19 Jul 2019

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Book Review / Concerto by Hannah Fielding

When Catriona Drouot, a young music therapist, honours an opera diva's dying request to help her son, Umberto Monteverdi, recover his musical gift, she knows it will be a difficult assignment. She had shared a night of passion with the once-celebrated composer ten years before, with unexpected consequences.

The extent of her challenge becomes apparent when she arrives at her client's estate on the glittering shores of Lake Como, Italy. Robbed of his sight by a nearfatal car accident, the man is arrogant, embittered and resistant to her every effort to help him. Still, Catriona sings a siren's call within him that he cannot ignore.

Caught up in the tempestuous intrigues at Umberto's Palladian mansion, Catriona discovers that her attraction to the blind musician is as powerful as ever. How can she share what she has hidden from him for the past decade? Soon she realises that hers is not the only secret that is rippling uneasily below the surface. Dark forces haunt the sightless composer, threatening his life - for the second time.

Concerto is a sensual and romantic story of lost love and forgiveness, destiny and difficult choices, and of a heroine determined to put things right at last.

Published:     1st August 2019
Publisher:  London Wall Publishing
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Review Copy from Author


Words almost escape me with how beautiful this story was.

We follow Catriona Drouot in two different time lines.  We have the past where she is a young woman living with her mother with dreams of being an opera singer.  It is then where she meets Umberto Monteverdi, who is a world famous musician.  They have a whirlwind romance of a matter of days, I believe, where it ends with Umberto having to leave to follow his career and Catriona left broken hearted.

We also have the present day, where Catriona is a music therapist.  She is approached by Umberto's mother to ask for her help.  It is then that she learns that Umberto has been left blind after an accident and has not taken it well.  After a little time to think, Catriona decides to help Umberto and that is where the story really begins.

What I loved the most was the romance, both in the past and in the present day. I was certainly rooting for them when they first met but it seemed that from the first moment they met again that they were destined to be together.

Along with the above, you also have a mystery.  Many years before, at Umberto's mansion at Lake something happened to one of Umberto's girlfriends, who had new discovered she was pregnant.  Although this is a smaller aspect of the story to start with it does come back into play later in with a very important plot twist.

A truly wonderful, romantic story that will sweep you away...