FANtastic Fiesta! Andalucian Nights Trilogy Giveaway From Author Hannah Fielding

Andalucian Nights trilogy

The award-winning epic Andalucían Nights Trilogy sweeps the reader from the wild landscapes of Spain in the 1950s, through a history of dangerous liaisons and revenge dramas, to a modern world of undercover missions and buried secrets. Romantic, exotic and deeply compelling, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, including a passionate young gypsy, a troubled young writer and an estranged family, The Andalucían Nights Trilogy is a romantic treat waiting to be discovered.

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Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.

About Hannah Fielding

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.

Hannah is a multi-award- winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.

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Hannah’s Giveaway!

Hannah Fielding is hosting a giveaway on her blog in which she is giving away 6 prizes; a copy of each of the books in the Andalusian Nights in paperback, and 3 gorgeous Spanish fans that correspond to each of the books.

I have read and reviewed Legacy, one of the books in the Andalusian Nights Trilogy, and though I, personally, loved this book, it is much more romantic than I usually promote and therefore encourage caution when looking into this book for yourself. If you want more details, please read my review here.

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Angel Beneath My Wheels by Kathryn S. Moore

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Maybe she was his good luck charm. An angel beneath his wheels.

Beneath his playboy façade, young NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for a family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, is determined to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only two muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she wants nothing to do with him. But Luke’s gentle ways and down home country charm just might win her over—if his painful past doesn’t push her away.

When she begins to touch his heart, he’s haunted by bitter memories of the only woman he’s ever loved—the mother who abandoned him as a little boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her on life’s journey, Rachel perseveres, her innocence and grace breach his defenses and his walls begin to crumble. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love, their very lives, are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the whole auto industry and Luke realizes his final happiness must come through faith, in the One who has always loved him… and always will.

Review:

Learning to trust is hard, especially when the last person you trusted left deep scars.

This is the main issue both Rachel and Luke deal with all through the book, and believably so with their pasts. Rachel and Luke’s story is a memorable one, with plenty of highs, but also with the way they are able to overcome the lows.

It is clean of cursing and other language, however there are several detailed, intense kissing scenes, mentions of rape, abuse, and some other heavy topics that some readers may want to steer clear of. Our friend Luke also has the reputation of a womanizer and typically likes to take them to bed (though there are no detailed scenes of this happening, there is an instance in which we clearly know what happened between himself and another character).

Even though all of these issues were dealt with through the story, they were in place to show that no one is perfect and someone is always struggling with something. And especially that, yes, even Christians struggle daily, but when we turn our focus back on God, we are able to overcome those struggles.

Angel Beneath My Wheels is a fantastic book that I really enjoyed and would certainly recommend to others who want some realistic characters and a realistic story in Christian fiction for once. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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Legacy by Hannah Fielding

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A troubled young journalist finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth dark secrets from the past.

Spring, 2010. When Luna Ward, a science journalist from New York, travels halfway across the world to work undercover at an alternative health clinic in Cadiz, her ordered life is thrown into turmoil.

The doctor she is to investigate, the controversial Rodrigo Rueda de Calderon, is not what she expected. With his wild gypsy looks and devilish sense of humour, he is intent upon drawing her to him. But how can she surrender to a passion that threatens all reason; and how could he ever learn to trust her when he discovers her true identity? Then Luna finds that Ruy is carrying a corrosive secret of his own…

Luna’s native Spanish blood begins to fire in this land of exotic legends, flamboyant gypsies and seductive flamenco guitars, as dazzling Cadiz weaves its own magic on her heart. Can Luna and Ruy’s love survive their families’ legacy of feuding and tragedy, and rise like the phoenix from the ashes of the past?

Legacy is a story of truth, dreams and desire. But in a world of secrets you need to be careful what you wish for…

Review:

Flawless writing and impeccable character building. Legacy takes the readers on a journey through the passions and desires that are aroused from the romantic Spanish culture.

Everything about this book is exquisite; stunningly captured in a way that brings not only the story to life, but also the characters and their feelings with them. It has been a very long time since I have read a book that was written this beautifully, so I am going to be giving it 5 out of 5 stars and simply giving a warning to my followers.

The romance and selective language is extremely high, with intense romance scenes and vivid comments/thoughts from characters, however, this is not an erotica novel by title, just a passionate romance (that does include a sex scene).

Absolutely stunning.

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A Bramble House Christmas by CJ Carmichael

The Synopsis:

Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.

But Willa Knightly is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.

Review:

Nothing is better at getting us into the holiday spirit than all of the mushy-gushy, Christmas Hallmark movies and romance books, and, if you are a reader wanting to get into the holiday cheer, then A Bramble House Christmas is certainly going to get the job done!

Just like any holiday book, this one gives off many warm and fuzzies as we spend Christmas with Willa, Scout, Finn and all of the Bramble family, working to uncover family mysteries, attending Christmas parades, and falling in love with the spirit of Christmas all over again.

The romance is clean, and though there is some language, it is very entertaining and well-worth the read. The mystery is enticing and keeps the book progressing at a decent pace that’s not too slow nor too fast. The characters are easy to get attached to and the readers will find themselves rooting for them to achieve their goals!

All in all, I give A Bramble House Christmas 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it as an excellent way to spread the Christmas cheer!

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Chronicle of a Last Summer by Yasmine El Rashidi

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

A young Egyptian woman chronicles her personal and political coming of age in this debut novel. 

We meet her across three decades, from youth to adulthood: As a six-year old absorbing the world around her, filled with questions she can’t ask; as a college student and aspiring filmmaker pre-occupied with love, language, and the repression that surrounds her; and then later, in the turbulent aftermath of Mubarak’s overthrow, as a writer exploring her own past. Reunited with her father, she wonders about the silences that have marked and shaped her life.

Review:

Chronicle of a Last Summer is very unique to read, possibly because it is Egyptian fiction (and the author herself is Egyptian). It’s writing is very interesting, different, but I actually liked it, and the story is fascinating.

It’s written in first person through the eyes of a young woman, and because its first person, she never addresses her own name, not even when other people are talking to her, making it a lot like a mysterious diary. The dialogue is captured in italics rather than quotation marks and it is written in such a way that the author never needs to put in the phrase “he said”. There are absolutely no indications of who is saying what, yet we know without a doubt who is saying what and in what tone they are using. Like I said earlier, it is very different than anything I have ever read, but it was a good kind of different.

As for the storyline, I eventually lost interest in it and just put it down because it was so repetitive and I couldn’t get into it, I made it about halfway. The content up to that point however was relatively clean only saying the word “bu**er” (which has the same meaning as our “f” word in European countries) twice and a brief one sentence mention of a lesbian couple who are relatives of the main character.

So even though I was relatively pleased with the writing style, I, personally, wasn’t impressed with the storyline and therefore can only give it 3 out of 5 stars, because there are others who will find this title more fitting to their preferences.

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