Book Review: Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Reviewed by: Marianne
Format: Paperback
Pages: 269
Published: 24th April 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Source: Mida PR for Review
Genre: Adult Historical, Romance
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Burning Embers is a contemporary historical romance novel set in 1970s Kenya. It tells the story of the developing love and passion between Coral, a naive, young English girl returning to the place of her birth, and Rafe, the handsome but tortured womanizer to whom Coral is inextricably drawn.

It's a story of long, hot African days and sultry nights; of slumbering beasts and awakening desires; of intrigue and darkness; of journeys beginning and ending; of growing up and letting go; of falling in love, and following your heart

Set in 1970, this contemporary historical romance sends the seemingly doomed lovers on a path of greed, betrayal, revenge, passion and love.

The main plot in this book is the typical love story, which is filled with the twists and turns we all experience. Set on the romantic backdrop of 1970s Kenya, it removes all the everyday drama of a more civilized country and sets to focus on the main characters in a way that allows the reader to be drawn into their struggles.

The main character, Coral, is a 25 year old woman who, at the beginning of her new found womanhood falls for the ultimate bad boy, Rafe, who himself is struggling with his own internal demons. The struggles they both face, albeit exagerrated, are some faced by men and women the world over who are on the cusp of self discovery.

In all, the book is well written, and has a steady plot with relatable characters. With some minor twists and turns, that are not at all expected, the story flows well. This made it easy to read and follow. The inclusion of the details of Kenya also added to the romance of it all, making it all the more sensual in parts. The only flaw is that to some it may seem a little slow.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good love story, it is certainly a good read that I would be happy to offer to someone. The main reason I only gave this book a 3 rating is that I personally found it to have a slow start, and was rather "cookie cutter love story" in my personal opinion.

Rate: 3/5

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