Indiscretion (Andalucian Nights #1) Book Review

Indiscretion Andalucian Nights Book Review

Hey guys!

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:

Summary

Indiscretion Andalucian Nights Book Review

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?

My Review

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.

Indiscretion Andalucian Nights Book Review

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.

Indiscretion Andalucian Nights Book Review

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.

Indiscretion Andalucian Nights Book Review

Indiscretion Andalucian Nights Book Review

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.

Indiscretion Andalucian Nights Book Review

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? 

 

Serena

 

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11 Comment

  1. Hi Serena! Great review – I know what you mean when you say some books are just too long… I think this happens especially in romantic novels, where the action and the plot are sometimes not that complex and it feels like they are just trying to fill up pages and pages… I read a couple of those every summer 😅
    It would be interesting to see how the 50s Spain is presented here. Spanish authors write a lot about these years (and the previous ones), but it’s all stories about the Civil War. I would hope this is less intense in that sense. I might look it up, it sounds fun 😄

  2. Great review! I haven’t read this book but it sounds really good! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Ellie says: Reply

    Great review! I haven’t heard of this book but it does sound really good 🙂

  4. claire says: Reply

    Brilliant review. It sounds like it really captured your imagination.

    I’ll have to keep my eye out for it x

  5. Jenny in Neverland says: Reply

    I do tend to struggle with very long books. 500 pages is probably my maximum capacity and it’s definitely annoying when some parts don’t feel relevant to the story! Glad you enjoyed this one though x

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Yeah I find long books difficult to read too! But I did enjoy this book!

  6. Haven’t encountered this book but it sounds interesting. Reminds me of Jude Deveraux novels I used to read when I was younger.

  7. I love reading book reviews, and you did a great job with this one. While this book doesn’t exactly sound like my cup of tea, the premise is really intriguing. I’m glad you got a chance to check it out for yourself!

  8. I love the sound of the setting in this one, it’s a shame the whole thing wasn’t engaging from start to finish! Definitely sounds like it was worth the read though. Great post!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

  9. I love books that are set in a different country as well. This sounds like a great book although a little long and not engaging in places. Thanks for sharing your review!

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Thanks for commenting!

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