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Echoes of Love blog tour

It is no surprise that I adore mythology. With that being said, when I come across a book that incorporates anything even close to mythology, I jump all over it.

I am happy to be participating in a blog tour for The Echoes of Love by  Hannah Fielding.

Hannah Fielding is a novelist, a dreamer, a traveller, a mother, a wife and an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: she writes full time, splitting her time between her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.
Her first novel, Burning Embers, is a vivid, evocative love story set against the backdrop of tempestuous and wild Kenya of the 1970s, reviewed by one newspaper as ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’. Her new novel, The Echoes of Love, is a story of passion, betrayal and intrigue set in the romantic and mysterious city of Venice and the beautiful landscape of Tuscany. It was picked by The Sun newspaper as one of the most romantic books ever written.

You can learn more about Hannah Feilding on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.

Hannah has been gracious enough to guest post today on The Flashlight Reader about one of my favorite topics: Mythology!

The Echoes of Love ‘Legendary’ Blog Tour: The origin of Burano lace

For the love of legends
For me, researching a book is just as enjoyable as writing it. I set each of my novels in a passionate, romantic country, and so that I can really transport my readers there, I immerse myself in the setting: its history, its scenery, its cuisine, its culture. Top of my research list are local legends – I love colourful, age-old stories; the more fantastical, the better!
Since I was a young girl, tucked up in bed and listening avidly to my governess weaving bedtime tales, I have loved legends. Fairytales too, of course – they sowed the seeds for my romantic nature – but legends fascinated me most: those that have stood the test of time, that offer intriguing explanations for the modern world, that are at once fantastical and yet, somehow, believable.
My novel The Echoes of Love, set in Venice, Tuscany and Sardinia, incorporates various Italian legends – told by the hero, Paolo, who is a raconteur extraordinaire, to my heroine, Venetia – and in my research files I collected many more. What better way to share some of these most romantic, magical and atmospheric tales but in this Echoes of Love ‘Legendary’ Blog Tour!
Today I’m taking you to the island of Burano in the Venetian lagoon.

The origin of Burano lace
Burano is world renowned for its long history of lace-making. Situate any novel in Venice and, to my mind, you must pay homage to this most exquisite craft. In The Echoes of Love, the Carnival party at the opening of the book provided the perfect opportunity: 
The long room, flooded with a golden glow from enormous Murano chandeliers, was filled with people mostly hidden behind carnival masks, their disguises rich and colourful, glittering with the splendour of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Transformed by their costumes into stately drifting mountains of Burano lace, with bright trailing peacock skirts of old brocade, the ladies flicked fans before their faceless faces, their heads adorned with neat, small cockaded tricorne.
Lace-making began on Burano in the sixteenth century, and grew into a key source of income for the Venetians. But from where exactly did the particular Burano style of lace originate? Legend has it that its beginnings are rooted in romance:
A fisherman was casting his nets in the Venetian lagoon and dreaming of the young lady to whom her was betrothed when his boat drifted towards a rock on which sat a pretty mermaid – a siren. As was her way, the mermaid tried to entice the fisherman to come to her with a lilting, mesmerising song. But the fisherman was deeply in love with his fiancĂ©e, and he resisted the siren’s allure.
So impressed was the mermaid with the fisherman’s fidelity, she made a wedding veil for his betrothed: she banged her tail on his boat, and the foam that sprang up settled into a beautiful and intricate work of lace.
On the day of the wedding, the fisherman’s bride wore the veil he had mysteriously given to her, and all the guests were struck by the beauty of the cloth. The young women among them took the veil and studied it, and tried to emulate the material with needle and thread. Thus lace making was born, and through good-natured competition to make the very best lace for their wedding dresses, the women began the legacy of the very fine Burano lace.
So there you have it: Burano lace, symbol of a man’s faithful love for his betrothed. It’s little wonder that to this day brides dream of this lace for their wedding attire. But given that a gown made entirely of this lace in the late 19th century took twenty-one women five years to complete, you’d have to be a patient bride indeed!

Follow the tour
If you’d like to read more Italian legends like this, and keep up with the accompanying Very Venetian giveaway in which lots of romantic goodies are up for grabs, follow the Echoes of Love ‘Legendary’ Blog Tour this month:
1 May: Oh My Books!
7 May: Book Briefs
21 May: Simply Ali

WIN in the Very Venetian giveaway

At least one reader commenting on this post will WIN in the Very Venetian giveaway, with prizes totalling more than $600:
·         5 signed hardback copies of The Echoes of Love
·         10 signed paperback copies of The Echoes of Love
·         3 romantic Venetian masks
·         Lots of fabulously colorful Murano glass goodies: 16 pendants, 2 bracelets, 2 paperweights and a vase 

Anyone who comments on a blog tour stop post will be entered in the giveaway. Simply comment below, including your email address so that Hannah can contact the winners. Good luck!

Find out more about Echoes of Love on Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes and Noble.

Seduction, passion and the chance for new love. A terrible truth that will change two lives forever.
Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Italy’s most captivating city to work in her godmother’s architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone.
Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can’t help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them.
When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia must not only contend with a beautiful young rival, but also come face to face with the dark shadows of Paolo’s past that threaten to come between them.
Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo’s carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?


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