Hi guys, and happy Tuesday! Today I have a lovely blog tour for you – it’s for Hannah Fielidng’s new release “Legacy”. It is the third book on the Andalucian Night series but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Book full of very rich descriptions and beautiful settings – if you are in need of a romance, look no further, I am sure you’re going to love it!
Legacy by Hannah Fielding
Publisher: London Wall Publishing
Publishing Date: 25th August 2016
Series: Andalucian Nights #3
Source: Received from the publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 448
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
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…
I must admit that “Legacy” is my first ever book by Hannah Fielding, but as soon as I’ve seen the beautiful cover of this book, and read the synopsis, I was intrigued – Luna’s boss wants her to investigate a clinic in Spain. She lives in New York right now but she is half – Spanish, and also the investigation could help with Luna’s personal dilemmas. There is also – of course – a verrry interesting male character involved in the person of the clinic’s doctor, and believe me guys, I was really immediately sold, so I didn’t hesitate long to agree to be a part of a blog tour for this book.
However, soon it turned out that I’m going to have a problem with this book, and it was the very descriptive writing style. I love rich descriptions, as long as they don’t keep me away from the plot, but sadly it was a case this time. I had a feeling that the characters are never going to come up to a conclusion and it took them three, four pages before they replied to an answer for example. Just have a look at this: “A vivid streak of lightning flashed down to earth from the sky, followed immediately by an ear – splitting crash that seemed to shatter the ground about her, a deafening roar of mighty thunder that rolled and reverberated angrily from directly above, grumbling as it travelled away into nothingness. That tiny part of Luna that still clung to a modicum of reason registered that the storm was passing over. Then again there came more blinding flashes of light that shone through the trunks of the trees like the sharp flickering of old cine film. In fact, the storm was edging closer.” – see? It’s beautiful, right? But it is also so pompous, descriptive, and when the whole book is written in this way, there comes a moment that you are just tired with the richness and beauty of words.
The second problem that I had is that was a very slow read and it was quite uneventful. It also took me some time to get into the story at all. The romance didn’t work for me so much – no idea why! Must be my problem. Maybe it’s because it is a long book and it focusing only on the romance did become a little too dull eventually – but the author has captured the passionate budding relationship with all its up and downs in a great way. It is explored in – just like all the other things in this story – in a very detailed way, that truly doesn’t leave much to imagination, as we know everything, all the inner thoughts, feelings and emotions of those involved. The above mentioned ups and downs were not of life – changing significance, so maybe it’s the next thing that made it not working for me. However, this relationship was very straightforward and even the will they/won’t they didn’t make it so thrilling – yes, there were some misunderstandings, but I wouldn’t say that they were so significant to write about starting the relationship for more than 400 pages. I appreciate that the author tried to add some spice through some characters and some events from the past though, although I was dead sure that even this is not going to change the end of the story – because it was clear from the very beginning how it’s going to end.
I was also expecting, what with the blurb signalizing, that the story will also focus on Luna and Ruy’s work – it would be really interesting and I was really waiting for a scene or two happening at the clinic, or seeing how they work and what it is they do, or how Luna’s investigation looked like – this could make the pace in the book quicker and the story itself a little more brisk but sadly, except for a few passages it mostly focused on the two love birds and their will they/won’t they.
But rich descriptions apart, I think it was mostly the setting that made the book – I personally felt as if I were in Spain, as the author could really beautifully tell about the sights, sounds and people. “Legacy” is a story with a depth about chances, secrets, secrecies and overcoming barriers, about learning to trust. I would say that if you are a romance’s fan than it is a book for you. I personally have expected something more, something different, something that would keep my attention for longer and not make me skip some of the passages. However, judging on the very exuberant writing style, Hannah Fielding is a very talented person and she has a way with words and she has written a passionate book, and I will be looking for more from this author.
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