Thursday, 9 July 2015

Review: Indiscretion by Hannah Fielding

Title: Indiscretion
Author: Hannah Fielding
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction, Adult
Publisher: London Wall Publishing
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Pages: 489 (paperback)
Source: received from author (Thank you!!)

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 privilged 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 the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arena, 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 idealsin the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away.

Indiscretion was the first book I read by Hannah Fielding. It certainly is not going to be the last one because I really liked it.

Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres but unfortunately I do not read it that often. At times it is hard to find good historical fiction so I am always happy when I come across new authors. Most of the time I read books that are set in the 19th century or earlier but this one was set in the 20th century what made it only more interesting for me since I do not know that much about the pre-war years in Europe, even though I live in Europe. The author took us back to 1950 London. Alexandra de Falla has lived her whole life in London after her mother died and her father left her behind with her English aunt. Now her father is back hoping to mend their relationship by taking her on a trip to Spain to meet her Spanish family. Once there she does not find the family she was hoping for but at the same time she finds something more than she could have hoped for. Love.

Indiscretion is mainly a romance book. Alexandra writes romance novels yet she has never experienced it herself. That is until she meets her mysterious admirer in Spain. Alexandra was at many points a bit naïve, even though she was in her mid-twenties. Especially when it came to real life problems. Her upbringing had been a bit sheltered so when she is set free for the first time in her life there are so many new things for her to learn. At times her naivety enjoyed me a bit. But it also gave her a lot of space to grow as a character. And she definitely did grow, by the end of the book I really adored her. Salvador his life has been rocky these past couple of years. He had an accident that left immobilized for a while, his engagement got broken off and he got involved with the gypsies. So when he meets the innocent Alexandra the timing is completely off. He is not exactly the man she believes him to be. I was really intrigued by him and by his mood swings. There were so many things to learn about him. Their relationship had a lot of drama and obstacles. Most of it thanks to Salvador and his many secrets. At times I was a bit annoyed with the back and forth going between Alexandra and Salvador but most of the time I really enjoyed seeing their relationship unfold.

The level of descriptions in this book is amazing. The author did an amazing job describing the customs at the masquerade ball, the bull fights and the different settings in Spain. Reading this book was a whole new experience because of all these descriptions. It was easy to imagine how life must have been in Spain around that time.

Overall I really enjoyed reading Indiscretion. It is a great historical fiction book filled with romance, tension and drama. The author her writing style is great and I could not help turning page after page. If you are a fan of historical fiction than I would definitely recommend this book. Personally I cannot wait to read the other books by this author.


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