MAS­QUER­ADE

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Han­nah Field­ing, Lon­don Wall Pub­lish­ing Hard­cover $26.95 (416pp), 978-0-9932917-4-6

Noth­ing makes love more ap­peal­ing than a dash of for­bid­den ro­mance, plus a gen­er­a­tions-old ri­valry. Add Span­ish sun­shine and stir gen­tly.

Luz de Rueda is a gor­geous young bi­og­ra­pher, freshly re­turned to her aris­to­cratic fam­ily’s villa in Cadiz. For all her pro­gres­sive think­ing, Luz is es­sen­tially un­touched. “She con­sid­ered the act of love to be just that, pro­voked by deeply felt emo­tion, and for love it­self to be a pas­sion­ate ad­ven­ture,” Han­nah writes. That ad­ven­ture shows up in the form of Le­an­dro, a sea gypsy who cap­tures Luz’s eye. Their mu­tual at­trac­tion is taboo—gypsies and gad­jos don’t mix, and Luz is caught be­tween pro­pri­ety and pas­sion.

In ad­di­tion to the boy-meets-girl story line, there’s also a nice, tightly writ­ten sub­plot that stretches back to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. Throw in a gypsy curse, and things get re­ally in­ter­est­ing. Soon, Luz is en­tan­gled in a for­bid­den ro­mance, plus a long-awaited reck­on­ing be­tween the lovers’ fam­i­lies.

With high pas­sion set in heart-melt­ingly beau­ti­ful land­scapes, Mas­quer­ade is a vivid de­light.

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