|Concerto: Hannah Fielding|
Another blog tour for you today, and a new author to me. I've not read any Hannah Fielding before but if Concerto is anything to go by, I'll certainly be looking out for some more.
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. 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.
I found the detail in this book so immersive - I was thrown right into the Italian landscape and descriptions of both that and Nice, where Catriona's life is now, have me longing to visit. We hop back into several chapters detailing how Umberto and Catriona first met, and where their lives have taken them since those romantic encounters, years before.
The pace the slowly builds and so does Catriona's heart rate when she realises she is going to have to see Umberto again. But, he's been through an awful experience and she believes she can help him, so of course she has to do what she can to help.
She faces her fears, with a huge secret to hide and decides to fulfil the opera singer's mother's dying wish and do everything she can to help Umberto.
This is a slow-burning romance with a bit of a twist at the end - I'd say it's the perfect holiday read.