Title: The Echoes of Love
Author: Hannah Fielding
Published: 2013 by London Wall Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Venetia is in Italy working to restore and save old paintings and relics. Life is simple; and she is single, still haunted by her past love. Venetia meets an Italian man, Paolo, who is definitely interested in her. However, Venetia can’t get past her old love, even though it was a decade ago. Eventually she gives Paolo a chance, just to change her mind and decide to be single again. She goes back and forth with her feelings for a while, but eventually Paolo wins her heart. His love does not come without some mysteries of his past being revealed however. Will these revelations bring them closer together or tear them apart?
This book is enjoyable if read at a leisurely pace. For instance, if you have nowhere to go, you’re relaxed, and you have nothing to do. Read it then. It felt like that kind of book; very relaxing if you will. That being said, it was a little slow. There was some major action near the end of the book, and I wished there was more of that throughout.
Venetia got on my nerves a bit with how she couldn’t decide whether to be with Paolo or not. I understand that she was in love before. But it was over ten years ago. Be happy. Give the guy a chance. It’s a wonder to me that Paolo didn’t give up on her beforehand.
I really like the character Venetia meets, a Chinese man named Ping Lu. He gives Venetia some good advice,
The grief a person goes through causes a change in his perception of himself or his lifestyle, and some sort of adjustment is required to avoid being haunted by the pain. You must choose what to remember from the past, cherish the joys of the present, and prepare for a future – you must look forward, my child. That is the only way. (p. 82)
Great advice! I just wish Venetia didn’t take so long to follow it.
Ultimately, it would have been nice if Paolo and Venetia got together a little earlier in the book; I felt like when they did the pace of the book picked up. Other than that though, it was a good read. And look at the cover; beautiful!
My Rating: 3 1 /2 out of 5 stars
*****I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*****