Sunday, May 21, 2017

#552 : F - Fielding, Hannah

I couldn't make up my mind if I wanted to write about Ken Follet or Hannah Fielding for "F". I found Hannah's work more interesting than Follet's work. Follet's work predominantly are financial thrillers while, Hannah's work is much of a romantic thriller.

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About the writer

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

To date, Hannah has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalucian Nights trilogy (Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy), set in sultry Spain.

My interaction with this writer began a couple of years ago when she sent her book, The Echoes of Love. The richness of the cover left me dumbstruck. It looked so beautiful and the very smell of the book left me dizzy. The story was equally enthralling and rich. The characters were intense and were well developed.  All her books have a magical element involved in them. The highlight of all her works would be the characterization. She would begin with a basic sketch and add layers and layers neatly to give a complete picture. In the age of cringe worthy and tasteless romance books, her books are a refreshing change. Call me old fashioned, but the feeling of reading a story with strong female character courted properly the alpha male character cannot be matched at all by these instant romance stories.

Do read my reviews of her books

  1. Burning Embers

  2. The Echoes of Love

  3. Indiscretion

Do give her books a try for they are totally worth it!


  1. Good one Janani. Nice to know about different authors, unknown to me. I think romance is actually pretty difficult to write, as a genre. So succeeding in writing romance is definitely an achievement. What do you think?

  2. Pure proper romance is difficult to write. Success in this genre is an achievement but then in our country, romance has a different description all together. Her books wouldn't suit people who enjoy Durjoy Dutta or Chetan Bhagat

  3. Haha. Yeah, true. I never agreed with/related to the new school romance. I like proper old school romance where there is real love, not something that is projected as love. No wonder the authors you mention try to cover the new age audience who believe that, that is romance.

    Maybe they will grow up one day to understand what real love is.

  4. Phew! Happy to see someone thinking alike!