Blog Tour: Book Review of Song of the Nile by Hannah Fielding

by - May 30, 2021


Published by Midas Publishing, 27 May 2021

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About the book:

From the award winning romance novelist, comes a passionate, slow-burning romance that will have you wanting to move to the continent for an old fashioned holiday romance of pure escapism.

Luxor, 1946. When young nurse Aida El Masri returns from war-torn London to her family’s estate in Egypt she steels herself against the challenges ahead.

Eight years have passed since her father, Ayoub, was framed for a crime he did not commit, and died as a tragic result. Yet Aida has not forgotten, and now she wants revenge against the man she believes betrayed her father – his best friend, Kamel Pharaony.

Then Aida is reunited with Kamel’s son, the captivating surgeon Phares, who offers her marriage. In spite of herself, the secret passion Aida harboured for him as a young girl reignites. Still, how can she marry the son of the man who destroyed her father and brought shame on her family? Will coming home bring her love, or only danger and heartache?

Set in the exotic and bygone world of Upper Egypt, Song of the Nile follows Aida’s journey of rediscovery – of the homeland she loves, with its white-sailed feluccas on the Nile, old-world charms of Cairo and the ancient secrets of its burning desert sands – and of the man she has never forgotten.

A compelling story of passion and intrigue – a novel that lays open the beating heart of Egypt.

A sensual tale of romance and nostalgia, Song of the Nile illustrates the pain of loss, the power of love and the strength of heroine determined to put things right.

My thoughts:

In a time when travel is restricted and we’re all wishing we could whisk ourselves away on an exciting new adventure again - well, I know I am anyway - Song of the Nile provides an incredibly magical and elegant escape into the world of Egypt post World War 2.

Hannah Fielding has an unquestionable talent in transporting the reader into another world. You find yourself feeling completely immersed in the elite high life of Egypt, the glamorous dresses and fancy social parties. Fielding clearly draws on her own experiences to help bring this other world alive for the reader; the sites, the sounds, the whole atmosphere.

Fielding’s protagonist, Aida, has returned to her home after nursing in England during the war with a real determination to settle her family’s affairs and to find out the truth about who was responsible for her father’s death. We delve into a world where strong-minded women are not taken too kindly by a society that has never allowed them to have their own voice. Aida finds herself falling back into the elite lifestyle easily, however relationships with others are tense due to her stubbornness to accept a life chosen for her, rather than one she chooses for herself.

Then comes Phares, the son of the man she believes is responsible for her father’s death. Everything in her head is telling her to stay away, but she finds herself challenged and captivated by him. This is a deliciously sensual story that follows Aida’s struggle between revenge and the undeniable feelings she starts to develop for the one man she wanted to stay away from.

A beautifully captivating story entangled with loss, love and family honour.

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