Published by London Wall Publishing on December 6th 2013
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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?
I’ll admit it…I was drawn to the book because it was set in Italy. I’m italian, it’s my first language, and my family is from Cagliari. ┬áSo, I figured a book that might throw in a few sentences in italian and have setting where I’ve actually spent a lot of time would be awesome. ┬áFor the most part, I’ll say sure. ┬á
I REALLY wanted to like this story a lot more than I did. Unfortunately, I felt as though much of the story was buried beneath too much detail. ┬áI struggled to get engaged in the story and didn’t feel as though the story actually started until 30% in. ┬áWere the details interesting? ┬áSure, but did they actually enhance the storyline. ┬áSadly, no.
I will definitely say that once the story took off, I found that I was really interested in who Venetia and Paolo turned out to be. ┬áThere quite an unexpected plot twist, some insane hotness, and tender moments. Venetia liked to hide in plain sight (for a good reason, but she needed someone to pull her out of her self-imposed quarantine). ┬áAs for Paolo, while self-assured on the outside, seemed to be quite lost. ┬á(Great foreshadowing on that one). ┬á
There is a great deal of potential in this story. ┬áIf it could be revised to let it’s true beauty shine, I think people would jump to get to know these characters.