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Title: Aphrodite’s Tears
Author: Hannah Fielding
Publisher: London Wall Publishing
Published: January 25th, 2018
This is the first story that I’ve read by this author and it certainly won’t be the last – I loved it! It is one of the most well written, memorable and enthralling stories I’ve read, a brilliant contemporary second-chance romance with an intriguing mix of Greek mythology, archaeology, mystery and suspense all served up in a superbly crafted, epic love story.
The setting is the fictional Greek island of Helios, the community there, their attitudes, expectations, celebrations and myths are all brought to life within the pages of the book. There are many well developed characters who have significant roles in the story – but I’m only going to say that I’d have loved to meet some of them and definitely avoided others! No names, I don’t want to give away any spoilers!
The story is a contemporary one involving the exploration of archaeological sites on land and in the sea as well as an exploration of Greek island lifestyle, one where modern day aspirations have failed to oust traditional practices and attitudes. The spellbinding story is one that I really didn’t want to put down, a real page turner with characters it is easy to relate to and a real pleasure to escape into. It is filled with unease, angst and turmoil as it becomes clear that enemies are around, but who are they and what are their intentions?
The romance isn’t straightforward either! With their past making both wary, relationships with others also intervening and perils threatening, this is a story filled with extras – from the interesting facts and shared mythological stories to the use of Greek terms (always explained without detracting from the flow of the writing). This is a story that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. My first move after finishing it was to go buy myself another book by this author!
I requested and received a copy of this novel and volunteered to be part of the blog tour for it. This is, however, still my honest review after choosing to read it.
A young archaeologist who travels to the remote island of Helios to investigate an ancient shipwreck, becomes caught in a web of dark obsession, mystery and seduction in Hannah Fielding s latest novel.
In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Hercules was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams.
Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Theodorakis. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her.
As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Theodorakis family. What dangers lie in Helios: a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment?
Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?
Follow this link to read the guest post which I am also sharing today entitled ‘My Favourite Stories of Greek Mythology’ by Hannah Fielding in which she shares some of the stories which helped inspire this book.
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The review, however, is my own honest opinion after reading the book.