Masquerade is my fourth novel, and it is the first in which the heroine is torn between two men.The gypsy and the gentleman have many differences.
Leandro comes from a world of danger, darkness and violence. He is passionate, mischievous and impetuous, with a smile that mesmerises and a devil-may-care attitude. He is proud and also kind, compassionate and loving.
Andrés was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, affording him a good education,wealth and an enviable place in society. A sophisticated, successful businessman, he tends to be arrogant and is often enigmatic and taciturn. He is a real gentleman and sensitive, with feelings that run deep, keeping his passionate nature on a tight leash. Courageous and gallant, if he were the hero of a Medieval romance he would not hesitate to run to the rescue of his lady at his own peril.
The differences in the men are what cause Luz, the heroine, to search her soul for what qualities she seeks in a man. But it is the men’s similarities that prove her stumbling block. Both men are handsome, charismatic and charming in their own way, and, most confusingly for Luz, both are Byronic.
Byron created a model for the romantic hero in his long poemChilde Harold’s Pilgrimage, which is still compelling today. The Byronic hero, possessed of so many different characteristics, is sophisticated, slightly dangerous but, most of all,as Byron put it, this kind of hero is a ‘man of loneliness and mystery’.
The sense of loneliness is a draw for the compassionate Luz. She feels for both Andrés and Leandro. She longs to be with each of them.
But what of the mystery that surrounds them? Neither Andrés nor Leandro is being entirely honest with Luz.
Ultimately, when the masks of the masquerade are removed, Luz must decide: is it the gypsy or the gentleman who has won her heart?
Hannah Fielding is 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: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.
To date, Hannah has published four novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’,set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and Indiscretion and Masquerade (from the Andalusian Nights Trilogy), her fieriest novels yet.
She is currently working on her forthcoming book, Legacy, the final title in the trilogy, which is due to be published in spring 2016.