Publisher: London Wall Publishing
Published: 10th February 2014
Pages: 360 Pages
Seduction, passion and the chance for new love. A terrible truth that will change two lives forever.
Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Italy’s most captivating city 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 must not only contend with a beautiful young rival, but also come face to face with the dark shadows of Paolo’s past that threaten 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?
Thanks to Midas PR for sending me a copy of Echoes of Love to read and review.
I’m a sucker for all things Italy and to read a novel that was set here was just perfect for me. Just reading about the surroundings, the food and the language sent me into a dreamlike state and I often found myself longing to go on holiday. Italy is one place that I haven’t actually visited, but many family and friends have told me it’s beautiful. Also, my boyfriend has an interest in the Roman architecture, so I’m not sure why we’ve never been! I’m slightly jealous of Hannah and the fact that she’s probably been to Italy on several occasions and enjoyed rich tasting food with a hint of wine.
I’d just like to say that although I have given Echoes of Love a 3 out of 5 rating, that is no way directed at the author or how she has written the novel, more that it just wasn’t for me. The novel itself is written perfectly and flows to the degree where you forget you’re reading such a thick book (well, my copy was!). The reason for the rating is because of how long and sometimes irrelevant the descriptions seemed to be. For example, when Venetia and Paolo are at the masquerade ball I wasn’t particularly interested in the entirety of the event, the room decoration to exact details or the individual dress of most of the guests. Personally, such over describing detracted from what The Echoes of Love is primarily about, Venetia and Paolo forming a bond.
Please don’t judge the book primarily on my rating or review because Goodreads reviews and other book bloggers have absolutely LOVED The Echoes of Love and given it multiple 5 star reviews.