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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Aphrodite's Tears by Hannah Fielding is a historical romance novel taking place in the 1970s in Greece. Oriel Anderson, an archaeologist from England, arrives on the island of Helios, having been offered a job excavating a wreck off the coast of the picturesque isle. What she doesn’t know is that the man who has hired her, Damian Lakkas, is not entirely unknown to her. The pair had shared a night of passion on a beach years prior, when Oriel was originally traveling in Greece. However, the carefree man she knew has changed somehow. Still, Oriel is drawn to him, and has an inexplicable desire to peel back the layers of the years to find the man she remembers. With dark rumors and hidden pasts encircling the Lakkas family, will Oriel uncover more than just a sunken ship? Or will old passions flame anew and revive the man she once knew?
Aphrodite's Tears by Hannah Fielding truly was a joy to read. I am a fan of Nora Roberts and I found the story line reminiscent of her earlier works, such as The Reef. I was swept away instantly by the characters, driven by a need to read on and uncover all the secrets of the Lakkas family. Miss Fielding has been impeccable in her research, and it shows in the way she describes Greece, the archaeological digs, and the culture of the people on the island. She provides the right amount of tension between Oriel and Damien, whetting our appetites for more, only to pull back again and leave the reader groaning at the stubbornness of the two characters. This was certainly a novel meant to be slowly devoured, and I will definitely look for more works by this author in the future!