Burning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Burning Embers

4 stars****
 
First, I need to point out that I truly enjoy reading the occasional romance that gives me a little something different than your typical modern romance. So, I was definitely intrigued by the idea of a romance set in Africa in the 60's.
This is a love story in two ways... Coral's love for Africa and an unlikely forbidden love between Coral and Rafe. Coral travels back to her childhood home in Africa to settle her inheritance after the death of her father. She meets Rafe the mysterious neighbor who has earned a bad reputation of being an evil womanizer. And, I'll be honest, for most of the book I didn't really like him. The author does a pretty good job of keeping us guessing about his true nature. But, all I have to say is you need to read it all the way to the end. Because everything is pulled together in a way that makes your light bulbs go off and I was definitely satisfied with the outcome. I mistakenly got the idea that Rafe was "old" until we learn towards the end that he is ONLY 35. People... this is NOT old... LOL. I actually sighed in relief because he was making himself out to be much older. I'm not a fan of huge age gaps in romance so if he had been truly old... I would not have enjoyed this book as much because Coral is only 25. I'm one of those people where age kinda' does matter.
This is a book for a patient reader. It is very descriptive and it is a slow moving romance. The setting is amazing and you are taken to several very secluded and romantic places in Africa. Coral is a photographer so we travel along with her as she photographs some of these beautiful locations and wildlife. The author describes Africa in such detail that you almost feel as if you're there.
My only complaint is that I never really understood the mystery behind what was in the basement. But, seeing that there were a lot of tall tales going on between the locals about Rafe and his relationship with her father prior to Coral's arrival perhaps that's all it was... a rumor and another tall tale.
If you are a fan of romance written in exotic locations you will like this one...

Complimentary copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review.
K~

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