Venetia Aston-Montague has escaped to Italy’s most captivating city to work in her godmother’s architect firm, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone.
Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, and despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can’t help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them.
When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but also a sinister count and dark forces in the shadows, determined to come between them.
Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo’s carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart for ever?
Did you do a lot of research for this book?
Yes. I always do. Even though I have a pretty good knowledge of the places in which I situate my novels, I always research my books thoroughly to make sure the facts are right.
Researching my books is an enormous pleasure to me. I have visited so many places, but do not always know them as well as I think I do, and so I enjoy revisiting them and exploring in depth, and also devouring materials like books, documentaries and movies.
My research for The Echoes of Love focused on Venice, a place one can love and hate at the same time, but its history fills me with awe. I also found myself fascinated by Tuscany when I was looking at the background to the chapters set in Santo Stefano – such a beautiful place.
Which of the characters in The Echoes of Love do you most identify with and why?
In all my heroines there is a little bit of me. I always start out intending to inject a lot of me, but these young women quickly take on a life of their own, moulded by the dynamic of the story. I like Venetia in The Echoes of Love as a person. She’s not always brave or clear thinking (like me!), but she is human, kind and sensitive. This inevitably makes her a little moody, and to understand all sides of her complex character takes patience, but she is definitely worth the effort.
About the Author
Hannah Fielding was born and grew up in Egypt. Her family home was a large rambling house overlooking the Mediterranean where she lived with her parents and her grandmother, Esther Fanous, who had been a revolutionary feminist and writer in Egypt during the early 1900s.
Fluent in French, English and Arabic, Hannah’s first experience of the world outside of Egypt was attending finishing in Switzerland when she was 18, after which she travelled extensively throughout Europe and England where she met her husband Nicholas. It was love at first sight.
Hannah and her husband now divide their time between their home in Kent and their house in the South of France, which Hannah has beautifully restored. Hannah’s first novel Burning Embers was published in 2012.