couldn't get into it and have no desire to finish it.