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Review: Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

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Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Published: April 2012

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Coral Sinclair is a beautiful but na ve 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-fianc, 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.

Review:

If you are looking for a romance that feels realistic and is set in a land of untamed beauty, well let me tell you about Burning Embers.

Burning Embers is a beautifully written contemporary historical romance set during the 1970’s in Africa. The story is about Coral who is returning to Africa after her father dies. She meets a stepmother she didn’t know she had as well as a very handsome but very worldly French neighbor.

Almost everyone Coral meets warns her away from becoming involved with Rafe and yet her heart tells her something different. While she is a bit naive and innocent she knows deep down that she wants a man who can paint pictures of her that show her very soul without ever having met her.

This is a slow but heart capturing romance with an undercurrent of mystery. The African sorcery that is weaved in adds another layer to the beautiful African land and the people who live there.

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