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Indiscretion by Hannah Fielding

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Indiscretion is a quick read despite being a 500 page long tome. Read it if you like romance with a twist of angst, with detailed descriptions of geography.

Goodreads synopsis:

23530204A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

Review:

Alexandra de Falla is a half-Spanish/ half-English woman who has lived in England her whole life. A visit from her Spanish father makes her return to her family’s estate in Spain to learn more about her motherland, and herself in the process.

What I liked about the novel: The angst. I like angst. It adds layers to stories and it’s the same here. The writing is also extremely descriptive. Spain is portrayed in a beautiful manner in this book. Every scene involves adjective-strewn paragraphs about the location and/or the story or urban legend associated with the location. Some readers may not like this.

What I didn’t care for: The main character. Gosh, she’s annoying. Listen up, ladies. If a man keeps changing his mind every chapter and oscillates between hot and cold faster than my wonky showerhead, you need to dump his sorry ass.

2009

Here’s how every chapter in this book goes: Alexandra and Salvador have a moment. Alexandra happy. 🙂 Salvador changes his mind and walks away. Alex sad. 😦

Seriously, girl? Don’t you learn?

Oh, and while itty-bitty baby Alexandra mopes about everything through the entirety of this novel, I can’t help but wonder why she thinks she has it bad. She doesn’t. Here are a few examples of exactly how every difficulty Alexandra faces is quickly extinguished (by the author’s God complex?):

  1. Her car hangs off a cliff after an accident. She safely jumps into our boi Salvador’s arms.
  2. An arrow nearly misses her one day. The perpetrator is revealed a few chapters later, but nothing really happens to her again.
  3. The steward in the de Falla estate hates her. The steward is successfully eliminated from Alexandra’s big list of emotional boo-boos after a run in with the gypsies.

There’s a lot more that can be added to this list, but I’m leaving them out so as to not spoil the story. But, why do I still think it’s a good read? It’s fast-paced. You can read it really fast despite it being a tome.

This is a good book despite its main character being a whiner. You should definitely check it out if you like romance, Spain, and/or hugely descriptive writing.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

I started reading this book a week back and I very badly wanted to finish it today and put up my review. Why? Because I’m going to NYC tomorrow for a work thing! Fellow nerds who know the Big Apple are free to recommend lit things that I could do there during the one personal day I’ll have. Yes, NYC enthusiast/book nerd, I will be going to The Strand. Any other recommendation? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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