Hope you’ve all had a good week! Despite not knowing much about Hannah Fielding’s novel Indiscretion, other than the fact that it is a romance set in Spain, I’d had this book on my radar for a while, before I finally got the chance to read it last month. Read on to find out what I thought about Indiscretion:
A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.
Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.
Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucía, all of which are alien to Alexandra.
Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?
Indiscretion is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?
Indiscretion is a sweeping romance novel that transports the reader back to 1950s Spain. It focuses on Alexandra de Falla, a young woman who decides to abandon her life in England and travel to Spain to spend time with the Spanish side of her family. As a writer, Alexandra is also keen to find new inspiration for the novel she is working on.
Living in Spain proves to be completely different to what Alexandra is used to back home in England, and she quickly gets caught up in the drama that comes with being a member of the de Falla family. Her father doesn’t seem to want to spend much time with her, and his new wife and daughter turn out to be snotty and pretty much unbearable. Alexandra may be a romance author, but she is inexperienced in that department and doesn’t expect to fall in love whilst in Andalucía. There is so much baggage with her new love interest (Salvador) that she longs to return to England, and her stepfamily seem eager for her to leave Spain too.
Alexandra is an endearing protagonist that feels very real. She’s willing to step out of her comfort zone and experience new things, which made me like her even more. I also felt sympathy for Alexandra as she was in a new country with people she barely knows and they’re not exactly the most welcoming people. Certain members of the de Falla family are determined to keep Alexandra and Salvador apart.
I absolutely love books that are set abroad, and as I’ve previously mentioned, Indiscretion takes place in the Spanish region of Andalucía. It is set just after the Spanish Civil War, when the country was ruled by the dictator Franco. It was great to be transported to Spain, especially since it is my favourite country and I haven’t been able to go on holiday since I visited Prague in December. I particularly loved all of the cultural references Hannah Fielding has scattered throughout Indiscretion (for example Feria Goyesca and bullfighting), and reading about the different towns and cities in Spain (such as Rhonda and Seville). The subplot involving gypsies was another compelling aspect of this book.
If I’m being honest, I did think that Indiscretion was very long – it was just over 500 pages on the Kindle edition that I read. There were some parts that I wanted to skip as they weren’t that engaging and didn’t feel necessary to the overall story. Salvador was quite frustrating too – he was very mysterious and sometimes it wasn’t clear what his intentions were.
All in all, Indiscretion is a beautifully written drama that weaves together romance, revenge and family. Despite its length and the fact that it personally took me a couple of weeks to finish (that was more due to working full-time than how much I enjoyed the book), Indiscretion is captivating enough that you could easily devour it in a weekend. If you love Spain or romance novels, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Indiscretion. You can purchase a Kindle edition of Indiscretion for £4.20 from Amazon*.
Have you read Indiscretion? If so, what did you think of it?
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