Review: Masquerade

 

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From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun.

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?

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*I recived a copy from the author in exchange of a honest review*

If you like romance, then this is for you.

4 flores

The writing:
The writing was good. We read from Luz’s POV and some scenes from Leandro’s POV and Andres’ POV. The only thing I would say is that I wish there were more POVs from Andres and Leandro but I understand why there isn’t.

The Story:
There are many things I loved about this story:
•Spain.
•Gypsies
•Forbidden love.
I go to dance classes where I learn mostly Spanish dances, and through the years, songs and dances we feel those stories. Also, being a descendant of Spanish people helped feeling this book.
While you read it your emotions are mixed and confused. You don’t know anything for sure. Other thing that I easily forgot was that this novel is not set in the present day, and that’s kind of great too.
The end. The end is a surprise but I must say I thought of the possibility. However as I thought of it I discarded it so it was a surprise after all.
This isn’t ‘something never seen’ but it’s an enjoyable read that has love, lies, revenge and scerets.

The Characters:
•Luz: I liked her. I felt like in some aspects I could identify myself with her (I am talking about her personality). She was a bit annoying sometimes, but they were few moments.
•Leandro: I liked his wild personality but at the same time he was loyal and tried to do things as best as he could.
•Andres: He was funny and smart. A bit too bossy sometimes but it was fine.

This is a story of a woman discovering love and all its ups and downs. A story of pure and real love surviving all problems.

Quotes:

“Life is a masquerade,as Eduardo knew. What is truth from one angle is a lie from another.”

“But life is not just black and white, right and wrong. Circumstances often weave a complicated pattern that can obscure the way forward.”

“Flowers in the darkness of night have an intoxicating scent,he murmured. Are you sure that in the cold light of day you won’t turn away from it?”

“The world is small, the legs of lies short and coincidence has a lon-reaching arm.”

About the author:

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

To date, Hannah has published four novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya, 1970; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in turn-of-the-millennium Italy; and books 1 and 2 of the Andalucian Nights trilogy, set in sultry Spain, entitled Indiscretion and Masquerade.

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