Another incredibly romantic and swoon-worthy Andalucian Nights novel. I literally couldn’t put it down, but at the same time, I was dreading finishing the book. It was so good. And the thing is, I read the 3rd book in the series first, so I’m reading the series backwards now, and I literally know almost every single character presented in the story. Every now and then I’d go like: Oh isn’t Lorenzo Luna’s uncle and isn’t that person someone’s daughter. It was so much fun, I’ve memorized their family tree by heart.
But what never fails to captivate me is the portrayal of Spain’s brilliance (And maybe also that of the Spanish men… Who am I kidding? Definitely!). That intensifying energy/tension that’s always expressed between the couple in every single Hannah Fielding book has become my favorite feature ever in her novels. It’s a trademark of hers, I’m sure. I’ve never read anything quite as similar.
When Leandro and Andres were introduced, I was like 100% sure they were the same person, despite Luz’s assumptions that they might be related. But the fact that Leandro’s eyes were green while Andres’ were black literally made me stay up at night thinking how the hell that might actually work. And I’d go like: Did contacts exist in the 70s? I had no idea.
But then when everything began to unravel, what with the gypsies and Leandro’s mother’s and his uncle’s vengeance and all that… Things started to click into place, kind of.
When he came clean to Luz at the end, my heart literally shattered into pieces.
This book was a pure piece of heaven. Makes me want to visit Spain and fall head over heels in love.
Perfect. Just perfect
From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun.
A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.
Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.
Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?
Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?