A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.
Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy's double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.
Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?
Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?
Published: 6th August 2015
Publisher: London Wall
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Series or Stand-Alone: Book 2, Andalucian Nights
Source: Review Copy from Author
What I loved about this story... I am so in love with this story, this world and these characters. Normally I would say that as this is book 2 there is not a lot I can talk about in this story but that is not the case with this one. Yes this is book 2 in a series but we have skipped forward to 1976 (the first book being based in 1950). We are now following the next generation. We get to find out who they are, who they are related to and what is going to happen to to them in this story. As with book 1 in this series, this is still based mostly in Spain and as Hannah's descriptions are so detailed (in the first book and with this one as well) it just felt that I was revisiting a loved place I visited a while ago. I loved that. I won't go into too much detail on the characters as they are the next generation from the first book, in one way or another, but I will say that Hannah Fielding knows how to write a great romance story. This one, however, has a rather surprising twist to it that I had not even anticipated. Loved that too!
In summary... What a great second book in the series. Beautiful romance and a very surprising twist near the end. Although you could read this book as a stand alone, but I would strongly recommend picking up book 1 in this series as you will get more of a sense of history with the characters and with the location as well.