I received a copy of this book from its publicist in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
I had earlier worked Hannah Fielding to review her book, Indiscretion. As you’ll see in my review, it was an angsty story set in Spain which I enjoyed despite disliking the main character. The blurb of Concerto promised not just a lot of angst, but also the secret baby trope, a theme which I loved reading about in one too many fics on Fanfiction.net.
When Catriona Drouot, a young music therapist, honours an opera diva’s dying request to help her son, Umberto Monteverdi, recover his musical gift, she knows it will be a difficult assignment. She had shared a night of passion with the once-celebrated composer ten years before, with unexpected consequences.
The extent of her challenge becomes apparent when she arrives at her client’s estate on the glittering shores of Lake Como, Italy. Robbed of his sight by a nearfatal car accident, the man is arrogant, embittered and resistant to her every effort to help him. Still, Catriona sings a siren’s call within him that he cannot ignore.
Caught up in the tempestuous intrigues at Umberto’s Palladian mansion, Catriona discovers that her attraction to the blind musician is as powerful as ever. How can she share what she has hidden from him for the past decade? Soon she realises that hers is not the only secret that is rippling uneasily below the surface. Dark forces haunt the sightless composer, threatening his life – for the second time.
Concerto is a sensual and romantic story of lost love and forgiveness, destiny and difficult choices, and of a heroine determined to put things right at last.
Catriona is a music therapist who was once on the track to become an opera singer. That is, until she met the great composer Umberto Monteverdi. After a torrid night spent together, Umberto leaves her high and dry. 10 years later, he becomes blind and guess which music therapist is roped in to save the guy? Catriona, of course! But she’s carrying secrets, he’s carrying baggage–how the two process everything and get back together forms the rest of the story.
Concerto is another angsty page turner from Hannah Fielding. However, even I, the connoisseur of all things angsty, wasn’t able to tolerate some of the angst in this book. I just found it a little difficult to root for two characters who had supposedly fallen in love through a one night stand. But I am a cynic, so I know I don’t speak for all readers.
Once again, Fielding has proved how strong her knowledge of Italy and mythology is in this book. At 530 pages, at least 20% of this book is adjective-strewn descriptions of places in Italy and the stories and myths that surround them. Get your passports ready, folks, for these parts of the book will definitely have you checking flight prices to Italy. I don’t know if this geography and mythology is for everyone, however, so fair warning!
The downside to being a hardcore cynic who reads romance novels is I find it very hard to believe certain things in them. In this novel, it was all the grand declarations of love. I found them contrived.
Overall, Concerto is an engaging, angst-filled romance novel which you should definitely read if you like hell a lot of pining, music, and, the secret baby trope.
Rating: 3 out of 5