Title: Burning Embers
Author: Hannah Fielding
Published: April 2012 by Omnific Publishing
Page Count: 269
Genre: Historical Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Circumstance confirms Coral's worst suspicions, but when Rafe's life is in danger she is driven to make peace. A tentative romance blossoms amidst a meddling ex-fiancé, a jealous stepmother, a car accident, and the dangerous wilderness of Africa. Is Rafe just toying with a young woman's affections? Is the notorious womanizer only after Coral's inheritance? Or does Rafe's troubled past color his every move, making him more vulnerable than Coral could ever imagine?
Set in 1970, this contemporary historical romance sends the seemingly doomed lovers down a destructive path wrought with greed, betrayal, revenge, passion, and love.
Fielding has some very well developed characters that bring this novel to life. Although very stuck in their ways they are quite true to what they believe. I love how the male lead is simultaneously strong and weak. He epitomizes the time period of this novel, without becoming a cliché. It’s actually the perfect balance. The female lead is unique in a very different way. The supporting cast is also quite well developed, ensuring a well-rounded and full bodied story that revolves around people and their interaction rather than where they are.
Overall, this story is vividly raw and real. Fielding brings to light many less than savoury issues in a very tactful way while creating a world that her audience loves to walk through.