Sep 18, 2013

~REVIEW~ Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Burning Embers Book: Burning Embers
Hannah Fielding
Genre: Historical Romance

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Coral Sinclair is a beautiful but naive twenty-five-year-old photographer who has just lost her father. She's leaving the life she's known and traveling to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance--the plantation that was her childhood home--Mpingo. On the voyage from England, Coral meets an enigmatic stranger to whom she has a mystifying attraction. She sees him again days later on the beach near Mpingo, but Coral's childhood nanny tells her the man is not to be trusted. It is rumored that Rafe de Monfort, owner of a neighboring plantation and a nightclub, is a notorious womanizer having an affair with her stepmother, which may have contributed to her father's death.

Circumstance confirms Coral's worst suspicions, but when Rafe's life is in danger she is driven to make peace. A tentative romance blossoms amidst a meddling ex-fiancé, a jealous stepmother, a car accident, and the dangerous wilderness of Africa. Is Rafe just toying with a young woman's affections? Is the notorious womanizer only after Coral's inheritance? Or does Rafe's troubled past color his every move, making him more vulnerable than Coral could ever imagine?

Set in 1970, this contemporary historical romance sends the seemingly doomed lovers down a destructive path wrought with greed, betrayal, revenge, passion, and love.

“Believe me, young lady, when I tell you that there is no place for you in his world of ghosts and nightmares — no place for your fresh beauty or your unmarred dreams, no place for your wonderful hope. He can bring you nothing, because he has lost everything. Don’t try to keep him, to tie him down, because if you succeed, if he weakens, he will hate you for it. Let him be. He is not unhappy; he is resigned. He has surrendered and acquired at a high cost a deep understanding of life.”
(Thank you to Hannah for providing me with a copy of Burning Embers and allowing me to read and review it!)

Set in 1970, Burning Embers tells the story of Coral Sinclair's return to her home in Africa. Years after being taken away by her mother Coral finally has the chance to return back to her homeland, but not under happy circumstances. Because her father has passed Coral has inherited their Mpingo home. And on her voyage home Coral meets Rafe, a Frenchman traveling the same direction. Gorgeous, generous and tender Rafe. From the very first time they meet something in him calls to her. 

But when their voyage ends Coral is surprised to learn that she has a stepmother and that she and the "Evil Frenchman" are the cause of her fathers death.

Coral doesn't want to believe the superstitions and she refuses to believe that the man that sets her soul on fire is the same man that could have been so cruel to her father. But with a stepmother weaving her poison, a nanny that believes in the evil that he brings, and a lover that refuses to let go, Coral can't help but have her doubts.  Because if Rafe was innocent he wouldn't be so secretive and so  cruel at times. But the heart wants what it wants and Coral's wants Rafe.So against everything Coral refuses to let others get in the way of what she wants and sets out to prove to Rafe that she is the right women for him. 

But Rafe has a lot of demons in his life and he refuses to let Coral get mixed up with him. Although he is sweet and a gentlemen he is pretty hot and cold throughout the whole book.  His past is pretty terrible and he can't stop the talks that surround him.

Hannah Fielding does a wonderful job setting the picture for you and describing all the beauty that surrounds Coral. Sadly, although I though the story was interesting I think that too much time was spent on the scenery which made it cumbersome to get through. And I couldn't help but also feel like Coral was very naive for her age and at times really desperate. I would have liked her to be a bit more of a stronger heroine. And lastly, the ending was pretty rushed. The entire book was spent going back and forth with these two and then BAM out of nowhere everything is resolved. 

Overall, Burning Embers was a beautiful story and I do recommend that you pick it up.


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