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A return to true Romance,
This review is from: Burning Embers (Kindle Edition)As someone who does not read romantic novels often I was delighted to come across Burning Embers. What a delight! Here is a book that is true to its genre and that transfers us to a world of true love and romance, not one of artificial excitement and fleeting emotion that we are most often bombarded with these days. This is a book that talks about the purity and the transformative power of love, a feeling that one cannot control even if it come about as a result of a moments connection with a stranger.
What I enjoyed the most about this book was not only the author's romantic description of the intense feelings amongst the two main protagonists, Coral and Rafe, but that it was set in one of the most historically important times for Kenya. Hannah Fielding's underlying description of the political situation in Kenya in the 1970s, whilst not the focus of the book, is at times more palpable than some of the historical books that I have read on this subject. Here is an author of a wonderful romance who intuitively seems to have understood Mboya's role in Kenya's politics at the time and the ripple effects his assassination had on the future of the country.
In addition, this is not a naïve book - the author understands that behind every fulfilled love there is likely to be an unfulfilled one. Here the role of Morgana is crucial. It is clear that her love for Rafe will never be reciprocated but notwithstanding this her love is pure, strong and protective. The author's focus on emotion instead of on the culmination of its fruits is important, it shows that love should be cherished for what it is at all times, it points out that often it is more important to love than to be loved.
Morgana's devotion to Rafe is the ultimate love - an unselfish, mature and sacrificial love that only an author like Hannah Fielding could have brought to life in a way that does not take away or put a shadow across the intensity of the reciprocated and romantic love between Carol and Rafe.
Overall a great book, thank you Hannah Fielding.